The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service can source items for you if they are not available from our own print or electronic collections.

What can I request?

You can request the following:

  • books
  • reports
  • single chapters from books *
  • journal parts *
  • journal articles *

* No more than one article from any issue of a journal, or one chapter of a book (or up to 5% of the whole item, whichever is greater), may be requested.

How do I place a request?

University staff and students can place inter-library loan requests using the library catalogue - LibrarySearch.  If you find something that does not offer full text, just click on the inter-library loan link and log in to your account to place your request.

Alternatively, you can place a request using our request form.

Is there a charge for requests?

The charge of £4 per request will be paid by your school or department.  Alternatively, you may pay personally if the request is not authorised by your school.

Who is my inter-library loan authoriser?

When requesting an inter-library loan, you will be asked to enter your authoriser's email address.  Details of authorisers can be found below.

Inter-Library Loans Authorisers (PDF 100KB)

When will I receive my requested item?

We cannot guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period.  Articles from mainstream journals often arrive within a few days, but more obscure items may take several weeks or longer.  We may occasionally be unable to source an item due to availability or copyright restrictions. 

Can I renew?

To renew an inter-library loan, please email - there will be a charge to you of £4 for each renewal.  Please be aware however that a renewal request may not always be permitted by the lending library.

How will I collect or receive my inter-library loans?

  • Books for staff and students who are not distance learners should be collected from the library.
  • Distance Learners based in the UK can have inter-library loan books posted to them at a cost of £5 per item.
  • Scans of journal articles and single chapters from books will be emailed to your RGU email address.

If you have any questions, please contact the inter-library loan team on 01224 263450, or email us at