The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) network allows us to borrow items for RGU staff and students from other libraries in the UK and abroad which are not available in our own collections.

If you have any questions please contact the ILL Team by telephone 01224 263450 or email us

What can I request?

You can request a variety of materials on inter-library loan including:

  • books
  • single chapters from books
  • reports
  • journal parts
  • journal articles
  • conference papers 

It is not possible to guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period. For example, articles from mainstream journals often arrive within a few days, while some books may take several weeks, or longer. Occasionally, for the harder to trace items, we are unable to obtain the item.

How do I register and make requests?

Our guide takes you through the process of registering and submitting requests:

Inter-library Loans Guide (PDF 360KB)

Before you can use the service you first need to register. 

Create a new Inter-Library Loan Account

Once you have registered with the service, you can make requests.

Login to your Clio Account

PLEASE NOTE: Before submitting any request, it is important to click on the Check RGU Holdings button to be sure the item is not already in our stock. Requests for items held in our stock will not be processed. Undergraduate and postgraduate students should also check Aberdeen University Libraries and Aberdeen Public Library Catalogue as we will not request articles from journals held by these libraries. Students should arrange to visit these libraries themselves.

Who is my inter-library loan authoriser?

As Schools and Departments are usually charged for each ILL supplied, all requests need to be authorised. When registering for the service, you need to nominate an ILL authoriser. 

Inter-Library Loans Authorisers (PDF 100KB)

Is there a charge for requests?

As indicated, the Library charge of £4 per request is usually paid by your School or Department. However, you can pay the charge personally.

Can I renew?

If you need to hold on to your ILL for longer you can request a renewal in which case there is a personal charge of £4 per loan. Please be aware however, that a renewal request will not always be successful.

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

  • Books for staff and students who are NOT distance learners need to be collected from your home site Library.
  • Distance Learners based in the UK can get books requested on inter-library loans sent to them.
  • Photocopies (of journal articles, conference papers, single chapters from books) for staff or research students are posted to your School/Department. Photocopies for all other students are posted directly to you.