The SSL will accept requests for material from our collections from UK or overseas external institutions who hold a British Library account number, and who confirm that a copyright declaration has been received by the individual for whom the request is being placed. We do not offer interlibrary lending services for commercial purposes, or in exchange for IFLA vouchers or any other method of payment outside of the British Library scheme.
We can supply books, individual items which are part of a statistical series, microfilms, discussion and working papers, and articles from journal issues.
We do not supply key textbooks (Library Use Only’ on SOLO), theses, books from the High Demand Collection material ('Issue Desk' after the shelf mark on SOLO), material from the Refugee Studies Grey Literature collection (‘RSC Boxes’ in the shelf mark on SOLO), or whole journal issues.
We charge standard British Library prices:
- loans: £15.95
- loans (overseas): £22.35
- scans and photocopies: £10.90
If a unique item is requested (including microfilms and items from statistical series), we will post this by recorded delivery and levy the postal cost in addition to the cost of the request. For overseas institutions, we will post by airmail and levy the postal cost in addition to the cost of the request.
How to request an item
Check that the item you wish to request is available in the Bodleian Social Science Library by searching SOLO, the University’s library catalogue. Items held at the SSL will have the library code ‘SocSci’ and the location code ‘SSL Main Lib’. Please apply directly to the holding library.
Email your request details to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the following information: title, author, volume and issue number (for periodicals), shelf mark, British Library account number, request reference number and the address to which the request is to be sent.
Dispatch, loan periods and returns
We aim to dispatch requests within 2 weeks. Please do not send a chaser until this time has expired. If we are unable to supply a request, we will contact you, usually by email.
All items are supplied with a purple slip: this should be kept and returned with any loaned material. For photocopies this may be discarded. The slip confirms the charge we will levy for the request, the due date for loaned material, and provides request details including any specific restrictions applying to the loan.
Books are usually loaned for 28 days. We may restrict loan periods for unique items, including material from statistical series and microfilms. Renewal requests can be submitted by email to email@example.com. For certain types of material, such as unique items, we may specify that no renewal is possible.
A returns label is provided for loaned material. Please use this when returning the item to us. Items must be returned to us in secure packaging by the specified due date. We will send reminders if items are overdue. We may invoice for items which are not returned or returned in an unsatisfactory condition.