Our Inter-Library Loans service can attempt to obtain both loans of items and photocopies from other libraries in the UK and worldwide, when the material required is not held in an Oxford library.
This service is available to all University and Bodleian Reader card holders.
Placing a request
Before placing a request, check SOLO thoroughly to make sure an Oxford library does not hold the material you need. Staff will be happy to assist with any questions.
Requests are placed using the online inter-library loan request form. You will be asked to log in with your Single Sign-On (SSO) or Bodleian Libraries account details. Your contact details will be automatically imported. Please complete the form with as much information as possible to help our team locate the item in other libraries.
You may request:
- physical loans to be sent to a participating library of your choice
- journal articles
- book chapters
There is a charge for requests
Copies of articles and chapters will be supplied to you in electronic format wherever possible, but please note that we will sometimes need to send copies to you in paper format.
You may request paper copies, rather than electronic delivery, by selecting this option in the request form. Copies supplied in paper format will be sent to the address in your reader record.
When placing a request, you must agree to the copyright declaration. UK copyright guidelines state that you may receive copies of:
- one chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is greater
- one article from an issue of a journal.
If you require more than the prescribed limit you should ask to borrow the item instead. Copyright law still applies, so you will not be able to make copies over the amount shown above.
Supplying libraries may impose different restrictions on copying from items. Some libraries insist on any copying being done only with permission, or by a staff-mediated service.
Prices and payment
Once your request has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email and the default charge will be deducted from your PCAS account. The default charge is for ‘Standard UK requests’.
Oxford University card holders and NHS staff are charged at a subsidized rate (if the request is for non-commercial purposes).
Bodleian Reader card holders are charged a non-subsidized rate and it may be cheaper to use the services of your own university or public library.
If you are making the request for commercial purposes, commercial charges apply regardless of which card you hold.