Our inter-library requests service (also known as inter-library loans) can attempt to obtain both loans of items and scans 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.
You can place your request on SOLO via the 'Need more?' link at the top of the page. You will need 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
Each reader may have up to 5 active requests. This limit helps us to maintain a high standard of service to all readers. After you have finished consulting print items, or once digital items have been sent to you, you will be able to place further requests within this limit.
We’ll supply copies of articles and chapters in electronic format wherever possible, but please note that we will sometimes need to send copies to you in paper format. We’ll send these to the address in your reader record.
Once your request has been submitted, you'll receive a confirmation email.
When placing a request, you must agree to the copyright declaration on the request form.
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
This service is free of charge to Oxford University users and NHS staff.
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. Payments for requests will be added to your library account. Charges will be added on delivery of the item. Payments should be made via Oxford University Stores Online. Once payment has been received, charges will be removed from your account.
If you are making the request for commercial purposes, commercial charges apply regardless of which card you hold.