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Library Skills

Inter Library Loans

The Inter Library Loan (ILL) service enables you to request items, physical books, digital book chapters and journal articles that are not held at Plymouth University library. Your request will initially be sent to the British Library; if they cannot supply it, we can try other ILL lending libraries.

ILL requests are paid for by the university. Please make sure that any ILL requests you make are for books or articles essential to your studies, and please also check that the library does not already hold the item, and that it is not available freely online, before placing an ILL.

Please make sure you are able to collect and return an ILL book in person.

Contact Details:

ILL Team illply@plymouth.ac.uk

If you need help accessing alternative resources, please speak to your Information Specialist.

(01752) 588766

You are not currently charged for making an ILL request. However, other fees apply.

  • There is a £5.45 renewal fee, which will be added to your library account automatically if the item becomes overdue.
  • There is a £15 ‘failure to collect’ fee, which will be added to your library account if you fail to collect your physical book or journal request from the library.
  • Lost inter library loan books from the British Library will be charged at a minimum of £185.50. Other suppliers may charge different fees. These may be able to be refunded, minus an administration fee, if the lost item is returned within six weeks.

The Inter library Loan is a service through which members of the University of Plymouth may obtain material that is needed for research that is not available in the current Library collections.

Please make yourselves familiar with the ILL policy before requesting an Inter Library Loan.