Students

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students - what can you request through Interlibrary loans?

How do I apply for an interlibrary loan?

To apply:

  • Register to use interlibrary loans at https://ill.abertay.ac.uk
  • Log in to https://ill.abertay.ac.uk using your network username and password.
  • Complete the online application form. Please ensure that you give us full details of the item you require otherwise this will delay your request. As the service is heavily subsidised all requests must be authorised by your course tutor.
  • We strongly advise that you discuss your requests with your tutor before submitting it to Interlibrary loans as a non refundable fee (£5.00) is charged for each request. Once you submit your request your tutor will be contacted to authorise your request.
How do I receive my request?

Document delivery

Journal articles will usually be supplied by the British Library using DRM Lite. Once you have registered for a free British Library On Demand account, the British Library will email a link to your Abertay email account which will give you access to view the item as a PDF. Further information and instructions are available on the DRM Lite factsheet.

Book Loans

Books are supplied as a loan and must be collected from and returned to the Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ).

How long does it take?

As the items are supplied by another library we cannot guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period. However:

  • We aim to send your request to the British Library within 48 working hours of receiving your payment and authorisation from your tutor. You should allow 10 working days for loans but DRM Lite electronic article delivery tends to be much faster usually within 5 working days or less.
  • Occasionally items will not be held at the British Library and these can take considerably longer.
How much does it cost?

Cost:

  • This service is heavily subsidised but there is an administration charge of £5.00 for each request. This charge is non refundable.
  • Overdues and renewals are charged at £4.65 per item.
  • The British Library charges a minimum of £160.00 for each lost or damaged item so you are advised to take care with any loan. This charge is non-refundable once the British Library has sent an invoice.
  • Payments for your interlibrary loan requests can be made through your library account: go to Library Search > My Account > Pay fines or at the Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ). Any requests not paid for after 2 weeks will be cancelled. 

Staff and Researchers

What can you request through interlibrary loans? 

How do I apply for an interlibrary loan?

To apply:

  • Register to use interlibrary loans at https://ill.abertay.ac.uk
  • Log in at https://ill.abertay.ac.uk using your network username and password
  • Complete the online application form. Please ensure that you give us full details of the item you require
  • If you need advice on completing your form or have any other queries regarding the Interlibrary loans service, please ask at the  Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ), or contact us by email Interlibrary@abertay.ac.uk or by phone (01382 308833)
How do I receive my request?

Document delivery

Journal articles will usually be supplied by the British Library using DRM Lite. Once you have registered for a free British Library On Demand account, the British Library will email a link to your Abertay email account which will give you access to view the item as a PDF. Further information and instructions are available on the DRM Lite factsheet.

Book Loans

Books are supplied as a loan and must be collected from and returned to the Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ).

How long does it take?

As the items are supplied by another library we cannot guarantee to obtain any item within a specified period. However:

  • We aim to process you request within 48 working hours. You should allow 10 working days for receipt of loans but DRM Lite electronic article delivery tends to be much faster, usually within 5 working days or less.
  • Occasionally items will not be held at the British Library and these can take considerably longer.
How much does it cost?

Cost:

  • Staff and research students are not charged for applications. The cost of requests is met from the Interlibrary loan budget. 
  • Renewals are charged at £4.65 per item. (These must be paid by the borrower).
  • Overdues are charged at £4.65 per item (These must be paid by the borrower). 
  • Lost items are charged at a minimum of £160.00 (to be paid by the borrower). This charge is non-refundable once the British Library has sent an invoice.
  • British Library's prices can be viewed online.

Theses

Using other libraries

Remember, you may be able to source the item you are after from other library.  Check our using other libraries page for more information about the reciprocal borrowing schemes available to you.