Information Services

Interlibrary Loans

The following pages provide full details of our Interlibrary Loans service.

Service Update: January 2023

​​​​​​Requesting from other University of Edinburgh Library sites

Requesting from other University of Edinburgh Library sites is not currently available. 

Requests for borrowing physical items can only currently be placed on items held at the University Collections Facility or items on loan to another user.


Return of Interlibrary Loans

You may return your ILL items to the Main Library using the book returns machine in the entrance area, or to the site library from where your ILL request was collected. 



About Interlibrary Loans

The Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) is one way to obtain material which is not held by the University of Edinburgh.

Request an Interlibrary Loan

A guide to using DiscoverEd for requesting and tracking Interlibrary Loan materials using your Library Account.

Paying for Interlibrary Loans

Details of how much it costs to use the service and how to pay for requests.

Delivery of Interlibrary Loans

Details of how to obtain your Interlibrary Loan items, loan periods, renewals and recalls, and what to do if an item is lost.

Copyright and Interlibrary Loans

Information on copyright restrictions and requesting Interlibrary loans for commercial purposes.

Interlibrary Loans service for external users

ILL services can be provided for registered Library borrowers who are not members of the University and for external institutions

Interlibrary Loans service alerts

Any alerts about the ILL service will appear here.

Help and support

Contact the Interlibrary Loans Team for further help and advice.

Related Links

University Collections Facility