Information Services

Interlibrary Loans

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

Important Service Update

In response to COVID-19, Interlibrary loans will be offering a digital only service until further notice. Electronic versions of articles and chapters will continue to be sourced where possible but users will not be able to request print materials. Please note that it may take significantly longer to process requests at this time.

No fines will accrue on items over this period and users will not be fined for the late return of items due to the current Library closures.

Please retain your ILL items at the moment, to be returned when we are again able to provide access to our libraries.


About Interlibrary Loans

The Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) is one way to obtain material which is not held by the University of Edinburgh. This service may also be used to request material held in some other University library sites and the University Collections Facility (UCF). Information to help you use this service is provided.

Request an Interlibrary Loan

ILLiad is an automated system for requesting and tracking interlibrary loan materials.

Paying for Interlibrary Loans

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

Delivery of Interlibrary Loans

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

Copyright and Interlibrary Loans

Information on copyright restrictions and requesting Inter Library loans for commercial purposes.

Interlibrary Loans service for external users

The University Library can also provide ILL services 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 ILL Team for further help and advice.

Related Links

Request Interlibrary Loans and Intralls using ILLiad

University Collections Facility