Information Services

Interlibrary Loans service alerts

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Important Service Update

From Monday 10th May 2021, library users will be able to place interlibrary loan requests for physical items, in addition to the existing digital service for articles and chapters. This is limited to University of Edinburgh students, staff, official visitors and NHS Lothian staff.

Please note that some physical items may still be difficult to obtain due to the ongoing restrictions in place at other libraries in response to COVID-19.

No fines will accrue on items issued prior to the lockdown period and users will not be fined for the late return of items due to Library closures.

Full details of the provision of library services, including opening hours, can be found on the Library Services Update 2021-22 page.

Library Services Update 2021-22

Return of Interlibrary Loans 

University of Edinburgh library users: 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. Please note that returned items will not be removed from your ILL account immediately and may still show as on loan to you after being returned.

Other libraries outside of the University of Edinburgh: Books loaned as Interlibrary Loans may be returned. Please note that returns may not  be opened immediately after being returned to the library.