Information Services

Request an Interlibrary Loan

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

Important Service Update

As of April 2020, users may place Interlibrary Loan requests through DiscoverEd and manage loans using their DiscoverEd Library Account:

Who can use the ILL service?

All University of Edinburgh staff and students may place ILL requests. External users who are registered borrowers with the Library are not currently able to place requests for ILL material. 

Interlibrary Loans can be used to request material which is not held by the Library. More information can be found on the main ILL information page.

About Interlibrary Loans

How to request material

Before making any requests, please check DiscoverEd to see if the item you need is owned by the University of Edinburgh.

Go to DiscoverEd

To request an item through Interlibrary Loans, please use DiscoverEd as outlined in the guide below.


Each time you submit a request, you will be required to indicate your agreement to abide by the British Library's copyright conditions, known as the Library Privilege Service.

What is Library Privilege?

Help and support

Who do I contact if I have problems with or questions about ILL?

Contact the Interlibrary Loans department if you have any issues placing requests.

Interlibrary Loans

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