Books, journal articles and other items needed for teaching and research that are not held by the University of Adelaide Library, nor readily available for purchase, may often be obtained through the Interlibrary request service.
- Telephone: 8313 5346
- FAX: 8313 4370
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who may use the service?
The Interlibrary request service is available to staff, students and alumni. We will supply 50 standard requests free of charge per person per calendar year.
Note that non standard costs (fast track/rush requests and overseas book loan requests), exceeding $25 per request are excluded, requiring the provision of an account code.
Making a request
Interlibrary requests should be made using the request form.
Most libraries in Australia and overseas will lend books from their collections for use in other libraries. Any conditions laid down by the lending library must be strictly observed, for example, that the book be used only in the borrowing library. In some circumstances the library may purchase a copy of your requested book instead of borrowing it from another library.
Requested items may be picked up from Service Enquiries. Please ensure that the book is returned to Service Enquiries in time for its return to the lending library by the due date. Renewals are not normally granted on loans of books from another library.
Articles from journals are obtained subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. Briefly stated, the Act restricts copying to one article from an issue of a journal, or two or more articles where they relate to the same subject. Please ask the Interlibrary Requests Supervisor, or your Branch Librarian, if you require more articles than the Copyright Act permits.
Most university libraries will not lend copies of their theses and so arrangements must be made to buy a copy.
Purchase of a thesis requires authorisation from your Research Librarian. Purchased theses will remain the property of the library and will be added to the library collection.
Check the progress of your requests
Login using your library barcode and last name (in capitals) to check the progress of your requests.
For requesting that exceeds fifty per year or exceeds $25, the following charges apply.
Standard (allow approximately 2 weeks for delivery)
- Books $16.50
- Articles $16.50 for 1-50 pages; $4 for each additional 50 pages (or part thereof)
- Overseas articles $16.50 for 1-50 pages; $4 each additional 50 pages (or part thereof)
- Fast track/rush $33 ( allow approximately 2 days for delivery)
- Overseas book loans $44
Last update: 23 February 2013 by Margaret Colmer