Request an Interlibrary Loan
Get access to books, journal articles, and other items that are not held in the University Library collections through the Interlibrary Loans service. The library will source whatever you need for study, research and teaching purposes from libraries around Australia and overseas.
- The interlibrary loan service is available for all University staff, students and registered Alumni members.
- Most users are eligible for 50 free standard requests per calendar year.
How to request
Before submitting an Interlibrary Loan request, please check the item is not already held by us in Library Search.
There are two ways to request an Interlibrary Loan:
- A request form is available at the top of the Library Search page under Interlibrary Loans. Please enter as many citation details as you can, ISSN or ISBN are preferred. If you don't have the information for required fields (indicated by a *), please leave a dash in that field.
- Sign in to My Library and search for an item in Library Search. If what you're searching for doesn't appear in the results, select the Expand beyond library collections box on the right-hand side and it will re-search. Click on the item you're looking for. If not already signed in, click Sign in to request , then the Interlibrary Request link. An Interlibrary Loan request form will be automatically filled with the citation details.
Most libraries in Australia and overseas will lend books from their collections to other libraries. Journal articles are supplied according to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. Most university libraries will not lend copies of their theses, but arrangements can be made to buy a copy.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your request, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Manage your requests
To renew your Interlibrary Loans you can click the + symbol next to your open request and it will expand the details. You have the option to request a renewal of the item, or message us if you have any questions. Please note that these options are not available in your MyLibrary list of loans.
Renewals are not automatic and do not happen immediately as we have to contact the supplying library to ask for a new loan period. Not all libraries will allow renewals and all renewals are subject to the lending policies of the supplying library.
Every staff, student and registered alumni member of the University of Adelaide is entitled to 50 free standard requests per person, per calendar year. For requests that exceed the 50 per year limit, loans held overseas, or for individual requests that exceed the standard cost of AUD$25, the following extra charges will apply:
- Rush requests: AUD$33 (please allow approximately 2 days for delivery).
- Overseas book loan: AUD$55.
- Requests after annual 50 reached: AUD$16.50 per standard request.
Staff and eligible students of the University may be able to cover these additional charges using a Department Fund Code, but please check with your department first. Alumni may cover the additional charges with payment via the Online Shop. Please contact us for more details.
- Please allow approximately 14 working days for delivery of your Interlibrary Loans. This can vary depending on shipping, availability and the location of the item.
- Loans coming from overseas may have a longer turn-around time.
- Rush requests (delivery within two days) are available at an additional cost.
Collecting your requested book or item
- Once we receive your Interlibrary Loan item from the supplying library we will notify you via email and SMS. It will then be available to collect from the Requests Pickup shelf at your nominated location.
- Journal articles and book chapters will be sent to you as an email attachment in pdf format, where possible.
Returning your book or item
- You can return your items to any University Library return chute or to an Ask Library staff member.
- When returning your item, please ensure the plastic ILL strap and relevant paperwork are attached to the loan, to help facilitate prompt return and removal from your record.