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PRICE INCREASE from 1st August

With effect from 1st August 2017, requests for Inter-Library Loan will be charged at the following prices per item:

  • £5.00 - Cambridge University Members & Alumni
  • £12.00 - Readers

All renewals, regardless of lender, will incur a £5.00 renewal fee. In the event that we are unable to acquire the material, a full refund will be issued.

The University Library offers an Inter-Library Loan service which provides access to material not held within Cambridge University whilst also supplying material from its own stock to other libraries.

For Cambridge University Library Users

A wide variety of printed and microform material can be obtained from the British Library and other Libraries within the UK and overseas, including:

  • Books (and chapters from books)
  • Theses
  • Journal articles (and loan of whole issues)
  • Conference papers
  • Selected microforms

Anyone who has access to the University Library may use this service. The fee for an Inter-Library Loan request is currently £3.00 for members of Cambridge University and £6.00 for all other readers. Payment can be made in cash or by cheque made payable to "University of Cambridge".

To submit an Inter-Library Loan request, simply visit us in the West Room, or print out and complete a copy of the approporiate request form and send it to us with a cheque via the University Messenger Service (UMS) to: Inter-Library Loans Department, Cambridge University Library

Other Libraries

The Inter-Library Loans department is able to provide loans or copies of items held within the collections of the University Library and several other Departmental and Faculty libraries. We welcome requests from Libraries within the UK, Republic of Ireland and Overseas.


The Inter-Library Loans Enquiry Desk is situated in the West Room.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday : 09.00-19.00 (21.45 in the Easter Full Term for consultation of ILL items only, not for accepting ILL requests)

Saturday : 09.00-16.45


Contact us

Inter-Library Loans
Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR

Tel.: 01223-333039 or 333080
(33039 or 33080 on the internal network)