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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

Registered users of Cambridge University Library can now submit Inter-Library Loans requests from anywhere in the world with our new Online Request form and online payment system. Simply fill in the request form and submit it, make an online payment with a credit or debit card through the University's eSales platform and let us try and acquire the material for you.

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 £5.00 for members of Cambridge University and £12.00 for all other readers. Inter-Library Loan requests can be submitted by either of the following methods:

Online

Submit your Inter-Library Loan request online, with payment by Credit or Debit Card (Visa, Delta, Mastercard, Solo, Maestro (if issued in the UK), and Visa Electron). We are currently unable to accept Amex for online payments.
Access the Online Inter-Library Loan Form.

If you have already submitted an online inter-library loans request but were unable to submit payment, you may access the online payment platform here.

Paper If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, please complete our Universal ILL Request form which is available at the West Room Enquiry Desk or can be accessed here. Please print the form, fill it in and hand in at the ILL Enquiry Desk in the West Room, with payment, or send through the University Messenger Service (Cambridge University premises only) or the postal service. Cheques should be made payable to 'University of Cambridge'.

For UK & Overseas 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.

Location

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)
E-mail: ill@lib.cam.ac.uk