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The Inter-Library Loans Department welcomes requests from Libraries within the UK and Republic of Ireland.

We accept requests by e-mail, mail and telephone. Payment is made by British Library billing account so please remember to include in your request your account no. and a request/reference number.

Cambridge University Library (CA/U-1) offers two Inter-Library Loan Services:

  Target dispatch time
Loan
Photocopy
Scan (PDF)
 
  Standard Service within 7 working days
£13.25
£8.15 +VAT
£8.15 +VAT
 
  Priority Service within 24 hours
£17.25
£12.10 +VAT
£12.10 +VAT
 

Prices Quoted: 8th August 2016 - 31st July 2017

Speculative requests

We are happy to accept speculative requests. Not all our holdings are listed on our Online Catalogue. There are various printed catalogues still in use, e.g. pre-1978 supplementary material, Official Publications, pamphlets. There are also many books still waiting to be catalogued. Therefore, if you require a book not listed, please still apply as we may be able to help.

Lending Policy

We lend a considerable percentage of our holdings. However, we are unable to lend the following:

  • Pre-1900 books in Rare Books classes (although we may be able to provide a photocopy if the item is out of copyright)
  • British books published within the last five years received under legal deposit
  • Books in reference classes
  • Unsuitably bound items (spiral bound, ring-binder, loose-leaf, etc.)
  • Manuscripts
  • Special collections
  • Newspapers

In addition,

  • We are unable to photocopy articles from journals received under legal deposit which have been published within the last two years

For all items that we can supply, Cambridge University Library offers a six week loan period from the date of dispatch, but all items are subject to recall if required by a Cambridge user. All loans are strictly "for use in library only", but in most cases copying is permitted if undertaken by a member of library staff and adheres to UK Copyright Law.

Cambridge Theses

Unfortunately, the Inter-Library Loans Department are unable to lend or copy from Cambridge Theses. However, individuals may be able to purchase a copy of a Cambridge Thesis by submitting a request for Imaging Services through the Digital Content Unit's online form. For more information about pricing, please visit the Imaging Services webpage.

Copyright fee paid items

We are unable to accept requests for Copyright Fee Paid items.

Medical & Science Materials

A number of science and medical materials are held at specific libraries around Cambridge that do not fall under CA/U-1's authority. Materials that are listed in our catalogues as either Medical Library (CA/M-7) or Moore Library (CA/U-2) should be sent directly to them, as they run their own ILL service. The Moore Library also handles all requests for the Materials Science & Metallurgy Library.

Cambridge Backup Libraries

The Inter-Library Loans Department at Cambridge University Library (CA/U-1) also works in partnership with a number of other Departmental and Faculty Libraries across Cambridge. Requests for items held at these libraries should also be sent to CA/U-1. Below is a list of our partner libraries, and their permissions:

CODE LIBRARY
COPY
LEND
CA/U-3 Archaeology & Anthropology (Haddon)
YES
YES
CA/U-5 Department of Geography
YES
YES
CA/U-6 Department of Zoology (Balfour & Newton)
YES
-
CA/U-7 Department of Plant Sciences
YES
YES
CA/U-9 Faculty of Education
YES
-
CA/U12 Scott Polar Research Institute
YES
YES
CA/U13 Faculty of Law (Squire)
YES
-
CA/U17 Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
YES
-
CA/U27 Fitzwilliam Museum
YES
-
CA/U28 Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
YES
YES
CA/U31 African Studies
YES
-
CA/U33 Faculty of Classics
YES
-
CA/U35 Faculty of Divinity
YES
YES
CA/U36 Faculty of Architecture
YES
-
CA/U58 Department of Chemistry
YES
-
CA/U60 Faculty of Music (Pendlebury)
YES
-
CA/U63 Department of Biochemistry (Colman)
YES
YES
CA/U73 Faculty of Human, Social & Political Science
YES
-
CA/U84 Department of History & Philosophy of Science (Whipple)
YES
YES
CA/U85 Computer Laboratory
YES
-
CA/U97 Institute of Astronomy
YES
YES
CA/M10 Department of Pharmacology
YES
-
CA/S-8 Needham Research Institute
YES
-