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Cambridge University Library


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


ILL staff are only able to offer a service to University of Cambridge students and staff. We cannot accept requests from any other category of Library user. This is  currently being offered as a FREE service. We always acknowledge any requests but please email if you have not received an acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting a request. (Monday- Friday).

Current Cambridge students and staff can submit Inter-Library Loans requests from anywhere in the world with our Online Request form. Simply fill in the request form, submit 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


Access the Online Inter-Library Loan Form.



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.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday : 9am to 7pm (9:45pm in the Easter Full Term for consultation of ILL items only, not for accepting ILL requests)

Saturday : 9am to 4:45pm


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)