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Document Supply service

Making a request

Our Document Supply service can be used to obtain books, journals, conference papers, reports and theses that are not available at any of our Libraries.

Request an item from another library.

Depending on the nature of your request, you will receive either an electronic copy or photocopy of the required pages – which you can keep – or an interlibrary loan of the whole work. Some requests are supplied for reference only and cannot be taken out of the library.

Always search the Library before making a request.

Who can request items

The following library members can use our document supply service:

  • current staff and students of the University
  • retired staff still working for the University
  • NHS staff employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust who are registered with the Library.

Everyone else should ask their teaching institution or local public library about document supply and inter-library loan arrangements.

How long it takes

We cannot guarantee delivery within a specific time. The majority of requests arrive within two weeks, and very straightforward requests (such as articles from major journals) may arrive within a few days.

Requests for obscure items may take several months.

If an item is proving difficult to locate we will email you to let you know.

Electronic articles can only be accessed within 30 days of delivery.


You may be able to cancel your request by logging in to your library account.

Once we have started to process your request you will need to contact the Document Supply team to cancel.

Contact the Document Supply service

If you have any questions please contact us: