You will receive an email when your item is ready for collection. Photocopies and interlibrary loans are held at the Brotherton Library and must be collected during core hours.
The lending library sets the loan period, usage restrictions, and any charges for lost items.
Electronic files delivered directly from British Library
The British Library sends electronic copies directly by secure electronic delivery. To comply with copyright legislation, there is a specific process for electronic delivery of British Library documents.
You will need to register for the British Library’s On Demand service. You will only need to do this once.
When your order is ready the British Library will send you an email with a link to download the item. Your order will be available for 30 days from the date you receive it and you can download your item as many times as you like during the 30 days.
You can save the document and have access to it for three years, but you can only print one copy. Best practice is to print the document as soon as you have downloaded it.
You will need to use Adobe Reader version 10 or above to view the PDF of the document. If your browser’s default PDF viewer is not Adobe Reader, you will need to disable it before documents can be read.
If we can’t get the requested item
We will email your University account if an item is unobtainable.
We may be able to provide more information, for example, a library that holds a reference-only copy of the item or a website where you can buy it.
Material that is often unobtainable includes:
- pre-1801 material (check whether they are available on Early English Books Online)
- grey literature (unpublished material)
- music DVDs
- full runs of print journals and newspapers
- microfilm runs of journals/newspapers
- market research reports
- reference books, eg encyclopedias, and dictionaries
- expensive/rare items, eg limited print runs
- loose leaf material
- teaching aids or exam crammers
- UK theses, as well as North American and other international theses