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 the Library's core hours. If electronic copies are available, these will be supplied directly from the British Library.
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.
When the British Library sends the link to the document it is available for 30 days only. Once the link is activated the document is accessible for 14 days only.
You can view the document more than once, but only from the same computer. Therefore if you intend to print the item, make sure you can print from that machine before opening it.
You cannot save the document and it can only be printed once. Best practice is to print the document as soon as you activate the link.
There is a test document on the British Library website. Download it first to make sure you will be able to access your requested documents.
If we can’t get the requested item
We will email your University account if an item is unobtainable, and refund your £10 fee.
We may be able to provide more information: eg 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- grey literature (unpublished material)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