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Interlibrary Loans and Using Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loans

What are Interlibrary Loans?

Leeds Beckett University's Interlibrary Loans service provides access to resources which are not held by the Library or other local libraries.

Photocopied journal articles, books and conference papers are obtained from the British Library or other UK libraries.

Information on obtaining dissertations and theses can be found on our Dissertations page.

Who can apply for an Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loans are available to staff and most students in support of your research.

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma students and Final Year Undergraduate students are limited to 20 requests per year. Non Final Year undergraduates should contact their Academic Librarian if they require Interlibrary Loans.

Students studying at a distance may also be able to obtain Interlibrary Loans. Please contact the team at

The British Library is unable to supply Interlibrary Loans to commercial researchers. It is also a copyright infringement to copy from one for commercial purposes. Please ask Library staff if you need advice.

How do I apply for an Interlibrary Loan?

Check the Library Catalogue, the list of electronic journals or Discover to make sure we don't have the item you want.  If not you can:

  • see if it is available at a local library or visit the British Library yourself 
  • apply for an Interlibrary Loan online via MyBeckett - via the My Library tab
  • collect a form from the Library

Requests for short articles (1 page or less) will need your Academic Librarian's approval.

If you have charges of over £10 on your Library account you won't be able to apply for an Interlibrary Loan. 

Receiving and returning Interlibrary Loans

We send your Interlibrary Loan requests within 2 working days and most books and reports arrive within 20 working days.

A message is sent to your University email when it is available.

Books are normally issued for 3 weeks.  Please collect your book as soon as you know it has arrived.

It may be possible to renew books borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.  Please ask Library staff.  You must renew in person at the Library you collected the book from or by phoning 0113 812 7706 (Sheila Silver Library) or 0113 812 7466 (Headingley Library) during staffed hours.

You must return books in person to the Library you collected them from.

Fines are 30p per day if your book is returned late. The British Library may also invoice you if it is very late (£163.10  including non-refundable administration charge of £81.55 plus VAT).

We send your Interlibrary Loan requests within 2 working days and most journal articles arrive within 5-10 working days.

When you request an article please say how you would like to receive it:

  • electronically via your University email (UK only)
  • in person (to collect from the Library)
  • via post

A message is sent to your University email when the article is ready for collection or has been posted. 


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