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Inter-Library Loans

Inter-library loans

If there is a book, chapter or article you need but it is not available through the library catalogue, we can try to obtain a copy from another library.

*Please remember to check the Before you submit a request page before clicking the above link.

All communication will be made via your Solent University email address, so please make sure you check your inbox regularly for updates or questions in relation to your request.

Who can use the service?

The inter-library loans (ILL) service is available FREE of charge for all Solent University students and staff. The limits for requests are:

  • Undergraduates: 15 requests per year
  • Postgraduates/staff: 30 requests per year

Requests made by staff must be for personal/private use only. Requests for articles or chapters intended for reading lists must be submitted via

Unfortunately, the ILL service is not open to visitors to the university or members of the public.

How long will my request take?

  • Articles/chapters: most are available within 5 working days
  • Books: most are available within 10 working days

How long can I borrow ILL books for?

Most books can be borrowed for 4-6 weeks.

How can I renew my ILL book?

Please get in touch with us before the ILL is due using the contact details below. We will then contact the lending library and request a renewal on your behalf.

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