MIE Library's Interlibrary Loan service can be used when an item you need is not available in our collection. The purpose of Interlibrary Loan is to expand the range of materials available to our research community.
How does it work?
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is an approach whereby libraries work together to supply items to their users. This is done by agreement between the libraries, allowing for sharing of materials from one library to another.
MIE Library can search national public library catalogues and the British Library catalogue on behalf of the requester (student / staff-member) to locate and source items that we don't have in our print or digital collections. The Library can also search Subito (a German library network of 40 participating libraries) for items.
Who can use the ILL Scheme?
Interlibrary loans are permitted for:
What materials can I request?
You can request books, book chapters, journal articles, theses, reports and conference proceedings. You can only borrow 2 physical interlibrary loans at a time.
How long does it take to get here?
The time taken for requests to arrive varies considerably depending on where the item is sourced, from a few days to several weeks. It is not possible to guarantee delivery within a specific timeframe.
If the item requested cannot be obtained for any reason, we will inform you of this.
How do I submit an ILL request?
You can make a request by submitting this form. Check MIESearch to ensure that the item you require is not available in MIE Library in either print or digital format. Please provide accurate and complete bibliographic details for the request.
Items must be returned on time or a renewal request made a week in advance of due-date. Some lending libraries require that you consult the item in MIE Library - if that is the case we will inform you.
Lost items will be charged at €251.30 to the individual or the department as per the British Library's pricing list. More will be charged if the item is particularly expensive to replace.