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Academic staff: Book recommendations and Inter-library Loans

Requesting specialist resources

If you wish to request specialist resources not currently available at Library Services, you can  recommend a new book title for purchase or request a journal article, book or book chapter as an inter-library loan.

Library Services subscribe to thousands of journals but should the article you require not be included in our subscriptions, it can be ordered for you from other libraries via our online inter-library loans system.  It is also possible to request a book or book chapter via inter-library loans.  Scanned material (articles and book chapters) will be sent to your Aston University email within a few days.  If you wish to request an entire book, please note that this could take a few weeks to arrive.  We recommend that you contact your Information Specialist first, as it may be possible to purchase the book.

Book purchase recommendation

If you would like to recommend a book for the Library to purchase, you can complete the online form or email your Information Specialist.
Our Information Specialists will consider any request which is in support of the teaching, learning and research needs of the University. However, it will also depend on whether there is sufficient budget available or whether the item is still in print. 
If the book you have requested is not yet published, the order will be kept on file, and processed once publication is confirmed.

Inter-library loans during COVID-19

We are currently operating a restricted interlibrary loans service, focusing on electronic journal articles which we are still able to source. Please note while we will do everything we can to obtain the articles you need, some may take longer to supply and others may not be available, please bear with us and we will keep you informed. You can continue to apply in the usual way.

Unfortunately it is not possible to supply print items until further notice.

If you have any further questions contact us on interlibraryloans@aston.ac.uk

Inter-library loans

Inter-library loans are available at no cost but please note that the full cost charged to Library Services by the supplying library will be passed on to the user if the item is uncollected, or the article is not downloaded to a maximum of £20 per item.

Please log in to the online Inter-library Loans system here using your usual Aston username and password. The first time you log in you will be prompted to select your user type (i.e. staff, PG, etc) and department, and add your email address. Select the New Request tab and enter your request details. Once your request has been submitted you will be able to track its progress via the system.

You should also register with the British Library's On Demand service, so that you have a username and password ready to log into your document with when it arrives, however you should still apply via the Inter-library Loans system so that charges are sent to the Library and not to you.