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Requesting an Inter-library Loan

Requests must be placed online - you can use the button below

Or log in to the online Inter-library Loans system 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.

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You should also register with the BL'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.

Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee delivery, or to say precisely when an item will be supplied.

What can I request?

You can request any of the following items from the new request list:

  • Book
  • Book Chapter
  • Joural Article
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Conference Paper
  • Non-UK Thesis

However, before requesting please search Library Smartsearch to see if we have the item in stock as we don't request an Inter-library Loan for items in stock at Aston.

What does it cost?

Library Services are charged for this service and reserve the right to pass the charges on to the user, if specified limits are exceeded, or in the case of a renewal - please see the table below. If a charge is payable, you will be contacted, and have the option to withdraw your request at that point. Charges must be paid online and a receipt emailed to Library Services to progress the request.

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.

Type of user      Request Limit Cost Per Extra Request Renewal cost applies Full cost due for uncollected items
Aston Staff* 20 (p.a.) £0 Yes Yes
Aston Researcher* 20 (p.a.) £0 Yes Yes
Research Postgraduate 20 (p.a.) £0 Yes Yes
Taught Postgraduate 5 total £5 Yes Yes
Undergraduate 5 total £5 Yes Yes

*Staff and Researchers should contact their Information Specialist if they are researching in a subject area not covered by our collections, or if they need large numbers of items.

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