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Inter–Library Loan Service: ILL reference tips

The inter-library loans service (ILL) sources items not available from our own stock and makes them available to our readers.

Before applying, have you checked

  • Use WebCat to establish that we don't already have the item that you require
  • to see if what you need is available online: many books and journals are now available in electronic format. The resources section of the Library website provides guidance on electronic resources.

ILL / DD reference tips

If you're unclear about what information to include or how much detail is required for your ILL / DD request, here are some tips.

Requesting part of a publication

For example:

  • an article from a journal
  • a chapter from a book
  • a paper from a conference/symposium

Please cite the full bibliographic details of the original source (or as much information as you have), as well as the details of the article you need.

This is very important in helping our suppliers identify your request and therefore being able to supply the item quickly.

Requesting reports

If you need a report, as well as the author, title & date, please supply details of the issuing body or company and any technical numbers.

Quite often, individual company/organisation reports are not held at The British Library (our main supplier), so this information is important to help track them down elsewhere.

If you are really unsure about what information is required for your request, simply provide us with a copy of your source of reference and we'll take it from there.


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