Please note that we charge £2 for books returned without the blue interlibrary loan book wrapper.
Do not remove them from your loaned item.
Our Interlibrary Loan Service is provided for students and staff who require content for private study or research that is not held by Swansea University libraries. The Interlibrary Loan Service can locate and supply a loan or copy from another institution for you.
Staff – unlimited requests are permitted.
Undergraduate finalist and postgraduate students - requests will be monitored.
Requests may be rejected if an excessive demand is placed on the service by an individual.
Requests can only be made by the individual who requires the material for their personal research or study.
We are able to obtain journal articles, loans, book chapters, some UK and American theses and conference papers from local, national and international suppliers.
International requests and thesis purchases can be charged to your department on provision of a payment code from an authorised signatory.
We are not usually able to obtain:
Usually items arrive within one week if supplied by the British Library. Articles can arrive within two days if you select electronic delivery. Items obtained from other universities can take up to two weeks.
Can I cancel a request? Please contact Document Supply Services.
Loans and printed copies – These are delivered to your requested pick-up library and you will receive an email notification when they are ready to collect. Loan periods may vary and are at the lending library’s discretion, but they are usually 4 weeks.
Please note that some loans may be restricted for library-use only by the lending library and cannot be removed from the premises.
Articles and chapters - A digital copy will be delivered to your university email address, or, if we cannot obtain a digital copy, a paper copy will be held at your requested library pick-up location.
If your request is available from British Library On Demand, you will receive a download link from firstname.lastname@example.org. The download link will expire 30 days from supply, so we recommend downloading your document as soon as possible. Please see our guide Receiving a document from British Library On Demand for instructions on registering and downloading your document.
Can I renew an interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loans are not eligible for automatic renewal. If you would like to renew your loan, please contact Document Supply Services at email@example.com Alternatively, you can complete a pink renewal form at the Library Service Desk.
One renewal is permitted free of charge; any subsequent renewal will be charged to the individual’s library account at a cost of £5 per item.
Using repositories as sources of supply for free online access to scholarly publications.
Increasingly full-text peer reviewed research articles are available through institutional and subject repositories. Open access resources can be used to find published information swiftly and often without cost. Open access material includes journal articles, scholarly and scientific monographs, educational resources, metadata, digitised material and research data.
Disciplinary and multi disciplinary repositories
Many UK libraries no longer permit interlibrary loans of higher degree theses, but we can check with the institution on your behalf. You should also check to see if the item you require is an open access full text e-thesis, available from the owning University’s repository. Many recent theses are becoming available via this route.
Some Swansea University electronic theses are available online in our institutional repository, Cronfa. Alternatively, you can check EThOS, the British Library e-theses online service. You can download many British PhD theses directly from this service once you have registered your email address. Any theses that have already been digitised, or are available on the owning University's repository are available to download free of charge.
If an open access e-thesis is not available, you can choose to purchase a scanned copy from the British Library Electronic Theses Service - EThOS. You will be required to create a personal account and pay by credit card for first time digitisation of a thesis. Should you wish for your department to pay, please contact Document Supply Services with a payment code from an authorised signatory. Purchased theses are charged at full cost, e.g. an American thesis delivered via Proquest UMI is £30; first time digitisation via EThOS is £58.32. Previously digitised EThOS theses are free to the end user.
How to request material:
Requests for photocopies or the loan of material held by Swansea University can be initiated by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or to our postal address. Please include your contact phone number, postal and email address with each request. If you are a customer from the UK, please provide your British Library account number with each request.
Copies – £9.55 + VAT (£11.46)
Loans – £15.40
CONARLS members are charged the current rate for the scheme.
We accept IFLA vouchers as payment for international loans or photocopies.
All items are lent for a period of six weeks and are renewable for a further six weeks unless otherwise indicated. Some items may be restricted for use only within your institution, e.g. theses. Please check our catalogue before requesting material to make sure that it can be borrowed.
We will lend:
The Library Scanning Service produce digital copies from library print content so that your students can benefit from direct online access to high-demand course reading. This is a staff focused service to help with course content provision.