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What is the Interlibrary Loan Service?

Information about loan types, requests and waiting times

Emergency Information

During the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation we are able to offer electronic delivery of many journal articles and book chapters.  Unfortunately, we cannot currently offer print book interlibrary loans.  However, if you think a particular book is essential to your study then please email us at  We will investigate the possibility of purchasing your requested item as an ebook.  We must stress that for many requests ebooks are not available as an alternative to print, but we will try our best to help you. 

To make an interlibrary loan request you will need to know your University PIN.  If you are not sure what this is you can email the details of your request to and we will be happy to help.

What is the Interlibrary Loan Service?

If you are unable to find what you want in our print stock or via NELSON, you can apply to our Interlibrary Loan Service to source the material for you.

We are currently able to supply

  • Book Chapters
  • Conference Reports
  • Journal Articles

This service is available to all University of Northampton students, staff and researchers. 

Journal Article Requests

Before submitting an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for a journal article, please check NELSON to make sure that the item is not already available to you. If you can’t find the article you need, then please use the ILL request form.

An ILL article will be delivered to you electronically to your supplied email address. (If your article is supplied by the British Library, you will receive it through an electronic delivery system called DRM Light. It requires a British Library account. We have a guide available if you need any help)

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Other Interlibrary Loan Requests

You can also request a chapter of a book and conference papers with the Interlibrary Loan Request form

How long will it take?

Due to COVID-19, interlibrary loans are running a slightly reduced service, but we can still currently obtain some journal articles and book chapters.  Please be aware that response times from other organizations may be slower than usual due to COVID-19.  If you have any queries regarding Interlibrary loans please contact