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How long will it take for my inter library loan to arrive?

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Unfortunately we are unable to give a cast iron guarantee as to when an inter library loan will arrive. 

There are various reasons for this:

Account Queries

  • User has outstanding queries on their account e.g. fines or expiry of registration.

British Library

  • The British Library may not hold the item so we may have to apply elsewhere.
  • The item may be held in another section of the British Library so will take longer to retrieve.
  • The item may be temporarily unavailable due to stock moves or other problems.
  • Another user may have the item out on loan so you will be placed on a waiting list.  This is also the case for photocopies or scans of articles or chapters.
  • The British Library may be buying the item and so you will be placed on a waiting list.
  • The British Library may require more information or rechecking references as they are having trouble finding the item.
  • The item is being bound at the British Library.

We aim to keep you informed as to the progress of your request.