DIT Library Inter-Library Loans

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What is it?

Inter-Library Loans is a lending service between libraries. All DIT staff and students may request the loan of books, journal articles, theses and conference papers from other libraries in Ireland, the UK and abroad.

Is there a cost?

The charge is €6 for Undergraduate students or €8 for Staff and Postgraduate students.

DIT staff members from Colleges and Research Units may purchase books of 10 vouchers for €80 by filling in a request form in your department. The request form must quote a DIT budget number and be signed by the Budget Holder. The Budget Holder will then allocate vouchers within the School or Department. 

What should I do first?

Before applying for an inter-library loan please check the DIT library catalogue to see if the item you require is available in DIT in either print or electronic form.

You may visit another library in Dublin if they have material that you require. You will need a Letter of Introduction from DIT library or you can apply for an ALCID card which allows free access to other libraries in Dublin.

How does the service work? 

You can request an inter-library loan as follows: 

  • Go to your home library and fill out an ILL request form at the library desk. Please include as much detail as possible about the item and also include your contact details. 
  • Payment should be made by cash or a voucher.
  • The library will contact you when the item is ready to be collected. We will also notify you if the item cannot be obtained.
  • On collection you must sign a copyright declaration form. Books and theses will be checked out to you for a period of time usually specified by the lending library. Some books may be available for library use only as some lending libraries do not allow their stock to be loaned out from DIT library. If the item you requested is a photocopy you may keep it.
  • Please make sure to return items by the date requested because these items then have to be sent back to the lending library.

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