Inter Library Loans

What is it?

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

What does it cost?

There is a charge of €6 per item for Undergraduate students and €8 per item for Staff and Postgraduate students. Alternatively DIT staff members from Faculties and Research Units can purchase books of 10 vouchers for €80 by filling in a request form in their 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 the material that you require. You will need a Letter of Introduction from Bolton Street library. If you are a staff member or a postgraduate student you can apply for an ALCID card which allows free access to other libraries in Dublin.

What should I do then?

To request an inter library loan go to the library issue desk and fill out an ILL request card. 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 of a photocopied journal article you must sign a copyright declaration form. You will then be able to keep the photocopy. 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. Please make sure to return items by the date requested because these items then have to be sent back to the lending library. Borrowing may be suspended if items on inter library loan are not returned on time.

Please contact Bolton Street library issue desk or email for more information. You can also phone the library on 4023681  

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