Introduction

If you need to consult an item for your studies or teaching that Bradford College Library Services doesn’t give you access to, either physically or electronically, it is possible to request a copy of the item using the Inter-library Loans service.  We use the Inter-library Loans service to find another library, usually the British Library, that has a copy of the item you want and is willing to lend or make a copy of the item and send it out for you to use.

Can I request an Inter-Library Loan?

How many Inter-Library Loans can I have?

What can I request using the Inter-library Loans Service?

How much does an Inter-Library Loan request cost?

How do I know if the British Library has the item I want?

How do I request a book?

How long until my book is supplied?

How do I know if my book has arrived?

Where do I collect my request book after it has arrived?

How long can I keep my book?

What happens if I don't return my book on time?

Where do I return my book when it is due?

Can I renew my book?

How do I request a journal article?

How long till my article arrives?

Can I get a copy of an article for Teaching Purposes?

How do I request a Thesis or Dissertation?

 

Can I request an Inter-Library Loan?

If you are a student or member of staff at Bradford College, you can request an Inter-Library Loan, as long as it relates to a course you are either studying or teaching at the College.

If you have any overdue books or fines you will be asked to deal with these matters before you make a request.

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How many Inter-Library Loans can I have?

You can have up to five Inter-Library Loan requests at any one time.

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What can I request using the Inter-Library Loans Service?

Using the Inter-library Loans Service you can request either to borrow a book or a photocopy of a journal article. These should be books or articles that you cannot get from Bradford College Library Service either from the library or using our electronic resources.

If you want copies of two articles from the same issue of a journal you will need to request the entire issue using the Book Request form.

If you want to borrow a Thesis or Dissertation please see the section below.

If you are a member of staff and you need a journal article to use as teaching material, please see the section below.

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How much does an Inter-Library Loan request cost?

There is a £2.00 charge to make an Inter-Library Loan request for either a book or a journal article.

If you have previously requested and received ten Inter-library Loans within an academic year, there will be the following additional charges: £13.00 for a book request and £10.00 for a journal. This will be added to your Library Account once the request has been successful.

If after your first ten requests your requested item is not available from the British Library there will be an additional £4.50 charge to locate the book from another library. This will be added to the £2.00 initial charge for the book request. Once we locate another library willing to lend the book we will then add in the balance of the costs. We will ask your permission before we try to locate the book from another library if it is not available from the British Library.

If you do not collect a book you have requested using the Inter-library Loans Service and it is one of your first ten requests Bradford College Library Services will charge you an additional £13.00 to cover processing charges.

If you wish to renew a borrowed book Bradford College Library Services will charge you £5.00 for each successful renewal.

 First 10 requestsFurther Requests
Journal Article£2.00£2.00 + £10.00
Book Loan£2.00£2.00 + £13.00
Renewal£5.00

 

£5.00

 

Cost of locating another library if the item not available from the British Library£0.00£2.00 + £4.50 + the cost of supplying the book or journal article if request successful
Non-collection£13.00 

All charges will be added to your Library account. You can see how much money you currently owe the library by logging in to My Account on the Library Catalogue and then clicking on the Finance tab. You can pay any money you owe the library at any of our self-service machines.

Bradford College Library use this charging structure because they are charged for every request even those that are not successful which can make the service expensive to operate. This structure is intended to allow Members of College to be able to order a reasonable amount of Inter-Library Loans throughout the year at minimal cost with the Library Service subsidising the rest of the fee. It is intended to help ensure only items which are essential are requested.

Bradford College Library Service reserves the right to change these prices without prior notice to reflect changes in the cost of running the service.

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How do I know if the British Library has the item I want?

Usually Bradford College Library service will borrow items for Inter-Library Loan from the British Library. If you want to see if the book or journal article you want to request is available for Inter-Library Loan from the British Library please use the link below to search their library catalogue, using the Remote Supply option from the dropdown menu next to the Search button.

British Library Catalogue

 If the British Library does not have the item you are looking please submit it anyway, we might be able to borrow it from another library though it might take longer for it to arrive.

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How do I request a book?

If you want to request a book using the Inter-library Loans Service, please fill in the Book Request form. This can be found on the Inter-Library Loan course in the Learning Resources Section of Moodle. You will have to self-enrol to access this course.

Once you have submitted the form, it will be sent to a librarian who will check it and then order your requested item.

If we find any of the information is incorrect or we cannot identify the book you require, we will contact you by your College e-mail. This will cause a delay in the book arriving so please ensure all information is correct.

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How long until my book is supplied?

A requested book will usually arrive within two working weeks. We cannot guarantee this time though as we are reliant on other libraries to provide the items.

When requesting a book you need to ensure that you give enough time for the book to arrive and for you to use it.  Think about when your assignment is due. Have you left enough time to read the book once it arrives?

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How do I know if my book has arrived?

Bradford College Library Services will e-mail you as soon as your book arrives. This e-mail will be sent to your College e-mail account.

You can also check the status of your request by logging in to My Account on the Library Catalogue and using the Inter-Library Loans tab.

Please check your College e-mail or your Library Account on the Library Catalogue regularly after you have made your request as if an item is not collected we charge a fee to cover administration costs.

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Where do I collect my requested book after it has arrived?

Once your requested Inter-Library Loan book has arrived you can collect it from the Library Enquiry point on the Second Floor.  The desk will be staffed by a Librarian during library opening hours.

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How long can I keep my book?

The standard loan period for an Inter-library Loan is four weeks from when it arrives at Bradford College library so please collect it promptly after it arrives. 

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What happens if I don't return my book on time?

If you don't return your Inter-library Loan item on time you will be charged a fine of 40p for everyday it is late. If it is more than a week overdue you will be blocked from borrowing any further items from the library or renewing any items you already have taken out.

If you lose the borrowed book or it is very overdue the book will be declared lost and you will be expected to replace it. This cost could include an administration fee that would be non-refundable if the book is not returned. This can result in charges over £180.

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Where do I return my book when it is due?

Please return your item to the Library Enquiry point on the Second Floor where you collected it from, when it is due back.

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Can I renew my book?

If you want your Inter-library loan for longer than its initial four week period you can request a renewal near the time it is due. It is recommended that any request is made at least two days before the due date, to allow us time to contact the books supplier.  Renewals cannot be guaranteed as the books are not our property.

There will be a charge of £5.00 for all successful renewals. This charge will be added to your Library Account when the renewal is successful.

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How do I request a journal article?

If you want to request a journal article using the Inter-library Loans Service, please fill in the Journal Request form.  This can be found on the Inter-Library Loan course in the Learning Resources Section of Moodle. You will have to self-enrol to access this course.

Once you have submitted the form, it will be sent to a librarian who will check it and then order your article.

If we find any of the information is incorrect or we cannot identify the article you require, we will contact you by your College e-mail. This will cause a delay in the article arriving so please ensure all information entered is correct.

You are only allowed one journal article from any single issue of a journal. If you want more than one article from a single issue you will need to request the entire issue using the book request form. You will not be able to take the journal home with you and you will only be able to consult it in the David Hockney Library.

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How long until my journal article arrives?

A requested journal article will usually arrive at your home address within one working week.  We cannot guarantee this time though as we are reliant on other libraries to provide the items.

When requesting a journal article you need to ensure that you give enough time for the article to be photocopied and posted to you. Think about when your assignment is due. Have you left enough time to read the journal article once it arrives?

Teaching staff can collect their requested journal article from the Library Enquiry point on the Second Floor.

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Can I get a copy of an article for teaching purposes?

If you are a member of teaching staff and need a copy of a journal article for your teaching it is possible to request one using the Copyright Fee Paid service. This will allow us to get a copy of a journal article that the Library can then scan and place upon a single Moodle course so that it can be consulted by your students.

Please contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for your subject area for more details.

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How do I request a thesis or dissertation?

If you need a copy of  a Thesis or Dissertation you must request it yourself directly from the British Library using the Ethos web site.

You will need to register and then search for the thesis you want. If the thesis has already been scanned and is marked as available for download, there will be no cost for e-mail delivery and it should be sent the same day. Other delivery options are available but with an added cost and a longer delivery period.

If the item hasn’t been scanned, the scanning costs will vary per item, depending on which institution it comes from and there will be about a month needed for the scanning to be done.

Some institution’s thesis may not be available via Ethos and instructions on how to obtain these the will be given on Ethos.

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