The Interlibrary Loan Service
If the resource you need for your research is not held in the Library, you can make an interlibrary loan request through our Document Supply Service. Please check the iFind library catalogue before making an inter-library loan request as we will not normally get an item from another library if it is available from our own physical or online library stock.
What types of material are available via inter-library loan?
- We are able to obtain journal articles, loans, book chapters, some UK and American theses and conference papers from local, national and international suppliers. The interlibrary loan service is heavily subsidised by ISS and casual requests are discouraged.
We are not usually able to obtain:
- Multiple journal articles from one volume part. You may request a loan of the journal part instead
- E-publications ahead of print, these are usually only available for purchase direct from the publisher
- British standards, overseas standards and patents. These are usually available electronically and can only be purchased at high cost
- Pre-1900 material: most libraries do not circulate physical copies of pre-1900 material. A lot of pre-1800 material is held electronically, for example, Early English Books Online
- Translations of foreign language journal articles and texts
Requests can only be made by the individual who requires the material for their personal research or study. External users are not permitted to use this service. Swansea University business tenants are reminded that any copying which contributes to activities which are directly or indirectly income-generating is classed as commercial. Commercial requests should be made directly by the individual with the British Library On-Demand service.