Yes, where an item is unavailable either in print or electronically in our Library, we can often acquire a copy of it from another Library using our Inter-Library Loan service.
Material is sourced from a range of Irish, UK and international libraries.
Alternatively, if you are UCD academic staff, or a postgraduate research student, you are eligible to visit and/or borrow from other university libraries by availing of our ALCID and SCONUL Access co-operative access schemes.
ALCID cards are also available to students who are studying on taught masters programmes.
We can look for an Inter-Library Loan for:
Over 90% of requests are obtained successfully. In a limited number of cases the library we contact may not be willing to loan an item – it may be too fragile, be in demand etc.
Unfortunately, we cannot obtain the following items on Inter-Library Loan:
Inter-Library Loans are heavily subsidised by UCD Library. Our users are requested to pay only a small percentage of the total cost of obtaining this material.
|Staff & Students||€6.00 for each successful request.|
€15.00 for articles.
€20.00 for books.
We don't accept invoices. Payment must be made at the time you collect the item from the Information Desk. You can pay at the desk using cash or cheque (or any remaining tokens you have from our previous system).
You will only be charged for successful requests.
No, we are no longer selling tokens.
You can use tokens to pay for items you collect at the Information Desk. Each token is worth €6.00.
Listed below are the approximate times it takes to receive requested items. It sometimes takes a little longer. We will contact you by e-mail if there is a long delay.
Books, theses and journal articles in print format - we alert you by e-mail when your item arrives.
Where a School address has been provided - journal articles in print format are posted to you via internal post.
Over 90% of requests are obtained successfully. In a limited number of cases a request will be cancelled if:
We will email you if we have to cancel your request.
Journal articles – all formats: You may keep all journal articles, they do not need to be returned.
Ask at the Information Desk, Level 1, James Joyce Library or the Loan/Information Desk in other library locations for more information.
The British Library charges €200.00 if you lose a book. Please talk to us at the Information Desk, Level 1, James Joyce Library or at the Service Desk in other library locations as soon as possible. Please do not contact the British Library directly.
If your Hospital has its own library then talk to staff there first. They will help you with sourcing Inter-Library Loans.
Where your Teaching Hospital or Clinical Unit does not have a Library, the UCD Health Sciences Library will provide this service.
Yes. Please use this login page and select Inter-Library Loans from the menu at the top of the page after login.
Fill in the online ILL request form with as much detail as possible. Your request will be processed in due course.
The charge to External Borrowers is €20 for books and €15 for journal articles.
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