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Unfortunately due to the international Coronavirus crisis, and the Government order for schools and third-level institutions to close until March 29th, it will not be possible for the Library to offer an Inter-library loans service during this time. Most of our partner institutions in Ireland, the UK and beyond are closed for business and accordingly a decision was taken to suspend the service until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our staff, students and researchers.
Unlike many other institutions, Inter Library Loans is a free service at the James Hardiman Library. An ILL request can cost the library up to €20 to fulfil.
Due to the relatively high incidence of patrons failing to collect ILL requests for books and journals, the library will introduce a fines system for non-collections beginning the week of March 2nd, 2020.
A fine of €20 for a book and €10 for a journal reprint will be applied against a patron’s account if they fail to collect a request within 2 weeks of the email notification issuing. We would therefore request that patrons only proceed with ILL requests if they are in a position to collect them
The Inter-Library Loans Service provides postgraduate research students, researchers and academic staff with access to information resources not held by our Library.
Your first step is to search our Library Catalogue to ensure that we do not have the book, journal article or other material you require for your research. Once you are sure that the library does not hold the material you need, or a suitable alternative, you can request an inter-library loan. We will then borrow the material you need from another library on your behalf.
We are charged by other libraries for this service, so do ensure that our own collection will not provide you with the information you need before making an application
In order to comply with copyright requirements, you must declare as part of the online request process that the material you are requesting is for your own personal research or study and will not be used for any commercial purpose.
To proceed with your ILL request please click here
In some cases the request form will alert you if we have the item in stock, but not in every case. If you are sure the item is not available, then scroll down to ‘additional services’ on the form and click ‘request’. At this point you will have to option to add a comment, or special instruction to the ILL team if you wish. Then click ‘request’ again.
Allow up to six weeks for the item you have requested to arrive. Also note that Inter-Library Loans cannot be renewed, so before requesting an item from another library please ensure that you will have time within the loan period to read the item before it's sent back.
Always be aware that books borrowed under inter-library loan are not the property of the Library and are loaned to us by partner institutions subject to conditions. The ILL system works on trust and in order to maintain a good relationship with our partners we would ask you to respect the rules.
Please also note the new library system treats Inter-Library loans in the same way as loans of material from our own collection. This means that fines will levied on your account for all ILL loans returned late in exactly the same way as we fine for late return of our own material.
To avoid these fines, please ensure that you only apply for Inter Library Loans at a time when you will be ready to make use of the material.
Collection and Return:-
Monday to Friday 8.30 to 22.00
Saturday 9.30 to 14.00
Outside Term Time:
Monday to Friday 8.30 to 17.00
Location: Library and IT Service Desk in the foyer of the library