Inter-Library Loans & ArticleReach: Introduction

Covid-19 Update

Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 we are unable to fulfill physical ILL loan requests until further notice. We will endeavour to supply chapter scans and journal articles where possible. Renewal dates for existing ILLs will be amended and we will notify you accordingly. All fines and charges will be waived and ILL caps have been zeroed.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Who can use this service?

The Inter-Library Loan and Article Reach service is available for all students and academic staff. For restrictions and costs, please see the What does it cost section.

What can be requested?

You can ask for a range of materials through Inter-Library Loan including:

  • Books (and chapters from books)

  • Journal articles

  • Theses

  • Reports

  • Conference Proceedings

What is an Inter-Library Loan?

When you request something on Inter-Library Loan the Library will find other libraries that have that item and request it from them, either as a scanned document or photocopy (in the case of journal articles or book chapters) or request that they send us the physical item, (as in a book.)

The ArticleReach service is specifically for journal articles. Requests are automatically sent to ArticleReach and if the journal isn't available, it will be passed on to Inter-Library Loans. 

Please search the Library first and check if we already own the resource you need. If it is something we don't have, you can use the Inter-Library Loans service to request it.

Inter-Library Loan Contact Information

University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9TR
Phone: 01334 462285
Email address: 

Please note

Please note the Library reserves the right to:

  • share information with your department regarding your requests(s)

  • refuse a request if it does not clearly support learning and research within the University.