Interlibrary Requests

We are unfortunately currently unable to supply Interlibrary Requests hardcopy books. The ILR service for supply of journal articles and chapters from books from an electronic source, and e-books (where available) remains unchanged and we will try to fulfill these requests.

Users will not incur fines during this period of disruption. If you have any questions please contact us at and we will be happy to help.

The Interlibrary Requests (ILR) service exists to support your research activities related to your role at the University, by obtaining material not held in the University Library.

Our request forms allow online requesting, as well as electronic delivery to your Sussex email account. If you have requested a book, we will offer access to an ebook where available or alternatively a print copy will be sourced  from another library.  For journal article requests, we can provide desktop delivery for items supplied by the British Library. 

  • Please check Library Search to ensure that the item you require is not already in stock or available electronically before requesting, then click on the Place an Interlibrary Request box at the top of this page. You will be asked to sign-in using your IT Services username and password.
  • Select either the Book  Request form for a book, book chapter or conference proceedings or the Article Request form for a journal article, conference paper. 
  • Provide the full bibliographic details for the item you are requesting, as this will speed up your request.
  • For Article Requests supplied by the British Librarywe will deliver the article direct to your email account using their Secure Electronic Delivery service, unless you add a comment requesting a paper copy on the request form.  Where desktop delivery is not possible, we will provide a paper copy for collection from the Info Hub in the Library. 
  • Please read and agree to the terms of the copyright declaration by ticking the check box, before submitting your request.

There is no charge for using the ILR service up to the limits set out below.  However, obtaining material from another library is an expensive service and we request that you use the ILR service only for essential materials.

Interlibrary Requests obtained within the UK are free of charge up to the following limits per year (limits run from 1st September - 31st August):

  • Undergraduates - 20 requests 
  • Postgraduates - 50 requests
  • Staff - 50 requests
  • Faculty - 50 requests 
  • Associate - 5 requests

There are charges for obtaining a loan or photocopy of an article from abroad.  Details of these can be found on our Charges and loan periods page.

Please note, once the annual limit has been reached requests will be charged at the full rate of £18.00 for a loan and £12.00 for a photocopy. 

EThOS is a service providing access to the electronic full text of UK doctoral theses. If you are unable to obtain a digitised copy of the thesis you require through the EThOS service, please contact Interlibrary Requests as it may be possible to obtain a loan of the hard-copy direct from the University concerned. Further information about access to theses is available from the Theses and Dissertations Subject Guide


Additionally, the Library provides support to groups of researchers carrying out externally funded Systematic Reviews. Please contact the Research Support team if you think this may apply to you.  

Contact information

T 01273 678162 (internal 8162)
Interlibrary Requests, The Library, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QL.