Interlibrary loans

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the library can only process requests that can be supplied from electronic resources. We will not be able to process or request physical items including copies from print journals.

The interlibrary loans (ILL) service is available to UNSW staff, postgraduate and honours students. You may request items that are not held by the UNSW Sydney Libraries and UNSW Academy Library Canberra. For more information see Borrowing rights.

For information on requesting non-UNSW theses see Theses.

For information on off-campus copy requests see Off-campus borrowers.

For copies and interlibrary loans to other libraries see Document delivery service.

Requesting and collecting an ILL item

1. Check that the item is not held in the UNSW Library collection.
2. Sign in to myLibrary and select Interlibrary Loan Service in the top main menu section to submit a request:

  • You can request books, book chapters, journal articles, theses, audio-visual materials, reports, conference papers and archival and other materials available in Australia and overseas.
  • eBooks will be purchased where possible
  • Any costs incurred will be added to your myLibrary account.
    • Core (standard) service level requests are free and generally take 3-10 working days to process.
    • Rush services cost $16.50 - $33 and take 24 hours to process.
    • Express services cost $33 - $66 and take 2 hours to process.
    • Delivery times may vary depending on item availability and postage time.

3. You will be notified via email when a requested item is available:

  • Physical copies can be collected at your selected pickup location during staffed hours.
  • Digital copies will be sent to your UNSW email.
  • You will receive a cancellation email if the item cannot be sourced.

To view your current and past requests sign in to myLibrary and select  Interlibrary Loan Service in the top main menu section.

Loan periods and renewing an ILL item

Due dates and renewal conditions are noted on the ILL book strap and can also be viewed in myLibrary under 'Loans'.

  • If an item is renewable, contact the Library via your ILL webform account or email. Interlibrary loans cannot be renewed online.
  • Interlibrary loans can be recalled at any time. You will be notified via email of the recall and due date change.
  • There is a $1.00 charge for every day the loan is overdue. For more information see Fines.

Returning an ILL item

Return your Interlibrary loans by post or in person at any UNSW Sydney Library or the UNSW Academy Library (Canberra).

  • The ILL book strap must remain on the item.
  • Defacing, mutilating or damaging interlibrary loan items in any way will result in replacement cost fees being charged to the client. The cost is determined by the lending library.


All interlibrary loan requests submitted by UNSW staff and students must be made in accordance with the Australian Copyright Act. Under the Act, libraries can supply a copy of an article or other work as long as the copy is not used for any purposes other than for research or study and the amount copied is in accordance with the limits prescribed by the Act.

The limits are as follows:

  • 10% or one chapter of a book
  • one article per periodical issue, or more if those articles are on the exact same subject.

The Library reserves the right to refuse an interlibrary loan request if it believes that fulfilling the request would breach the Australian copyright law. For more information see Copyright.

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Postal address: Digitisation and Collection Access (Resource Sharing), UNSW Library, UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052, AUSTRALIA

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