Interlibrary loans

At this time, the library can only process requests that can be supplied from electronic resources.

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 Interlibrary Loan (ILL) item

1. Check that the item is not held in the UNSW Library collection.
2. Sign in directly to the ILL request form to submit a request:

  • You can request book chapters, journal articles, audio-visual materials, reports, conference papers and archival and other materials available in Australia and overseas.
  • Requests are free and generally take 5-10 working days to process.

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

  • Digital copies will be sent to your UNSW email. You need to keep all records of the digital copies supplied via ILL.
  • You will receive a cancellation email if the item cannot be sourced.

To view your current and past book ILLs, sign in to myLibrary and under 'Loans' select 'Active loans' or 'Previous and historic loans'. Please note, journal article and book chapter ILL details will not be retained in MyLibrary.

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 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 only used 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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