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Our services: Using the Library: Document Delivery Service

Current services available

We are predominantly supplying chapters and articles which are held in other libraries as ebooks or ejournals. British Library is starting to supply a small number of scans from hardcopy materials held in their collections at Boston Spa. Scanning from physical items held in other university libraries is still not possible at this time.

The loan of physical items through the Document Delivery Service is not currently possible.

Ask DULib

The Document Delivery Service (DDS) allows staff and students of Durham University to obtain material not currently held by the Library.


Please note that there may be a small charge made towards the total cost of obtaining the item. Detail of charges can be found here.

Before you start

  • Check our catalogue to confirm that the book or journal is not available in our library.  

  • Check the internet. A quick internet search can find review papers, open access journals, government publications and old books, which are out of copyright.  

Contact Us

Document Delivery Service
Durham University Library
Stockton Road
United Kingdom



Tel: 0191 334 2946