Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation we are predominantly supplying chapters and articles from e-books or e-journals. Only a handful of our usual suppliers are able to make scans from physical items at this time. We are now able to offer a limited lending service, primarily from The British Library.
Delivery times will be longer than usual due to pressures on the supplying libraries and not everything will be available.
While we do not supply materials directly to individuals who are not members of the university, we are happy to lend books and supply copies to other libraries.
Please send your request to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post.
Requests from UK libraries should include:
clear details of the item you want to borrow
a request number and your British Library Billing Account number
a delivery address.
International requests can be paid for using a British Library Billing Account, IFLA vouchers or an invoice.
Standard loan books which are not in high demand from our own users.
Periodicals, audio-visual materials, short loan, reference or microfilm/microfiche materials
material over 100 years old will be considered on an item by item basis
Special collection, college and departmental library items
Theses – all our theses are available electronically. PhD theses are likely to be available for immediate download via British Library's EThOS service. Direct links to our PhD, MA and MSc theses are available through Discover (our library catalogue) or via our digital repository: Durham e-Theses.
We will provide scans (book chapters, journal articles or conference papers) within copyright guidelines (1 chapter or 10% of an item) and do so on the understanding that requests will only be made for private study. We reserve the right to refuse to supply if we believe that commercial use will take place. Copies will be delivered electronically where possible. Smaller articles will be sent as a pdf attached to your original request. Larger articles will be sent via our "Zend-to" software.
Journal articles, book chapters and conference papers written by Durham University Researchers may be freely available via our institutional repository Durham Research Online.
The initial loan is 10 weeks
Up to two renewals may be made on application to the library
All material is subject to recall and must be returned if it is required by one of our own members
Some items may be loaned on a confined basis: they can only be used within your library and should be stored in a secure place when not in use
We may ask for rare or valuable material to be returned using recorded delivery.
The borrowing library is responsible for any loss or damage to materials loaned to them
Fines are not charged to other libraries for items returned late, although prompt return is appreciated
Automated courtesy and overdue notices are sent out for loans
If an item is lost, please let us know and we will charge the cost to replace the item and a handling fee. Replacement copies of the same edition (or newer) will also be accepted
We reserve the right to refuse loans to libraries where there is a significant problem with non-return of items.