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Library Re-opening

UCC Library is committed to reopening both Boole and Brookfield libraries as soon as it is safe to do so: the safety of library users and staff is the chief guiding principle. Read more about our plans and schedule for re-opening our Libraries .

Inter Library Loans: Charges

We are pleased to tell you that an inter-library loan service for electronic items only is now available. Due to the continued closure of library buildings we cannot process requests for physical items.


NOTICE : Inter-library loans charges are waived until August 31st  


Inter Library Loan applications can be paid for in cash, or funded using the token system. Tokens in use at present are orange in colour.

The basic charge is 1 token or €4.00 for an article; 2 tokens or €8.00 for a book. Tokens can be ordered using a UCC purchase order form via Agresso. (The library is an internal supplier: ID is I0007, and the product code is I4852)


Here are the current charges for Inter Library Loans


JOURNAL ARTICLE    €4.00 (= 1 token)
STANDARD LOAN ( Books etc)    €8.00 (= 2 tokens)
RENEWALS       €4.00


STANDARD LOAN ( Books etc)   €10.00                
RENEWALS      €4.00

It may be possible to renew material sourced from other libraries, unless required by another reader there.  Generally there is no charge for this - please contact Inter Library Loans via email at least 2 days prior to the due date if you wish to seek an extension to the loan period.

Renewals and Overdues
Material sourced from the British Library is subject to an automatic renewal charge of €4.00 once the initial loan period has expired.  Where an item is significantly late, they impose a replacement and administration fee, currently £141.60 (UK).

Lending Protocols & Procedures

Once the request has been submitted and paid for, the normal time for delivery is as follows:

Journal articles: generally 2-3 days, usually come in print form for collection.  Uncollected articles will be discarded after 4 weeks.

Books and other loaned items: normally around 10 working days, but this can be several weeks if the item has to be sourced from overseas. 

  • Once the item arrives, patrons will be notified by email.  Items should be collected and returned at the Library and IT desk on Q floor.
  • The loan period for most Inter Library Loans is 3-4 weeks.
  • It is important to return I.L.L. material promptly.  Failure to do so may prevent future loans.