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Inter Library Loans: Charges

When UCC Library does not own a copy of a book or journal the Inter Library Loans service may be able to source these from other libraries worldwide.


NOTICE : Inter-library loans are free of charge for articles and book chapters for all UCC staff and students. See below for charges for print material.


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 current charge is 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


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 where applicable, the normal time for delivery is as follows:

Journal articles: generally 2-3 days. Normally, a link will be emailed to you with a password.  Please note that these links will expire after 30 days.  In some cases, it may be necessary to source the article in print, in which case you will receive an email to collect the article from the Click and Collect area inside the front door of the Boole Library. 

Books and other loaned items: normally around 10 working days, but significantly longer at present.  Book requests are currently extremely limited, with many libraries remaining closed, and increased turnaround times in those that have re-opened.

  • 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.