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Inter-library Loans (ILL) is a service that allows for items (books and journal articles) not held in our library to be borrowed from other libraries, locally, nationally or internationally.
You can use ILL to request photocopies of either chapters within books or journal articles and loans of books from other institutions should the Library not have access to the information you require.
Prior to requesting materials through ILL, it is very important to have checked that the item is not available here. Please note only books and theses or photocopies of book chapters or journal articles are available through ILL.
Within South Africa, the loan period varies between one and two months, depending on demand. Overseas loans are extremely short, usually only for one week.
Notification of Arrival
When the item is received, the ILL staff notifies the requester either telephonically or by email that the item is ready for collection.
Most loan renewals are not allowed. However, where possible the borrower should apply for a renewal approximately one week in advance. The ILL section will apply for a renewal from the Lending Library.
Return of Books
Time taken to obtain material
The following types of material should NOT be requested:
Request forms are also available at the ILL office. Users should complete one form per item, irrespective of whether two or more articles come from the same issue of the same journal. If there is no staff member in the office, please place your requests in the tray provided outside the office window. Please be sure to complete the form correctly and supply all the relevant details. Do not guess any information.
Local costs (within South Africa)
R4,00 per book
R1,00 per A4 page
Urgent [faxed articles]
R2,00 per page
R150 per article
Fines for late return
R2,00 per book per day.
This office is situated on level 4 in the Library.
Office hours are: Monday – Friday: 08h20 – 16h30
Telephone: +27 21 959 2900
For the past year, the Open Access Button has been working to surface accessible copies of articles directly through library discovery systems and fulfill interlibrary loan requests instantly when accessible copies are available in repositories. We’re excited about the possibilities that this integration creates to bring interlibrary loan closer into researchers’ workflows, improve the number of articles available to users, and accelerate the speed at which users can access research — all while saving libraries time and money.
When an article isn’t immediately accessible the Open Access Button will automatically send a self-archiving request to the author with instructions for depositing into a repository, at the same time an interlibrary loan request is generated. This self-archived version may become available before a traditional interlibrary loan request is fulfilled.