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: