Additional services via Inter-Library Loan

Applications for material from overseas

A large amount of material published outside the UK is available from libraries in this country. It is possible to obtain material from almost anywhere in the world but remember that the time needed to trace the item may be months not weeks. The cost of applications abroad is very high and before an application is made we will always return the form to you asking if you wish to continue with the request.


UK doctoral theses are now available electronically via the Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS).
EThOS offers free access to the full text of UK theses. The service will digitise theses on request into pdf format rather than on microfilm to ensure a clearer copy is produced from the original.  For more information on how to use EThOS, see this guide.
Aston theses
Aston University staff, researchers, PhD students and alumni members are now able to borrow Aston theses directly from the Library.  Please ask for a form at the Help desk.
US and other overseas theses
These are not available on inter-library loan. Theses can be ordered by individuals using the UMI Dissertations Express website http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb for express delivery to your home or workplace.

Urgent action

This is a special service from the British Library which allows material to be obtained by the next working day, or even in 2 hours for an extra charge.  The request must be made before 3:00 pm.

You will be asked to pay for this service.
An article supplied by Secure Electronic Delivery in 2 hours costs £29.38 and in 24 hours costs £18.80.  An item supplied on loan, dispatched by 1st class post in 2 hours costs £31.55 and in 24 hours costs £22.50. For details of articles supplied by post or fax, please contact Enquiries 0121 204 4525.

Paying for your own Inter-Library Loan requests

You can also pay for your own requests. The cost is £9.00 per item on loan and £5.82 for an article, and this is payable in advance.

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