Interlibrary loan

What is interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service that offers the possibility to borrow books which are not owned by Bayreuth University Libary. We will try to obtain the requested media for you from another library.

What can be ordered via interlibrary loan?

Books and other media can be borrowed via interlibary loan. Copies of journal and newspaper articles or individual chapters from books can be ordered as well and come as a printed copy (= document delivery service). Media which are owned by the University Libary of Bayreuth with no or only restricted access to them, popular literature as well as media, that are available in bookshops for less than 15 Euros, are not going to be obtained via interlibrary loan.

What are the costs for an interlibrary loan?

National interlibrary loan within Germany is free of charge for all users.
For Document delivery up to 40 pages a nominal charge of 1.50 Euros will incur.
For additional charges, please see our list of library fees.

How long does an interlibrary loan take?

Usually we are able to process your orders successfully within a few days.
Depending on distribution and general demand of the requested item it may take up to two weeks. In individual cases it may take several weeks.

How does it work?

Please see our information sheet Library Catalogue (research, account services, interlibrary loan) or contact us.
Questions specifically on interlibrary loan or on individual orders and special material (psychological tests, lose-leaf books or similar) will be answered by our interlibrary loan team.

As soon as your order is ready for collection, we will inform you via email. You have twelve opening days to pick up your orders. It is essential therefore, that you make sure that your email-adress is registered in the “My details”-section in our catalogue because we will also contact you via email if there are any issues with your interlibrary loan order.
If we do not have your email-address, messages concerning your interlibrary loan will be for you at your choosen collection point.

Which restrictions apply for interlibrary loan media?

Occassionally the lending library may impose some restrictions such as reading room use only. These regulations can not be changed.

How long may I keep an interlibrary loan?

Usually you can keep an item ordered via interlibrary loan for a period of four weeks and extend the loaning period once. However, a shorter loan period may be set by the lending library. Special loan periods are noted on your order slip and in your account. You may keep paper copies from Document Delivery.