Inter-Library Loans

Items not held by Goldsmiths Library may be requested through the Inter-Library Loans service.

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Types of material available on Inter-Library Loan

We cannot currently supply whole books on inter-library loan. We hope to be able to restart this service soon.

However, we can source individual chapters electronically. You can read more about this service below. 

Journal articles and book chapters will be supplied as digital files (PDFs) where possible and emailed directly to you.

Please complete the interlibrary loan request form above to request single articles and chapters.

Due to copyright restrictions, you cannot request more than one chapter from a book or one article from a single journal issue.

If you request multiple articles or chapters, you will be asked to select one from among them.

If you require multiple articles or chapters from the same book or journal issue, we can help you to find a library in London where you can consult or even borrow the requested item/s. 

Due to copyright restrictions you must not print more than one copy of a digital file or share it with anyone else.

British Library files 

To access secure electronic files received from the British Library you may need to register for a British Library Online Account.

You will then be given a username and password, which you can use to access all future ILL files received from the BL. 

You will have to download your file in the first 30 days after you receive it, after which the link will expire.  

For more information about retrieving and reading your digital files, see the British Library’s help page for the On Demand service. 

Many UK theses are available from the British Library's Electronic Theses Online Service ETHOS

To order a digital copy of a thesis yourself, you will need to register and login, though you can search without registering.

Many theses are available for immediate download free of charge. If a thesis has not yet been digitized there may be a charge.

Goldsmiths staff and students have access to Proquest dissertations and theses: UK and Ireland, and you can access Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global via Senate House Library.


We aim to process all inter-library loan requests within three working days.

Articles and chapters can take anywhere between two hours to two weeks to be delivered, depending on UK availability and processing by the supplying library.

To avoid delays, please include as much information as possible in the request form. Please include the last date that this item will be useful to you in the “Date required by” field.

You can check the progress of requests on your Library Account. We will add notes to your account to indicate what stage your request is at. 

If you have any questions, please contact us using the details below.

Contact the Inter-Library Loans team