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

Journal articles and book chapters

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

Due to copyright restrictions, you cannot request more than one article from the same issue of a journal, or chapter from a book. If you request multiple articles or chapters you will be asked to select one from among them.

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 will 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.

Adobe Reader is required to view files, you need to be online, and will be asked for your British Library username and password to view.

You will need to save the document to your device, after which you can access it for 3 years. You will need to be online to open the document every time.

See the British Library's help information for digital files.

Requesting multiple articles from a journal

Due to copyright restrictions, you cannot request more than one article from the same issue of a journal. If you require more than one article, we may be able to request a loan of the whole issue from another library, or you may be asked to select one from among them.


We are not currently able to supply books on inter-library loan due to Covid-19 restrictions throughout the UK. However, we can try and source individual chapters electronically. Please complete the Inter-library loan request form via the link above.  

Both Goldsmiths and Senate House are running a click and collect service for books.

UK Theses

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.


Checking progress of your requests

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