Inter-library loans

You can use the inter-library loans service to access books, journal articles, and other resources not available in our libraries.

Go straight to the request forms

Who can use the service

  • University of Melbourne academic and general staff
  • Postgraduate research and higher degree students
  • Honours students
  • Final year undergraduate students doing research (with your supervisor's approval)

How to request

If you are eligible you will automatically have an account in Relais (our inter-library loans software) where you can manage your requests. 

Information about using Relais

How to request

  1. Search our catalogue and the BONUS+ catalogue first.
  2. If you can't find what you need
  • click on the 'Inter-library loans' button at the top of the screen, or
  • Log in to Relais to enter your request.

Search the catalogue

Search BONUS+

Login to Relais to make a request

  1. Search Discovery to find an online or hard copy version of the journal article. 
  2. If you can't find the article you need
  • Click on the 'Inter-library Loans' link and Discovery will fill out a request form with the article details, or
  • Login to Relais to enter your request.

Search Discovery 

Login to Relais to make a request

Paper forms for final year undergraduates doing research

If you are a final year undergraduate student you need to fill in a paper form, get it signed by your supervisor and hand it in at a library service desk.

Book request form

Journal article request form 

Non-Roman language articles

This form is to order articles in non-Roman languages such as Chinese or Cyrillic.

Journal article request form


Australian copyright laws apply to all inter-library loan requests.

Information about copyright


Inter-library loans are usually free, however you may have to pay if

  • there are high postage costs.

  • the request involves specialty reproduction services.

  • you want to purchase a thesis.

We will confirm you want to go ahead if there are any charges.

Delivery times

  • Books and microforms - 10 working days
  • Journal articles - 10 working days
  • Overseas loans - 2-8 weeks

If you need your item urgently, please contact inter-library loans staff.

Notification that your request is ready to collect

We will email you when your item is ready to collect.

Collecting your inter-library loan

Journal articles

We will email most journal articles. You can choose to have them sent by post or, arrange to collect them in person if you want. If we can't email the article we will contact you.


You can collect most books from the self-service area holds area of the Baillieu Library or you can select to collect from another campus library.

Items that can only be viewed in the library 

Some material you need to use in the library or under supervision. If this is the case we'll let you know. You will need to ask the service desk staff to use the item. Please contact us if you need to have your item transferred to another campus. 

Contact Inter-library Loans and Document Delivery.

Renewing an inter-library loan

Check the book strap to see if you can renew the item once.

Request to renew items a few days before the due date by

  • logging into Relais and clicking the 'send message' button, or 
  • contacting the inter-library loans office during business hours.

Contact Inter-library Loans and Document Delivery.


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