Inter-library loans (postgraduates and staff only)

We provide access to books, journal articles, and other resources which are not available in our libraries.

Access the request forms

Who can use the service

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

What happens when you place a request

We have two systems to supply you with external materials, Article Reach Direct and Relais.

Article Reach Direct

Requests for journal articles will be directed into the Article Reach Direct system first. This ensures that articles are supplied in the fastest time possible. Sometimes we then need to transfer the request into Relais to supply.

Relais

Requests for books and other materials will go straight into the Relais system.

Please note: requests for books will not appear in your online library borrowing record. Please log into Relais to manage your requests.

How to request

Tip: The more information you provide, for instance, the ISBN or ISSN, the more likely it is that we can get your item quickly.

Books and other materials

Journal articles

  • Search Discovery to find an online or hard copy version of the journal article.
  • If you can't find the article you need click on the 'Article Reach Direct' link and the form will be populated with the article details. Please ensure the details are correct.
  • You can also type your request directly into the request form

Paper forms for final year undergraduates doing research

If you are a final year undergraduate student you need to fill in a paper form, and get it signed by your supervisor and email it to ill-library@unimelb.edu.au.

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

Information about copyright

Costs

We will obtain most things at no cost to you, however, you may be asked to contribute if the costs exceed our preset limit. If this occurs we will contact you.

If you need your item urgently, please contact us

Collecting your Inter-library loan

We provide copies electronically and books can be collected from the hold shelf at your nominated library. Some material cannot be taken out of the library. When this occurs we notify you prior to making the material available.

Renewing an Inter-library loan

Please request renewals a few days before the due date by:

Services to other libraries

For Information about how to request material and the associated costs, please go to Services to other libraries