The Inter-Library Loan service is available to staff and registered students of the Maynooth University and St Patrick's College, Maynooth, all of whom must hold a valid ID card. External members of the Library can also use the service.
Check LibrarySearch and the vast collection of eBooks and eJournals to ensure that the item(s) is not held locally.
To make a request, click on Renew Loans, Library Account, Inter Library Loans and identify yourself.
Enter your User ID / Barcode and Verification (PIN). Click on Log On. Click on InterLibrary Loans then select the category of material you wish to request:
Please give full bibliographic details and quote your source of reference if available. Choose your Department from the drop down list as this information is required for processing each inter-library loan request. Photocopies of articles etc. are supplied for research or private study and may not be reproduced in any form.
Under 'Preferred Media' click on the most appropriate media required.
- Click Go and the message "ILL request was registered" will appear.
- Click on Print to keep a record of your request or Cancel Request if you need to cancel the request.
- Click InterLibrary Loans to submit any additional requests.
- Click End Session.
- Click Go to return to the Main Menu in the library catalogue.
Access to your Library Account is also available from the Quicklinks menu on the Library website.
If necessary, please contact the Inter-Library Loans Department to ask about access to the ILL service.
The Library is currently offering this service without charge in support of staff and registered students' research activities. The Library reserves the right to cap the number of free requests allocated per person.
External members of the Library can also use the service, price available on request, contact: Inter-Library Loans for details.
Check your Library Account to view a list of your requests and check on their progress. Remember to click End Session and click on Go to exit your Library Account when you have finished. Where possible, you will be notified by email regarding delays with requests. Queries can be directed to the Inter-Library Loan Department via the Information Desk in the Library or by T: +353 1 7083901 or E: Library.ILL@mu.ie
If you have requested a loan you will be notified by email when it arrives and advised to come to the Information Desk in the Library to collect/consult the inter-library loan item.
Photocopies or print copies
If you have requested an article or chapter of a book you will be notified by email when it arrives. Where permissible, we will email or post articles and book chapters. Occasionally, these items will be made available for collection at the Information Desk in the library during service hours.
- Give full bibliographic details (i.e. author, title, ISBN, etc.).
- Please cite your source of your reference.
- Readers are advised to contact Inter-Library Loans if they are unsure of the availability of requested material, so that they can be informed if any of their requests are likely to be subject to delays or difficulties in finding locations.
EThOS has been created to offer a single point of access to UK-generated post-doctoral theses. Access to the available theses is via http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do The EThOS website includes a list of participating institutions. Institutions that are not involved in EThOS have different policies regarding access to their theses so while it is possible to request these via inter-library loan; supply is not guaranteed. Please note that neither Oxford nor Cambridge universities are currently participating in the EThOS scheme, so requests for copies of their theses must be made directly to their Imaging/Reprographic departments.
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Cambridge University Library
Libraries in the USA apply differing policies individually. Many US PhD theses are available for purchase/download directly from ProQuest's Dissertation Express service, in which case the holding library is not usually willing to lend, particularly to libraries outside the United States. It is possible to apply for a US thesis via the ILL Service but supply is not guaranteed.
Libraries who would like to borrow material from us may do so by emailing their requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org citing their British Library account number. We accept IFLA vouchers as payment from libraries that do not have a British Library account. Please note that many of our journal holdings are online only. Our ability to provide articles by inter-library loan from these journals is dependent on the terms of our licence.
Where material is not available for loan because of restrictions applied by the lending library, readers should consider travelling to a library which holds the item. Click here for more information.