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Books and journal articles that are not in our collection can usually be obtained from another library as an interlibrary loan. This service is available to all library members.

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How can I request an item by interlibrary loan?

Before making an interloan request, please check in Hunter to make sure we do not hold the book or journal you require.

Making a request

Interloans can be requested:

  • online through Hunter
  • at the library helpdesk.

To make a request online:

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  • Go to Hunter and sign in at the top right of the screen. (For help signing in to Hunter, see our FAQs.)
  • Select Request interlibrary loan to be taken to an online form where you can fill in details of the item and submit your request.

To make a request at the library helpdesk, please call in during our staffed hours and ask for an interloan request form.

Paying for a request

St George’s, University of London and Joint Faculty staff and students must pay for interloan requests before material can be ordered. The charge is £6 per book or journal article.

Payment can be made:

  • by cash or cheque at the library helpdesk during our staffed hours
  • by account code entered on the helpdesk form, or in the comment box if using the online form.

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NHS staff and post-registration nursing students employed by the trusts below can receive 10 interloans per year (August-July) free of charge:

  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Community Service Wandsworth
  • South West London Strategic Health Authority

If you have used your allowance for the year, further requests can be made at a cost of £6 each. Please follow the payment instructions for university staff and students above.

How long do interloans take to arrive?

Most articles arrive within 2-7 days.

Most books arrive within 7-14 days.

Please note, however, that supply times for standard requests depend on the organisation supplying the material and this is not within our control.

Urgent article requests

We can obtain journal articles within a shorter guaranteed timeframe in urgent cases. These requests have to be dealt with individually and will cost considerably more to obtain.

To place an urgent article request, please speak to one of the interlibrary loans staff before 3pm, Monday to Friday, at the library helpdesk or using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
How will I receive journal articles?
Electronic delivery

Many articles can be delivered directly to your email address, provided you choose this option at the time of making your request. The article will arrive in a secure electronic document (SED) format and can be opened using software that you will need to have previously installed on your computer.

For instructions, please see our Helpsheet on receiving articles by e-mail (PDF).

Paper copy
If you do not choose electronic delivery, we will print the article and keep it at the library helpdesk for you to collect. If you prefer, we can send the copy to you in the internal or external post.
How will I receive books?

Books received on interloan can be collected from the library helpdesk during staffed hours. They must be signed for and returned by the date shown on the slip inside.

Can I renew an interloaned book?

It is often possible to extend the loan period on books from other libraries, at a charge of £6 or one NHS interloan credit per renewal.

To request a renewal, please email us a few days before your item is due for return.

Contact details

Interloans librarians: Jane Appleton and Hilary Garrett
Tel: 020 8725 5251


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