Easier, faster interlibrary requests for articles and e-books

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Image of the ILR webpage, indicating links to Article and Loan request forms

Do you know that feeling of urgent doom when you come across just the exact article you need, but realise you have to submit an interlibrary request to get it…? And you just can’t get to campus right now to sign a copyright declaration? Yeah, that.

Well the Library have been listening. Access to place a request for an interlibrary loan or article online has been available for some time, but in the past we’ve had to make a trip to the Library in person to sign the copyright declaration before the request could be placed. No longer! The copyright declaration has now been integrated into the online request form, so you can do it all from the comfort of your home, a cafe in town, your fieldwork or archive location… anywhere with internet access. And you can have your article delivered right to your inbox.

Helen Webb (Research Support, Library) says:

quotesopenIt’s now even easier to request an Interlibrary Loan for an item you need if the Library doesn’t have it.

95% of journal articles can now be delivered direct to your desktop and we’ve saved you a trip to the Library by making the Copyright agreement a part of the online request form – no need to print and bring a separate form before you get your article.


We’re also experimenting with offering immediate access to ebooks (where possible) when you request to borrow a book that we don’t have – making our already quick service even speedier. For more information see the Interlibrary Loans page (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/library/info/ilr)

To order your e-article or interlibrary item:

  1. screenshot of ILR request page showing copyright declaration and delivery methodgo to www.sussex.ac.uk/library/info/ilr
  2. select the relevant link from the right hand side of the page
  3. login with your ITS username and password
  4. complete the details of the article/item you are requesting
  5. select the delivery method – “send to my email account” is the quickest
  6. read the copyright declaration. If you agree, tick the box
  7. Click the ‘Submit’ button.
  8. Done!

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