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Collecting, Returning and Renewing Inter Library Loans


  • Please make sure you are able to collect and return an ILL book in person.

  • If you request a physical copy of an ILL (book, journal or photocopy) you will receive an email informing you of its availability and due date.

  • Collect your request from the Information Desk on level 1.

  • If you are unable to collect your request by the specified date, contact the Inter Library Loans team straight away. Failure to collect a request will result in a £15 non-collection fee being added to your account.

  • Some books may be Reference which means they can only be read in the library. They will be kept at the Information Desk for you to use in the library as often as you wish within the loan period.

    Reference only restrictions are imposed by the supplying library, usually because a book is rare or in high demand. 

Due date and Returning

  • Do not remove the paper label wrapped around the book. It will give you information about the return date and any other restrictions imposed by the British Library.

  • Once issued to you, the book will show on your Library account as an Inter Library Loan with the date it is due back.

  • You must return the book to staff at the Information Desk on Level 1 of the Charles Seale-Hayne Library. Do not return the book through the return machines or the red returns bin.


If there is no one else waiting for the book you should be able to renew, subject to the terms specified by the lender. Each renewal will cost you £5.45 per item. You must renew via email- you cannot renew yourself or at the information desk.

Please email illply@plymouth.ac.uk team at least 2 days before your book is due for return.

Contact Details


(01752) 588766

Modified 06/09/2021