Obtaining books and articles from other libraries

About Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service

The Inter Library Loan service allows all Staff, HE and Postgraduate students (FE students with tutors approval) access to items not held in the conservatoire library. Items are borrowed for you from other UK libraries. You may apply to borrow books, theses, music, and obtain copies of journal articles using the online order suggestion form via your library account .

Please note:  Other media, sound recordings, video etc cannot normally be borrowed through ILL (Inter Library Loans). There is no charge to you for this service.

Check the Library Catalogue first

Please make sure that you do not already have access to the item by checking the library catalogue before you make a request.

How do you request an item on Inter Library Loan?

Fill in the online order suggestion from via your library account

To aid the library staff to locate your item please give as much detail as possible.

Need Help?

Click here for help on filling in the form: Online order suggestion form guide

How long does it take?

No definite answer can be given as each item can be sourced form a different location. Applications will normally be processed within three working days, but please bear in mind that we need to locate the item that you require and make an application to borrow it. We are then dependent on the lending library to deal promptly with our request.

We always suggest that you should make you request to the library as early as possible.

What happens when the item arrives at Leeds College of Music?

You will be notified by your conservatoire email when your item has arrived. It will be held for you to collect from the library counter for no longer than 7 days.

How long can I keep it?

Initial loan periods vary. The usual loan period is two weeks, but the library will confirm on collection of the item.

Can I renew an Inter Library Loan book?

Renewal is usually possible, depending on the policy of the lending library. Items that have been renewed are subject to immediate recall if they are requested by borrowers at the lending library.

We lend to other libraries

With the exclusion of CDs and DVDs, and subject to approval, items held in the library may be borrowed by other libraries. At present we do not lend items outside the UK.

To make an enquiry please contact the librarian responsible for inter-library loans, David Thompson:


The item you require may also be available close by at another HE institution and as a student you maybe able to gain access by using the SCONUL access service. Click here for further information.

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