Interlibrary requests

We can obtain for any IDS member: articles, books, book chapters, journal issues or other material not available in the library.

How do I make a request?

  • Ensure that the requested items are not available at BLDS or the University of Sussex Library.
  • Complete an Interlibrary Request Form and return it to BLDS staff.
  • Forms can be downloaded Interlibrary Request Form or picked up at the library Service Counter.
  • Or Email us with all the details.
  • Completed forms can be returned to
  • You will receive an email when your item is available.
  • In some cases we may decide to purchase, rather than borrow, a book; you will be alerted when the item is available for you.

How soon will I receive my Interlibrary request item?

  • MOST articles (for you to keep) will arrive within 4 working days.
  • MOST books (for you to borrow / use in BLDS) will arrive within 4 working days.

However, these times are not guaranteed and can take longer, especially if the British Library cannot supply. It depends on the item being requested:

  • The British Library guarantees delivery to us within 4 working days.
  • Material sourced from other UK libraries usually takes 4-7 working days.
  • Material sourced from overseas libraries usually takes 1-2 weeks.
  • If you need an article urgently you can pay for guaranteed faster delivery (see below).

How much will it cost me?

BLDS covers the cost of obtaining material for standard delivery on your behalf.*

  • Book / document loan: free
  • Article - standard: free
  • Article - delivery within 24 hours:  £20.46 (only if available at BL)
  • Article - delivery within 2 hours:   £31.26 (only if available at BL)

 (*For IDS work/ study. Where multiple requests are  made for use in systematic reviews etc, BLDS may need to pass the supply costs on to the project).

How many requests can I make?

  • You can request up to six interlibrary loan requests to be processed at a time.

What if I'm working remotely?

  • If you are unable to come to BLDS to collect your article, it may be possible for you to receive it electronically (for which you will need to download software):  email us if you require this.

For further information please e-mail

Obtaining theses:

  • If you want a UK published Thesis, please use EthOs, the British Library’s online electronic thesis service, which allows you to download theses for free.
  • See Finding theses and dissertations leaflet (.doc) for more information on searching for theses and finding open access theses.

E-mail for any help.