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New service for managing Inter Library Loans from 1st June

Find out more about the new service

From 1st June 2018, the Inter Library Loans team introduced a new service for receiving articles electronically, called DRM Lite.  

The British Library’s DRM Lite service is an electronic delivery method that allows the British Library to supply securely encrypted documents and ensure the item is used only as permitted by the rights holder. Users will need to register, with a username and password, for the On Demand service to access documents.

DRM Lite will only be available for articles that the British Library supplies.  If another library supplies the article, this will still need to be picked up from the Help Desk.

Before 1st June 2018, the way of accessing Inter Library Loan articles meant that your document could only be opened and saved onto one computer, using Adobe reader and a plugin called File Open.

The benefits of the new and improved service include: 

  • The documents will be locked to the user rather than a machine - so if your computer breaks down you will still have access (via the retained email or saved document) for up to three years, depending on the publisher 
  • Documents will be able to be viewed on mobile devices and tablets
  • There will be no need to download extra software (like plugins), however you will need Adobe Reader 10 or above

The Inter Library Loans team hopes that you will enjoy using the new and improved service.  If you have any questions or want further information please see the new service FAQs



The Inter Library Loan service is a way of obtaining material that is not held by Brunel University London and is needed for your research and study. To request material, select the Inter Library Loans link (top right of the Library Catalogue) and complete the relevant form which will be sent through to the Library team.

Journal articles and photocopies can be sent to your email address via Secure Electronic Delivery, or can be picked up from the Library Help Desk. Books and other material have to be collected from the Library.

We are not able to guarantee a time frame for when items will arrive, as it depends on the availability of the item at either the British Library or other supplier libraries.  

There is a charge for this service for Undergraduates and Postgraduate course students.  Inter Library Loan charges for some staff and research students are covered by the Library.  Please check the University Library’s resources before applying. You can check:

Please have a look at the costs before you submit your request. There is no charge for unsuccessful requests.

 Costs effective from August 1st, 2018

Note that despite cost increases from the British Library prices have been held at the 2017 level.

Item Cost
Mail delivery of a journal article (post) £10.60
Electronic delivery of a journal article (email)* £6.24*
Electronic delivery of a journal article - scanned from print (email)* £10.92*
Loan of a book or journal issue £14.65
Renewal of a loan £4.75
Worldwide search (if an item is not available in the UK) 
Theses from abroad and US/ Canadian theses not available through ProQuest 
Lost Inter Library loan £174.50
  • Electronic delivery * Please note we are unable to clarify which price the electronic delivery will be until it has been supplied
  • Worldwide search (if an item is not available in the UK)  Please note we are unable to clarify the exact price for a worldwide search until it has been supplied - £55.00 is an estimate but it may be lower or higher depending on what the charge is levied by the library supplying the document
  • UK theses « Please refer to the British Library EThOS service
  • Theses from abroad and US/Canadian theses not available through ProQuest  Please note we are unable to clarify the exact price for such a thesis until it has been supplied - £55.00 is an approximate price

If you have any queries relating to the costs, please contact the Inter Library Loans team.