Inter Library loans
The inter library loan service is a means of obtaining
books and other study materials which are not held in your own public
library. The service is open to anyone but is primarily aimed at
people requiring essential materials for study purposes, whether
a formal course or a personal interest in a subject.
There will be a charge, as detailed below, for each item requested
through the inter library loan service, with other charges being
applied in some cases. View our Acceptable
Use Policy for further details. This document also includes
an application form which can be printed off at home and posted
to us if you find it difficult to visit the library (Adobe
Reader is required to view and print the form).
Please refer to the frequently asked questions below for further
information on this service:
Q: How do I request materials?
A: Application forms are available from the desk at both Kirkwall
and Stromness libraries and also via the mobile library service.
If it is not possible to visit these service points in person applications
can be made by printing off the application form and, after completing
and signing it, posting it to Orkney Library & Archive.
Q: Is there a charge for using this service?
A: There is a charge of £2.50 per item requested, with other
charges being applied in some cases. The cost of acquiring a British
Standard will be the full cost of the request as set by the British
Library.The cost of acquiring a PhD Thesis can vary according to
Q: What type of materials may be requested?
A: The service provides access to a range of materials i.e. text
books, thesis reports, photocopies of journal articles, musical
scores and librettos etc. If in doubt contact Maureen
Q: How long will I have to wait for materials?
A: Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee how long it will
take to obtain an item. It depends on the general availability of
the item and which library supplies it. For this reason we advise
anyone requiring materials for a set course to apply well in advance
of assignment dates.
Q: How long is the loan period?
A: The loan period is stipulated by the library supplying the request,
but generally it's about 3-4 weeks. Renewals may be possible but
this is, again, at the discretion of the lending library.
Q: What happens if I need to cancel a request?
A: It is not possible to cancel a request once it has been made,
therefore we advise users to only request items that are essential
to their needs.