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Inter-library loans (ILL)

Material not available in the University Library can be borrowed from other libraries in the Netherlands and abroad through the inter-library loans (ILL) service:

You can request photocopies of articles from other libraries as well as from the VU Library's collections.

ILL desk, ILL account

With a PiCarta ILL account, you can request photocopies of articles to be sent to your home or workplace, and check the status of any ILL requests you have made. Costs will be paid from the initial down payment you made when registering. You can register for your PiCarta ILL account at the ILL desk:

VU Main Building, second floor, room 2B-02 (opening hours)
T +31 (0)20 598 5158
F +31 (0)20 598 5259
ibl.ub@vu.nl

Delivery time and loan period
Delivery time varies; see the table below. Urgent requests/express delivery: within 1 working day, subject to availability of the publication.
Requested books are loaned for the period of 4 weeks.

How to collect
VUmc staff will receive the requested materials at their workplace. VU students, staff, and other borrowers will be informed by email or letter as soon as the requested material is available from the ILL desk.
Books must be collected from the ILL desk in the main building. Payment should be made on collection of all items from the ILL desk, VU Main Building, second floor, room 2B-02.

Charges
VU staff can arrange payment of costs with their department or faculty using the ILL account request form. VUmc staff will be charged three-monthly. VU students and other borrowers pay at the ILL desk when collecting.

Books and periodical articlesChargesDelivery time 
Book€ 6,50 per item4-5 weekdays
Photocopy of an article (1-10 photocopies)
Each copy more than ten
Express delivery (1-10 photocopies)
Each page more than 10
€ 6,50 per item
€ 0,65 per page
€ 13,- per article
€ 1,30 per page
1-2 weekdays

Express 1 weekday
Books and periodical articles from abroad 
Books 
Photocopy of an article (1-10 photocopies)
Each page more than 10
€ 20,- per item
€ 13,- per article
€ 1,30 per page
Book 1-3 weeks
Article within 1 wk
Other material 
Micromaterials, patents, etc.Cost price 


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