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Inter-library loans (ILL)

Inter Library Loans (ILL)
ILL is a paid service, charging a minimum of € 6,50,- per item. Pleas check the bottom of this page for a complete overview of costs, delivery times and loan periods.

In some cases, the University library (UL) is unable to provide a particular book or periodical. In such a case, VU and VUmc employees, VU students and external customers who are in possession of a VU library pass, can, for a fee, request books or articles from other Dutch or foreign libraries. 

  • Requestform (the UB places the order)
    Books and photocopies of articles from periodicals can be obtained by filling in the request form. The items can then be collected from the UL. Payment can be made only by pin transaction at the UL desk.

  • Picarta account (client places the order themselves)
    If you would prefer to keep track of your ILL requests yourself, it would be advisable to open an ILL account in PiCarta, where you can make a deposit so that books ordered can be deducted from your account balance. Account balances start at €13,-. You can then place your own requests through PiCarta. Please note that deposits made into ILL accounts cannot be reimbursed. You can open an ILL account and make deposits at the UL desk. Copies of articles made through your account will then be delivered to your home or work address. VU and VUmc employees can open an ILL account with an ‘ILL account request form’ available from the UL desk or your faculty or department. Costs for delivered articles will be charged to your faculty or department. 

Means of delivery

VU and VUmc employees:

  • articles are sent to the the work address (email)
  • books can be collected from the UL desk

Students and external customers:

  • articles can be collected from the UL desk, unless the customer has a PiCarta ILL account, in which case the article is received by email
  • books can be collected from the UL desk

Collection notices are sent by email
Items can be collected within 4 weeks

The applicant is responsible for any and all submitted requests and  costs involved. Costs for VU- en VUmc employees are charged to their respective faculty or department. For VU-students and external customers payment can only be made at the UL desk. In the case of uncollected items, all charges will apply. Payment is only possible by pin transaction at the UL desk.

Books and periodical articlesChargesDelivery time
Book (4 week loan period)
€6.50 per item*
4-5 weekdays
Photocopy of an article (up til 10 pages)
Each extra page/copy
€6.50 per item
€0.65 per page
1-2 weekdays

Books and articles from abroad

Books from abroad (4 week loan period)
Copies of articles from abroad (max 10 pages)
Each extra page/copy
€20 per item
€13 per article
€1,30 per page
Boek 1 to 3 weeks
Article within 1 week
Other material

Micro material, patents etc.Cost price

* a book can consist of multiple items. Costs are calculated per item.

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T (020) 598 5200
E ibl.ub@vu.nl

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