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Inter-library loans (ILL)

ILL service is a paid service. Costs are 6.50 euros minimum. Look at the bottom of this page for a full oversight of costs, times of delivery and loan period.

It is possible that the University Library (UL) doesn’t have a certain book or periodical. UL-lenders can request this book or periodical at another Dutch or foreign library against payment.

  • Requestform 
    With the requestform you can request books and photocopies of periodical articles. You collect them at the UL. Payment can be done by pin payment at de UL desk.
  • Picarta (ILL account necessary ) 
    Would you like to receive photocopies of periodical articles at your home or work address, then take an ILL account. You will enter your requests in the system of Picarta yourself. The costs of your ILL request will be charged to your ILL account on which you have deposited some money (minimum deposit is 13 euros). Note that deposits on this account cannot be refunded. You can arrange for an ILL account and deposit at the UL desk.

Delivery and loan period ILL 
The delivery period of ILL requests vary. See grid below. Urgent requests (only for articles) will be delivered within a weekday on condition that the publication is available. The loan period is 4 weeks.

VU employees can arrange payment of costs with their department or faculty using the ILL account request form available at the UL desk at the first floor or at the faculty. VUmc employees will be charged three-monthly. VU students pay at the UL desk when collecting. Items that are not collected will also be charged.

Books and periodical articlesChargesDelivery time
Book€6.50 per item4-5 weekdays
Photocopy of an article (up til 10 pages)
Every next page/copy
Express delivery (up til 10 pages)
Every next page/copy
€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
Photocopy of an article (up til 10 pages)
Every next page/copy
€20 per item
€13 per article
€1,30 per page
Boek 1-3 weeks
Article within a week
Other material
Micromaterials, patents etcCost price


VUmc-staff receive the requested articles at their workplace. All others (VU staff and students, externals) will receive an e-mail message or a message through post upon arrival of the requested article. Collecting and paying is possible within 4 weeks at the UL desk at the first floor.

VU Main building, desk first floor, 1C-02 (opening hours)
T (020) 598 5200
E ibl.ub@vu.nl

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