Inter-library loans (ILL)

Any book or article unavailable from the UL collection can be requested from other libraries, either national or international and delivered on your behalf.

Please note: this is a paid service, with a minimum charge of €6,50. See the overview below for costs, delivery times and loan periods.

ILL users
The ILL service is available to:
•    VU-employees with VU-netID
•    VUmc-employees
•    VU-students with VU-netID
•    External users with a UL membership card

How to request an item
There are serval ways to request an item.
•    In LibSearch you can request items unavailable from the VU collection by choosing the option ‘Request item through Interlibrary Loan’. Bibliographic details of the item will automatically be transferred to the ILL request form. All you need to do is enter your personal details.
•    When using an electronic resource, e.g. PubMed, click the VULINK-icon next to the item. A window with the ILL request button will appear.
•    On the ILL request form you must enter the bibliographic details, for example if you are unable to find the reference in one of the online catalogues. Fill in your personal details as well as the bibliographic information of the  reference yourself.

Delivery policy
For VU- and VUmc employees:
•    Journal articles will be sent to you by e-mail
•    Books can be picked up at the UL desk

For students and external users:
•    Journal articles can be picked up at the UL desk, unless you use a PiCarta-account, in which case you will receive them by email
•    Books can be picked up at the UL desk

Pick up notices are sent by email. After notification ILL materials will remain available for pick up for the next 4 weeks .

Books have a loan period of 4 weeks. Book loans can be renewed for a maximum of 5 times  ‘My account’ in LibSearch, unless the item is recalled.

For VU- and VUmc employees  costs will be charged to the Faculty or Division. VU-students and external users pay at the UL desk. Payment by PIN only.

Once you have submitted your request all due charges will apply, regardless of whether or not you collect your item.

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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