Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Services

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Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Services

Important Note:

Owing to the latest development of the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong and disruption in overseas shipments, the expected arrival time for ILL items will be delayed significantly.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

This service allows you to request books, book chapters, journal articles and other reading resources from local and overseas partner institutes.

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Types of materials can be requested via ILL:

  • Loans of books and scores
  • Photocopies of journal articles
  • Photocopies of book chapters
  • Theses which can be circulated in the library


Eligible Users:

All eligible users will be given an assigned quota per academic year. If the number of requested items exceeds this quota, a cost recovery basis charge will be applied. The following table gives details:

User Type Quota
Terms of Service I / Band G or above staff 40
Research Staff, Research Assistants and Demonstrators 40
Honorary Staff (excl. Honorary Appointee) 40
Postgraduate students 40
Undergraduate students 25
SPACE Academics 40
SPACE higher degree students (local resources only) 40


Expected time for the items to arrive at the library:

  • Materials from local institutes: 1 week
  • Materials from overseas institutes: 2 - 3 week

** Ninety percent of the resources arrive at the library within the time-frame mentioned above. The rest of them depend on the availability of the resources and the workload of the lenders.


Overseas Book Loan Initiative:

The University Libraries will check the availability of all book requests submitted via Interlibrary Loan. If the book is not available for loan, the Libraries would consider purchasing a copy of the requested book.

Off Campus Article Delivery

Terms of Service I / Band G or above (TOSI) staff from the main campus can send online requests via the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to obtain photocopies of journal articles held in medical and dental and vice versa for medical and dental TOSI staff for journals held in the main library.

Eligible Users:

Terms of Service I / Band G or above staff (excluding Research Assistants and Demonstrators).