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Requests & Inter-Library Loans

Please Note: We are unfortunately unable to offer the below Request and Inter-Library Loan service until the national systems in place for this scheme resume.

If the item you are interested in is listed on the catalogue then you can reserve it for free via the catalogue, using your Library Card Number and PIN.

Request to Purchase

If you cannot find the item you are interested in on the catalogue then you can place a request for the library service to consider purchasing it for a non-refundable £1 admin fee up to 3 months ahead of publication, (one title per request). Please note we are unable to accept request for DVDs or Blu Ray.

Inter-Library Loan requests

If your request falls into the following criteria we can try to locate and request a copy of the item from another UK library service or the British Library via an Inter-Library Loan:

  • Out of print
  • Of little general interest
  • High purchase price.
  • Unsuitable content or format
  • Old/out of date
  • Obscure publisher
  • Article from journals

There is a charge of up to £7.90 (variance depending on the lender’s charge) towards the cost of procuring the Inter-Library Loan. A non-refundable admin fee of £1.00 is payable on placing the request and the remaining balance is added to your account when the book arrives in the county.

Please note we are unable to offer this service at Mobile and Community Hub Libraries.

Academic Articles

‘Access to Research’ gives free access to over 30 million academic articles and can be accessed for free using the People’s Network computers at any Lincolnshire Library

If the article you require is not included in Access to Research holdings then we can make a request to the British Library for a photocopy of it on your behalf. The charge for this service is £7.00; this includes a non-refundable administration charge of £1.00 taken at the time of placing the request. You must be over 18 to use this service and a copyright declaration form must be signed in the library when you collect your article.

Although we will make every effort to obtain the requested item as quickly as possible we regret that we are unable to guarantee it will be available for collection by a particular date as the supply of these items is outside of our control.