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Inter-Library Loan Service


Inter-Library loan (ILL) is a service provided by the library to support the research and educational needs of the TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus by requesting materials not owned by the library.


The library conducts all transactions in accordance with the COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. The library reserves the right to refuse to fill a request if, in its judgement, fulfilment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. It is the responsibility of the requestor to operate within copyright law.

The requirements under copyright law permit only one article from any journal issue to be requested. All requests for journal articles or part works must be signed by the requestor.


The interlibrary loan service should be used for TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus research purposes only. Registered students and staff are eligible to use this service. A library record in good standing is mandatory. Anyone having billed, lost or overdue library or interlibrary loan books, or whose record is otherwise blocked, may not use this service until the record is cleared.

Please note that external users, companies or those engaging in research for commercial purposes cannot currently avail of this service.


Undergraduates are entitled to three free interlibrary loans per academic year.

Material Types

  • Books
  • Journal issues
  • Journal articles
  • Dissertations or theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Technical reports or standards

FIND IT should be consulted before an inter-library loan is submitted, use the search box in the circle at the top of the page.

Requesting an Inter-Library Loan

  • Log in to your library record
  • Your Log in is the same as your TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus Moodle / Network ID and password
  • Click on the 'Inter Library Loan' link at the top of the page
  • If you are already logged in you can click on the link above to go straight to the ILL request form
  • Fill in as many details as possible
  • NOTE: Requests for pre-publication articles will not be processed

Insufficient information and pre-publications

These requests slow down the service. You will be notified if your request cannot be processed and you will need to reapply with the correct information or when the material has been published. It is recommended that before submitting a request, the details are checked on a citation database.

Delivery and Notification

How long does it take?

Articles usually arrive at the library within a week to ten days. Books may take a little longer depending on availability. Please take note of this delay when ordering items, and incorporate it into any time limits you may be working under.

How will I know when my request has arrived?

Requestors will be notified by e-mail or telephone according to the details submitted on the request form. Items will be held behind the circulation desk to be picked up within 3 days. Pickup must coincide with desk opening hours. If the item is not picked up after this time and no other arrangements have been made then it will be returned to the lending library and future library privileges may be jeopardised.

Loan Periods, Recalls and Renewals

The loan period for books and other returnable material is determined by the lending library and is usually 2 to 4 weeks.

The lending library may recall an item – in this case the item may not be renewed. Requests for renewal may be considered and must be made in advance of the due date by contacting the inter-library loans team in the library.

Overdue, lost or damaged materials

Library privileges may be suspended for patrons with materials which have not been returned.

A bill will be issued for the replacement cost of the item. Charges incurred from lost or damaged material will be the responsibility of the requesting patron.The charge for replacement/loss of material is currently a minimum €200.00 (excludes VAT). All unpaid charges will result in the suspension of library privileges.

The loss of items from lending institutions may result in the library being blacklisted with the supplier.

To ensure this does not happen, you are asked to make a note of the return date issued to you, and to make every effort to return before that date

Return of items

It is the responsibility of the borrower to ensure that the item is returned to the library desk. The self-service machine should not be used.


Any queries in relation to interlibrary loans should be made to or + 353 1 4042203.

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