Each Medical and HSC Library can supply books and articles for work-related purposes both from within the Queen's University system and from the British Library via Inter-Library Loans (ILL).
Material supplied from the Medical and HSC Library network is provided free of charge while the supply of material from the British Library incurs an £8 charge, regardless of whether it is a book or journal article.
Material which is required urgently, theses and worldwide searches will cost considerably more and the Library will advise on the pricing of these accordingly. The charge is added to the user's account once the material has been supplied.
For information about Returns, Overdues, Recalls and Lost item charges see the Borrowing section.
You may request articles and books online or by completing paper request forms which are available from the Issue Desks of any of the Medical and HSC Libraries. Requesting can be done in two ways, from a list of search results or via the Place Request facility.
For paper article request forms:
If the material cannot be supplied from QUB stock and you have given permission for the library to request material from the British Library, a charge of £8 will be placed on your library account upon supply of this material.
Requests cannot be taken by telephone or email because of copyright restrictions. This service only applies to HSC members. HSC students are not eligible to make requests through the inter-library loan service.
How long will it take?
Once received by the Library, a request will be actioned within 3 working days. Normally the postal delivery of photocopies and books varies from under a week for straightforward requests to several months for material which is on loan or harder to obtain. Items from abroad may take even longer.
We will contact you if there is likely to be a long delay or if we need further information. Photocopies requested for delivery via the British Library DRM Lite service are normally emailed to you within 2 working days. Photocopies needed very urgently may be requested via the Urgent Action service and will be delivered within 24 hours.
Articles by post: Photocopied articles are posted directly to your work address.
Articles delivered via email:
The British Library normally delivered pdfs of print articles directly to your email via the DRM Lite service within two working days but it may occasionally take longer.
In order to access your first DRM Lite article, you will need to register with the British Library On Demand service.
You will receive an email from Sender: email@example.com with an active link to a document download page. Click on this link and follow the instructions to download your document.
Access to this link will cease after 30 days. Please note that ILL staff are also unable to recover the article for you after the 30 day limit. If you download and save the document you will have access to it for 3 years from the date of supply.
Click here for a DRM Lite Problem Solving Guide, available from Queen’s University Belfast.
Depending on your work address you will either receive notification to collect the item from the library where you made the request or the item will be posted to you. For an up-to-date record of due dates and renewals check My Account. To renew ILL items contact the Library where you placed the request. A further charge of £8 will be placed on your library account for the renewal of ILL items.
Copyright is primarily a property right. The owner of copyright has the right to prevent others copying without permission. Copyright in text belongs with the author, unless it has been assigned to someone else. Copyright in journal articles usually belongs with the publisher. Copyright in the published text of a work continues for 70 years after the author's death.
Copying under Licence
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence is a 'blanket' licence which means authorised users may make single and multiple photocopies of limited amounts of licensed material. You can make up to 15 copies per act of photocopying. Copies must be taken from the original published section for each act of copying and may consist of up to:
What the Licence does not cover
Making & Receiving Copies
The British Library provides an online service for requesting UK PhD theses - EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service).
You can search for theses by author, subject or institution and you can limit your search to those theses that are available for immediate download. You will be required to register with EThOS to take full advantage of the service but this is a one-off registration which is there to help protect copyright in the thesis.
Most universities are making their theses available free, however, a small number will require payment for digitisation of the thesis. If you are asked to pay for the digitisation of the thesis or the thesis you require is not available through EThOS then please contact a member of library staff.
Queries should be referred to the ILL department in any of the libraries listed below:
Alternatively follow the link to access a Resolving Problem guide, available through Queen’s University Belfast.