Interloans Service Information - Library - University of Canterbury

Interloans Service Information

What is an Interloan?

An interloan is a book/article supplied from a library outside our University. If the item you need for your research isn't held in our Library, you can request it on interloan for free.

Who can request an interloan?

All University of Canterbury staff and students.

Requests placed for personal use, or on behalf of another, are not allowed. External members and staff and students from other institutions cannot use the service.

What can be requested?

Almost anything – except some DVDs and very recently published books.   We’re also only able to get items related to your current UC research or teaching.  Public libraries do offer interloans for personal requests.

How much does it cost?

Currently, there are no charges for Interloans.

How do I request an interloan?

Interloan requests are submitted to the Interloans Team via the Web forms. Please check the Library Catalogue or MultiSearch (Advanced) before submitting a request.

How long will it take to arrive?

Articles/chapters usually arrive within 1-5 days, books about 2-3 weeks. It may take longer depending on suppliers and whether an article can be sent electronically or by post. Due to staff constraints an urgent service is not offered. However if you have a tight timeframe let us know, and we’ll do our best.

How do I receive my Interloan?

(Delivery information for registered distance users)

You may select a pickup library for books, print copies of articles, and reference only. You will be notified when your interloan arrives.

Reference-only microforms will be available at the Central or Macmillan Brown Library.

How long can I have the interloan for?

The loan period for books and reference only items is set by the lending library with these items usually available for 2-3 weeks. Books and reference only items can be recalled at any time.

Can I renew my interloan?

Please contact Interloans staff if you would like to request a renewal, as you won't be able to do it yourself in your library account.


Items may be recalled at any time. Overdue recalls will incur fines as with items from the University of Canterbury Library.

If an interloan has only just been received by the user when it is recalled for immediate return, the item will (when possible) be resupplied at no charge.

Copyright restrictions

No more than one article from an issue of a journal may be obtained at any one time, or two articles if they are on the same topic.

Contact numbers/addresses:

Telephone: (03) 369 3399 (within UC ext 93399).