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Inter-library loans

Library staff will request the supply of material (principally books, chapters from books, or copies of journal articles) for you that is not available within Cambridge.

In order to process your requests we require that you sign a Copyright Declaration Form to say that the item will be used solely for private study or research and NOT for any commercial purpose. Please contact Library staff if you if the item you require is to be used for any direct or indirect commercial purpose, because a special copyright fee must be paid. By law you may only request one article from any single journal issue, one chapter or 5% of extracts from a book.

Please download a copy of the Copyright Declaration Form, complete and sign it and give it to a member of Library staff for processing. Alternatively you can ask Library staff for a copy of the form. One form must be completed for each individual request that you make. Please sign the forms by hand; we regret that electronic signatures are not acceptable.

Please note: the signed form(s) MUST be received by Balfour Library staff before they are legally able to request items from the British Library.

Please note that journal articles copied for you in this way cannot be used for teaching purposes. If you require articles for teaching an alternative route must be taken; please see the Legal Services Office web pages on Copyright Compliance or ask Library staff for advice.

Standard delivery of items should take 3-5 working days.

Charges for members of the Department of Zoology are:

£3.00 per journal article copy, inc. VAT

£3.00 per book loan

Members of the Department of Zoology can pay by cheque (made payable to the 'University of Cambridge'), in cash, or using a grant code.

Charges for non-members of the Department of Zoology are:

£6.25 + VAT per journal article copy

£11.60 per book loan

Non-members of the Department of Zoology can pay by cheque (made payable to the 'University of Cambridge'), or cash.

If you need an item more urgently than this you are advised to request it from the Central Science Library nearby instead, which offers an Urgent Action Service for the delivery of items within 24 hours.

Please note that there may be additional charges for the renewal of books on loan from the British Library. Balfour Library staff will inform you of this where relevant.

The Central Science Library offers a document scanning service. This is for material not available electronically, which is held by the Central Science Library. It includes articles from journals and chapters from books, and there is a fee for the service.

If you wish to locate a thesis, please see the Theses page.