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Library Document Delivery Service / Inter-Library Loans

(15 October 2020)

Document Delivery Service (DDS) allows staff and students of Durham University to obtain material not currently held by the Library. All DDS services nationwide (including the British Library) were suspended as the nation went into lockdown in March. This has remained the situation until very recently, but some services are being re-established. The British Library re-instated their inter-library lending for DDS services on 1 October. We are now also gradually reinstating DDS services to request items from other libraries for Durham University library users. For information, please visit here.

Please note:

  • Most University libraries are still not able to fulfil inter-library loan requests, which means that The British Library will be one of the few suppliers available. Items are likely to take longer to deliver given pressures on the British Library and any other supplying libraries, and some items will be unavailable as the British Library will be unable to supply all requested titles.
  • Where items are loaned to us as “reference only” users must attend on site to make use of these resources, as is usually the case
  • Re-established services are vulnerable as the Covid19 situation develops and institutions may close facilities or experience staffing shortages 

Durham itself will not be a supplier of print items to other libraries at the moment to avoid issues around supply of items to internal customers. 

Library & Collections is exploring other collaborative agreements with HE Libraries to supplement the usual DDS routes which should enable a more robust service in future.