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University Library

Document Delivery Service Charges

DDS prices are increasing this summer.
Get your requests in quick! Prices will increase on 1st August 2018 for the first time in five years. The standard charge for new DDS requests (loans and copies) will increase from £3.50 to £5.00. Requests placed before 1st August will be supplied at the old price, regardless of when they eventually arrive.

The renewal charge for British Library books will also increase to £5.00 and the change will apply to books currently on loan, as well as new books. Not all DDS loans incur a renewal charge, so check your DDS bookmark to see if the renewal charge applies to the book you have borrowed.

Prices for international loans and copies will remain at £12.50.

Prices will be reviewed annually.

A small fee is charged for each request. The majority of departments pay some or all of the charge for DDS requests for staff and/or postgraduates. Click here to see if your department pays for your requests. If you are not included in the scheme, the fee is added to your library record when the item is supplied and can be paid for with online payment or cash.

Items listed in Durham University Catalogue as 'missing' will be obtained free of charge - please make a note in the 'Notes' field of the request form to say 'Missing from library'.

Type of request


Standard UK request:

  • loan of a book* or thesis*,
  • a retention copy of an article or chapter (paper or electronic copy)


Non-standard request:

  • subsidised EThOS scan,
  • international search for a loan of a book* or thesis*,
  • international search for a retention copy of an article or chapter


British Library renewal*


* per volume

Renewal Charges

Many books can be renewed free of charge. However, renewals for books borrowed from the British Library cost £3.50 per volume. We can renew books as long as they are not required by other users or are very overdue. If you are uncertain whether a book is renewable, or whether there will be a charge for renewal, please contact DDS staff for advice.

Please Note

Information on this page relates to the 2017-18 academic year