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Interlibrary Loans: What is Interlibrary Loans?

Welcome to Interlibrary Loans

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Thesis Requests: EThOS



British Library at St. Pancras


EThOS is the Electronic Thesis Online Service, a British Library initiative, which provides  access to UK doctoral theses online. Many UK theses are now being made available online via the EThOS service which allows you to:

  • search over 400,000+ theses records,
  • freely download the full-text of UK digitised theses,
  • order a download of theses from participating institutions.

Anyone who wishes to view a UK thesis must first register for the service. If the thesis is already digitised, you will be able to order then download it; if not, you can request it via EThOS and you will be advised by the British Library about its availability.  For help in using EThOS see the British Library’s online guide.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database includes nearly 3 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1743 to the present day together with over 1 million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. See Theses and Dissertations for further information on other relevant resources.

What is Interlibrary Loans?

The Interlibrary Loans (ILL) service at the IOE Library is there to provide you with materials which are not held in any UCL library. We will look for another library that owns the item you want to use and ask them to lend it to us. Because we are borrowing them from another library, an ILL item may have different loan periods or not be available for renewal. We will try and inform you if this is the case. 

Each item we provide you through ILL costs £3. This is a subsidized cost as we pay the vast majority of the ILL fee. If you are using a book provided by the British Library, there will be an additional £3 for every renewal. This is because the British Library charges for renewals. If you request an article, we will provide you with a printout a lending library sends us. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot provide you with an electronic copy. 


We cannot fill Interlibrary Loan requests for anything we have a physical or electronic copy of. If we own a book but all copies are checked out, we will not fill an Interlibrary Loan request for the item. Instead, please submit a request. If we have subscribe to an e-journal or an ebook we will not be able to fill an Interlibrary loan request for the item. If for some reason you cannot use the electronic version, please write us directly and explain your circumstances before submitting your request. 

Contact the Interlibrary Loans Service

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Interlibrary Loans Team

Room L402

Newsam Library and Archives

UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way

London WC1H OAL

Tel:44(0) 207 612 6055/6072/6054