Interlibrary Loan

Items which are not held in a Mannheim library can be borrowed via interlibrary loan.

You can place a request for an item or article via interlibrary loan. The items are usually available within two to three weeks. The interlibrary loan fee amounts to EUR 1.50 per item. In order to place an interlibrary loan request you need a library account.

How to place an Interlibrary Loan Request

If you cannot find an item using Primo, you can switch from the search area “University Library Holdings” to “Inter-Library Loan”. Choose an item and click on the link in the section “Get It”. The details are filled in automatically into the online order form for interlibrary loans.

Additional costs may arise for international interlibrary loans or article copies exceeding more than 20 pages. You can determine your own limit upon placing your request.

Section 1(3) of the Rules and Regulations Governing Interlibrary Loans (Leihverkehrsordnung) contains a list of items which cannot be borrowed via interlibrary loan.

Order form for interlibrary loans

Requesting Copies via Interlibrary Loan

Due to copyright law, libraries may transmit copies only under certain conditions and to a limited extent.

For non-commercial purposes, you may order

  • copies of up to 10 percent of a published work
  • copies of individual articles that have appeared in professional or scientific journals

Please note that you cannot order copies of full-length articles from newspapers or popular magazines via interlibrary loan.

Collecting Interlibrary Loan Items

You will receive an e-mail as soon as your item has arrived. You can collect interlibrary loan items at the desk in the Schloss Westflügel Library on the next day. Some interlibrary loan items cannot be borrowed. They can only be accessed in the special collections reading room in the Schloss Schneckenhof Library.

As a rule, the loan period for interlibrary loans is 40 days. Interlibrary loans cannot be extended.

Document Delivery Services

If an interlibrary loan is not suitable for your request, you can use one of the following document delivery services:

Upon payment of a fee, Subito supplies you with the desired item within 72 hours. Subito emails you articles as PDF files. The fees differ depending on the requested items.

Upon payment of a fee, the document delivery service of the British Library „The British Library Document Supply Centre“ supplies photocopies of material.

The document delivery service Ingenta offers access to 10,000 full texts upon payment of a fee.

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