The Library and Inter Library Loans allowance

The Library

The Library’s information for staff webpage aims to help new and existing staff get the best from the Library and its services. It includes a staff induction guide that introduces you to the major services available to support your research and teaching at the University.

The Library Liaison Team are based in the Forum Library, and provide support across all subject areas. University of Exeter staff at the Penryn campus are supported by the Cornwall-based team of Academic Liaison Librarians.

To make enquiries about resources, support or training, to arrange a 1:1 appointment, or if you wish to invite a liaison librarian to SSLC or other meetings, please contact, or for Penryn Campus

Online Support

The Library and Research Skills module on ELE contains induction material for both students and staff, along with a wealth of guidance and tutorials on library and research skills, and advice on using different types of materials. From here you can also link through to the Subject Guide for Humanities.


All library resources can be accessed via the library catalogue

Major databases are managed centrally by the University and are available to all staff and students via the Electronic Library. Click on the Subject link at the foot of the screen to find the key resources in your area.  You will need your University IT username and password to access resources.

For more details of services please consult the library website.

Library Contacts

If you have any enquiries, please contact us on (Exeter) or (Cornwall).

Inter Library Loans allowance

The College of Humanities provides each research student with an allowance of 20 free interlibrary loans per year for full-time students,  10 free interlibrary loans per year for part-time students (1 August to 31 July) and 5 free interlibrary loans once on continuation status. 

We are aware however that some students will have need for a greater number of interlibrary loans and we will consider applications for an increase to this allowance on a case by case basis.

If you have used your full allowance and would like to apply for an increase to this allowance please email the Humanities Graduate School ( initially, explaining the reasons for your request and giving details of the number of extra loans you will require.  You will also need to ask your first supervisor to email the Humanities Graduate School to support your request. Please note that applications for an increase to your allowance cannot be considered without a supporting statement from your first supervisor.

Interlibrary loans are requested online on the Forum Library’s website and the Library will have details of the number of interlibrary loans you have in your allowance.

Students registered at the Penryn campus can request interlibrary loans from the Help Desk at Penryn or Woodlane libraries. Details about how to make a request can be found here.