University Library

Requesting a book or article from another library via Interlibrary Loan

If a book or article is not in the collection of Tilburg University's University Library, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from another library in The Netherlands or abroad, via our catalog. On average, it takes 2 to 3 days to grant an ILL request. There are costs involved for students and for staff without an employment contract.

Who can place ILL requests?

The following persons can use Interlibrary Loan.

  • Students of Tilburg University
  • Employees of Tilburg University

External borrowers with a loan card cannot submit ILL requests.

Where do I place the request?

Look for the publication in our catalog. Indicate whether you want to search for the publication in the Netherlands (Libraries in the Netherlands) or abroad (Libraries worldwide). This may have consequences for the costs of the request.

Check (under Editions and formats) whether you have the correct year of publication and the correct edition. Under Availability click on the button Place ILL Request. Fill in the form as complete as possible and click on the button Submit request.

On the next page you will find your account history.

Contact the Library Support Desk if you have any doubts about the accuracy of your request or if you cannot find a publication in the catalog.

How many ILL requests can I place?

Due to the switch to a new ILL system, there is a maximum of ten current requests.

What are the costs?

National delivery
  Student Staff with an employment contract Staff without an employment contract* or former staff with facilities
Book € 3 Free** € 13
Scan of journal or book article € 6.50 Free** € 6.50
International delivery
  Student Staff with an employment contract Staff without an employment contract* or former staff with facilities
Book € 10 Free** € 20
Scan of journal or book article € 12 Free** € 12

* For example, Tias staff, grant students, guest researchers, guest lecturers and external PhD students.

** Costs are paid by the university.

How and where can I pay?

The moment a book or digital article is ready for you to pick up, you will receive an e-mail, also indicating the costs (Bill notification). You can pay the amount at  the Library Support Desk, at the ATM. The costs for an ILL book or article which is not collected, is also due.

Attention! The loan facilities of students and staff without an employment contract will be blocked from an outstanding amount of € 6.75 (ILL costs plus fines). A different blocking arrangement applies to staff with an employment contract, see the Library regulations.

How and when will delivery take place?


The average delivery time for books is 2 to 3 working days, provided the books can be delivered by a library in The Netherlands. The delivery time for material originating from a library abroad can be several weeks. The moment a book is received by the university library, you will receive an e-mail message about this. You can pick up your book at the Library Support Desk upon presentation of your Tilburg University card.

Journal or book articles

Journal or book articles are delivered digitally (scan). The average delivery time is one working day, if supplied by a library in The Netherlands. You will receive an e-mail message with a link to the article. The link temporarily valid, but you can download and save the article. The delivery time of an article from a library abroad can be several weeks.


Overview and status of my ILL requests

If you are logged in to the catalog, you can get an overview of your ILL requests and their status, by using the button with your initials in the top right corner of the catalog.

How can I extend the lending period of IBL books?

To extend the lending period of a book, please contact Library Support. Whether the lending period can be extended, is determined by the library which provided the book.

Do you have any questions or would you like help?

The library staff  will be happy to help you. You find them on the first floor of the library. You can also call (013) 466 2124 or send an e-mail to