Inter-Library Loans & Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary loans involve Curtin borrowing the item from another library on your behalf. In most cases you will need to come to the Library to collect your interlibrary loan. You will need to return the borrowed item to Curtin Library by the due date so we can return it to its home library.

Document delivery involves Curtin Library obtaining a copy of a book chapter, journal article, conference paper, thesis and etc for you from another library. The copy will be supplied to you to keep.


Before you make a request, please check the Library Catalogue and Databases to ensure the item is not available in the library collection.

Interlibrary loan forms are available here:

Book, Thesis and DVDs

Journal articles/Conference Proceedings/Book Chapter

How fast can I get this item?
The average waiting time is 7 – 10 working days. For overseas loans, it can takes up to 4 – 8 weeks.

Delivery times cannot be guaranteed and it is outside the Library’s control. It is depends on the availability of material and the time spent in transit. We will keep you informed of any difficulties in obtaining items.
How much will the service cost? 
The cost and charges involved in the request of the items vary, depending on the item type, level of service and location of the item.

  • Personal request – cost and charges will be covered by requestor itself
  • Research purposes – cost and charges will be borne by their fund/ grant
  • Teaching and Learning – cost and charges will be under Library Collaboration Budget

Who should I contact? 
For help, please contact 085-630037/630038 or email Enquiry & Lending Services at