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National Art Library inter-library loans

The National Art Library is part of the Inter-Library Loans (ILL) community, which is committed to the co-operation of libraries in sharing resources. Our catalogue is available over the internet and we are a member of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).

We can supply photocopies, digital scans or downloads, as appropriate, to outside institutions where the request complies with our photocopying restrictions and current European copyright law.

We are unable to lend any of the items in our collections.

UK institutions

Please request items through the British Library Document Supply Service or on a British Library form. The British Library will forward requests to us for material that they do not hold themselves.

If you wish to request copies of items directly from the National Art Library please check the Directory of Library codes for the National Art Library's inter-library loans contact details and pricing and charging policy code.

Non-UK institutions

Non-UK institutions can also request items through the British Library Document Supply Service. Registration with the Supply Service is required, at no cost. Organisations who register with them can use any of the BLDSS services.

If you are not registered with the BLDSS, requests for copies will be treated as copying orders. A separate scheme of charges applies to this service. An invoice must be signed and returned with payment in pounds sterling before copies can be made. We do not accept IFLA vouchers or cheques in foreign currency. Further details can be found on the National Art Library Copying Services page.

Charges for ILL

The National Art Library charges in line with the current British Library document supply prices. Please note that the NAL offers the standard delivery options (electronic and mail) only.

Members of the public

We do not offer an Inter-Library Loan service (for items not held in the Library) to our readers.

Photocopies or digital scans of material held in the National Art Library can be ordered through the National Art Library Copying service. A seperate scheme of charges applies to this service.


National Art Library opening times

The National Art Library opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.00 – 17.30 and Friday: 10.00 – 18.30.  It is closed on Mondays and Sundays.



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