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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service offered to Academic, Research and Senior Administrative staff, and Higher Degree students of the Institute. These group of people can request for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to access publications and books not held by the library.

Loan Restrictions

Each user is limited to TWO interlibrary loan requests at any one time. Requests for multiple copies of a title will not be accepted. Requests are restricted to materials required for teaching, research, or work-related purposes.

The types of materials not available through this service include: reference materials, journals, audio-visual materials, theses and project reports, as well as any other materials as specified by the lending libraries.

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Charges and Fines

No charges are imposed for local loans. However, library users have to pay for any overdue fines as well as all costs incurred as a result of any damage or loss of the items borrowed. Overdue fines and replacement costs vary with each lending library.

Overseas loan charges depend on the ILL fee levied by the lending libraries and the postal charges incurred.

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Request Procedure

Before requesting for interlibrary loan service, please check the library catalogue to ensure that the NIE Library and Information Services Centre does not have the item.

Complete the online form or request form obtainable at the Loan Counter. Submit the form to the Access Services Office (Level 2, Left Wing, Library).

Processing Time

Most items are supplied within a week or ten days, depending on the responsiveness and item availability at the lending libraries. All ILL requests are handled promptly in the order they are received. We will notify you when the materials arrive.

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Receiving and Returning Materials

Borrowers must pick up / return their own loans in person from / to the Loan Counter during its opening hours.
Important note: Do not return materials through internal despatch or Book Return Bin.

Loan Duration

Most libraries lend materials for TWO weeks. Please note the due date and return materials FIVE days before the due date.

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All items borrowed via ILL are subject to immediate recall. If you are planning to be away for MORE THAN TWO DAYS, please return your loans before going on leave.


If you wish to renew an item, you should contact the Access Services Staff at (65) 6790-3627 or ONE WEEK before the due date. Please note that we are unable to renew overdue items. Renewals are not available for materials borrowed from the National Library Board and National University of Singapore Libraries.


For clarification, please send your questions to or call (65) 6790-3627.

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Last updated: February 28, 2018  

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