Postal Loans

If you find it difficult to visit the library in person, we may be able to post items to you by request. Please note that the library has a digital first policy and obtains electronic content where possible however in some cases content is only available in print.  We will only supply postal loans if the content is available as print only.

For overseas students, you may be able to access a library in the country you are in or possibly arrange inter-library loans through them. One list of some National Libraries might be helpful.

Who can use this service?

All staff and students can apply for postal loans.

What can be sent out?

Where we do not have an electronic version, we will post:

  • Standard Loan items*
  • Photocopies of journal articles
  • Photocopies of book chapters

*We do not usually post books outside of the UK, however we may make an exception if an item is essential to your research or study, please make this clear in your request.

What does it cost?

  • £2.50 per book plus return postage if book is returned by post
  • £2.50 per photocopied article
  • £2.50 per PDF sent by email



How do I request a Postal Loan book?

  • Please email your request to
  • £2.50 charge will then be added to your library account

 How do I return a Postal loan book?

Please return books in person, or by post. You are responsible for the cost for return postage for books. We suggest that you obtain a free proof of postage slip from your post office, standard post is sufficient.

Please note that books are subject to recall at any time.  If you receive a recall email the due date will be reduced to 7 days, please post the item back by the due date.  If you have any problems returning the item, let us know. 


Before you request Journal articles or book chapters (PDF format), please check the library catalogue to see if we have an electronic version of the material. 

If we only have print, please make a request. Complete the correct form below and email it to We must receive this form before we can send out your request due to copyright regulations. 


Journal article request form

Book chapter request form


If you need a printed copy, please clearly state in your email, "Print copy needed"and we will supply.

Contact Us

Address : Postal Loans Service, C/O Mail Room - Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4SB.  
Tel : 01392 723867
Email :