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Education: introduction to libraries and resources: Libraries beyond Oxford

Subjects: Education

1. Search Oxford

2. Search the web

Try a Google search, especially for journal articles, as you may be able to find them freely available online.

3. Search UK libraries

Copac searches library holdings in the UK.

If we can obtain your ILL from within the UK it will get here much faster and cost less than if we have to order it from abroad. 

4. Search libraries worldwide

WorldCat searches library holdings worldwide.

If your ILL has to come from abroad, be prepared to pay the full cost of the loan.

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Education collections outside Oxford

Oxford Brookes University has a collection to support teacher training and educational research on their Harcourt Hill site in Botley. Their collections are particularly valuable for topics such as early years, primary and special education. They will permit you reference access. 

The Institute of Education in London aims to collect all material published on education in this country, and their catalogue is an excellent search tool.

The British Library is one of the largest research institutions in the world. You can search their collections using their Integrated Catalogue.

You can search other major UK and Irish university and research libraries through COPAC

If you wish to borrow material from another university, we may be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan.

Inter-library Loans

Can't find it in Oxford?

The Inter-library loan (ILL) service exists to provide access to material not held by the University.  Before you submit a request to us, it is important to check that the material is not held anywhere in Oxford.
You can submit your requests to us by email, using this form. Alternatively, forms are available from the library enquiry desk.

Who can use the Inter-library Loan Service and what does it cost?

Loans from other UK universities

For staff, research and MSc students in the Department of Education, there is no charge for the service.  PGCE students and all other members of the University are welcome to use the service at a subsidised rate of £4.75 per request. Non-members of the University have to pay the full unsubsidised cost.

Loans from abroad

There is no standard fee for loans from abroad and everyone must pay the full cost.  As a rough guide, you can expect to pay £7 for a journal article and £14 for the loan of a book.

How long does it take to receive an item on Inter-library Loan?

Most requests are sent to us by the British Library. We usually receive journal articles or chapters within 5 working days, and physical loans within 1-2 weeks. If the British Library cannot supply the item, your request will be passed on to other libraries until we find one that can, so always factor in some waiting time when applying for an inter-library loan.

If your request has to come from abroad, allow about a month in which to receive it.

We will email you with updates on the status of your request.

For more information please see the Bodleian Libraries' inter-library loans pages or email us with your queries.

Submitting a request

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If you have any questions which are not answered by this guide, please email