How do I find the ISSN, ISBN or OCLC number to request an Inter-Library Loan?

In order to make sure you're requesting the correct Inter-Library Loan (ILL) item, our form asks for an ISSN or ISBN.



An ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an 8 digit code given to journals and other periodicals. 

An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 10 or 13 digit code given to books.

You can usually find these codes on the publisher's website or on a library catalogue's record for the item (for example on Jisc LibraryHub Discover or WorldCat).

If you are unable to find the ISSN or ISBN, you may need to use the OCLC number instead. This should be available on WorldCat.

Please get in touch if you are unable to find any of these and we will do our best to help.

  • Last Updated Aug 15, 2022
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  • Answered By Emma Burnett

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