Request resources from beyond our Library collection

Eligible staff and students may request copies of books, articles, book chapters, theses and other resources if the Library does not hold a copy.

The Library’s interlibrary loan service is operating a limited loan service for physical items at present as many of our Australian and international partners are not accepting requests for loans.

Who is eligible?

Macquarie University and Macquarie University Hospital staff and postgraduate students (including honours students in honours year) are eligible to request interlibrary loans.

Make an interlibrary loan request

  1. Log in to MultiSearch.
  2. Search to see if the Library already holds the required item.
  3. If it is not held by Macquarie, use the ‘Expand beyond library collections’ link, and search again to see if the item appears.
  4. When you have found what you are looking for, check to see if any ‘Get it for me’ options have appeared.
  5. Use the ‘Get it for me’ options to request your interlibrary loan.
  6. You will receive an email when the requested item is available. Physical items can be collected from the collection point on level 2 of the Library. Chapters and articles will be sent as an email attachment or download link.
  • Delivery times are dependent on accuracy of details provided and availability of the lending institutions and publishers.
  • Requested journal articles and book chapters may be delivered within 24 hours depending on availability.
  • Loan periods vary according to the lending institution.
  • All loans must be returned to Macquarie University Library.
  • If you wish to renew an interlibrary loan submit an enquiry at least three working days before the item is due and we will contact the lending institution to request a renewal. Note: some lending institutions do not permit renewals of their items.

We supply loans and copies of material to Australian and overseas libraries in accordance with the Australian Copyright Act (1968) and its amendments. Our policies are found in the ILRS directory – search for ‘NMQU’.

We normally supply requests placed through Rapido, Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD) and OCLC Worldshare.

For assistance, contact

Australian libraries

Place requests using LADD or contact us (as above).

Payment using the Libraries Australia payment system is preferred. Payment by credit card or EFT will be accepted.

Overseas libraries

Place requests using OCLC WorldShare or contact us (as above).

Our costings are found in the OCLC Policies Directory – search for ‘ATNMQ’, and ILRS directory – search for ‘NMQU’.

Payment may be made with IFLA vouchers, credit card and OCLC’s IFM.


Macquarie Theses are not for loan. Libraries can purchase a copy. Contact us on for a quote (including postage cost) before placing a request.

Requests should be placed through Rapido, LADD or OCLC WorldShare. Alternatively, if this is not possible, an email request can be placed via

An electronic copy will be made available, with the author’s permission, or an unbound copy will be posted to you.

Note: this service takes four to six weeks excluding delivery time.

Under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968, as amended, we are limited to sending only one chapter or 10 per cent of a book. Journals are less restricted, allowing us to send multiple articles from single journal issues. Supply of items not held by the Library must be for teaching and/or research purposes.

Contact us

Other libraries

Interlibrary Loan Service
Library, 16 Macquarie Walk
Macquarie University
NSW 2109 Australia


Macquarie staff and students

Use our online form if you have a question about your interlibrary loan request.

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Last updated: 30 Jun 2022