Interlibrary Loan (ILL) / Document Delivery

Borrowing from other libraries and document suppliers

Limited ILL Services (updated November 17, 2020)

Who can use ILL?
CEU Faculty, Staff, Students, Visiting Faculty, Visiting Researchers, and IAS Fellows for their work at CEU.

How can I submit an ILL request?
Use these online forms:

Getting materials on time

  • A minimum of 2-3 weeks should be allowed for print book availability.
  • Standard journal articles arrive within 1-5 workdays, but difficult to obtain materials can take longer.

What if I need a book/article urgently?
Indicate the urgency using the “Additional notes” field.

How do I know that the librarians got my request?
An acknowledging message appears on the screen upon submission (“Your request has been sent to the Library”).

Can I cancel my request?
Yes, if it has not yet been processed. Please send us an e-mail to

What if I am unable to submit my request on the online form?
Check your card/account at the Information Desk or send an email to

How can I borrow books from CEU-ELTE Medieval Library (Call number: “Medieval Lib”)? [Access currently suspended]
All CEU students, faculty, and staff can submit ILL requests through the links on this page. History/Medieval Department students may also borrow books directly from the CEU-ELTE Medieval Library. Books with status “ELTE USE ONLY” are not eligible for intercampus loan but can be used at the CEU-ELTE Medieval Library. Please note that the delivery may take 2-3 days.

How much time does it take to receive an ILL-request?
Delivery time depends on several factors. After the approval of the Department, it usually takes about 8-14 working days for print books and 1-5 working days for articles to arrive. Difficult to obtain items may take longer.

How will I know, that the requested ILL-material arrived?
You will receive an e-mail notification.

Do I always get the ILL-articles in electronic format?
In most cases, yes, otherwise we will supply you with a printout.

How long can I keep an ILL-book?
As a rule for two weeks but it may vary. Photocopies are yours to keep.

Is it possible to renew an ILL?
This depends on the lending Library. Many times it is not, but we can check for you. Please send us an e-mail to

What if I do not return an ILL on time?
You will receive an overdue notice. Please return materials on time. CEU Library needs to maintain good relationships with its partners. CEU Library risks overdue charges.

What if I lose an ILL-book?
Report the loss immediately to All fines on lost or damaged materials are payable by the borrower.


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