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Interlibrary loan

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a borrowing and lending service among Italian and foreign libraries in order to obtain books that are not available in the collection of the IMT Library.

The service is also addressed to libraries of other institutions.

Institutional users

Book requests must be sent via email to, providing accurate and complete bibliographic data. 

It is possible to borrow up to a maximum of 3 books at a time. IMT library won’t ask for items that are owned by other public libraries in Lucca.

The average time for requested materials is 10 days. Some documents may take longer; if you do not receive notification within 20 days, please contact the Library.

When the item arrives, we will notify you by e-mail.

The loan period is usually about 20 days. Renewals must be requested by email sent to within the expiring date (you can find it in the receipt inside the book or in the MyDiscovery area in the catalogue). 

If the subject of interest is a recently published book and the latter is believed to also be useful to other users, it is possible to present a purchase proposal rather than an interlibrary loan request.

For further informations read our ILL &DD service guide.

The service is provided free of charge.



Libraries can make requests by e-mail (

The loan period is 4 weeks from the receiving date.

Books must be returned via registered mail.

The service is free of charge for Italian libraries. For foreign libraries the fee is 1+1/2 IFLA.


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