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Interlibrary Lending Department

General information

Local Lending Department is situated on level 1 in the Library building Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.

Address for correspondence:
Wroclaw University Library
Circulation Department
Interlibrary Lending Department
Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.
50-383 Wroclaw
phone: +48 71 375 76 00, +48 71 375 76 02

Opening hours:

September - July
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Interlibrary Lending Department
is closed

Rules and conditions of interlibrary loans are determined in Rules of collection circulation in the Wroclaw University Library, in chapter – interlibrary loans.

Lending of WUL’s collections to domestic and foreign libraries

  1. Interlibrary Lending Department is lending materials from Wroclaw University Library and departmental libraries of UoW via following libraries:

    • scientific: domestic and foreign,

    • central government bodies and public administration,

    • provincial and city public libraries,

    • pedagogical provincial and city libraries,

    • district and communal public and pedagogical libraries.

  2. Following materials are excluded from interlibrary lendings:

    • special collections,

    • encyclopedic publications, dictionaries, bibliographic publications and other information sources,

    • rare items, items hard to obtain,

    • items in bad physical condition,

    • items from reference collections of reading room and other departments,

    • journals and newspapers,

    • electronic documents,

    • library’s materials published in large formats.

  3. Basic rules regarding interlibrary loans:

    • ordering materials from WUL can be done via electronic forms, order slips, e-mails as well as on traditional order slips with stamp of ordering library and signature of person authorized to interlibrary loans,

    • unrealized one-time order slips are send back to ordering library with annotation about cause of failure in realization,

    • unrealized circular order slips are sent to other libraries.

  4. Interlibrary Lending Department is lending WUL’s and departmental libraries’ materials to domestic and foreign libraries for a period of one month (excluding time required for delivery).

  5. In well founded cases Interlibrary Lending Department can determine other period of lending.

  6. Materials lend from WUL’s collections can only be access locally in reading rooms of ordering libraries. Libraries are obliged to provide full protection of borrowed materials, return them on given date and are materially responsible for their loss or damage. The lending account of library that hasn’t return materials on given date is blocked and remainder is sent to it. If the library still doesn’t return books, sanctions that are determined in Rules of collection circulation in Wroclaw University Library in chapter - interlibrary loans, are being applied.

  7. Interlibrary Lending Department is not fulfilling orders for paid copies from libraries for which the invoice is issued. Orders of that kind shall be sent to:

    Wroclaw University Library
    Scientific Information Department
    Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.
    50-383 Wroclaw
    phone: +48 71 375 75 98

Bringing and circulating of collections from domestic and foreign libraries

  1. Who can use WUL’s Interlibrary Lending Department.

    Wroclaw University Library offers possibility to use the collections of domestic and foreign libraries for research purposes via interlibrary loans for:

    • academic teachers and other employees of University of Wrocław,
    • postgraduates of University of Wrocław,
    • students of University of Wrocław.
  2. Wroclaw University Library is bringing library’s materials, mainly corresponding to the range of disciplines represented at the University of Wrocław that are lacking in other Wroclaw’s libraries. Materials acquired in this way are available only locally in the Main Reading Room of WUL.

  3. 3. Interlibrary loans from domestic libraries are free of charge. Fee for bringing materials from foreign libraries is charged accordingly to the Pricelist of Interlibrary Lending Department or accordingly to invoice presented by the lending library.

  4. 4. Basis for ordering materials via the Interlibrary Lending Department is valid library account and confirmation that there is a lack of searched item in libraries of Wrocław - while sending order to domestic libraries and in all scientific domestic libraries - while sending order to foreign libraries. User can localize searched materials in Scientific Information Department of Wroclaw University Library.

  5. Bringing paid reproductions of materials (photocopies, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) from domestic libraries charge users. Costs of copies made by domestic libraries instead of sending originals also charge users, even if they weren’t ordered.

  6. Users, when submitting orders to Interlibrary Lending Department, are filling and signing proper statement in which they oblige themselves to cover the costs associated with the realization of their orders.


  1. Wroclaw University Library mediates in ordering articles from foreign periodicals as a part of SUBITO service. Service can be used by employees, postgraduates and students of University of Wrocław that have valid library account. Use of SUBITO service is paid.

    Attention: SUBITO does not provide on-line access to tables of contents or text of articles from journals.

  2. SUBITO service is database that offers access to circa one million of scientific periodicals from various disciplines. It is created by German, Austrian and Swiss libraries. More information on web page of service:

  3. How to place an order.

    • User places an order personally in WUL’s Interlibrary Lending Department (level 1, on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.), by phone: +48 71 375 76 00, +48 71 375 76 02 or via proper electronic form.

    • Order has to consist of detailed bibliographical description of article:

      • name/-s and surname/-s of author/-s,

      • title of the article,

      • title of the periodical,

      • year of publication, volume number, issue number, ISSN,

      • pages.

        Attention: The lack of any element of bibliographic description makes the order invalid and it will be rejected by the system.

    • Ordering persons have to sign statement in which they oblige themselves to cover the costs associated with the realization of their orders (form available in Interlibrary Lending Department). Additionally, in statement the information has to be given from which budgetary resources costs will be covered.

  4. Realization of order

    • Ordered article is delivered in PDF format to e-mail address of Interlibrary Lending Department.

    • User can receive article directly to his or hers e-mail in attachment, in that case he or she is obliged to notify Interlibrary Lending Department of receiving ordered copy.

    • It is also possible to make printout of ordered article. Cost of one page is 0,50 PLN.

  5. Time of realization

    • The electronic file: up to 72 hours.

    • Post (traditional) - about 2 weeks.

  6. Costs of ordering a publication

    • The cost of bringing one document in the electronic version is charged in accordance to the current SUBITO service pricelist.

      Attention: price in EURO is converted into PLN according to the current NBP’s table of average exchange rate available on the website of the Polish National Bank: The average cost of the ordering of the article numbering up to 20 pages is 40-60 PLN. SUBITO Head Office sends bills to the Interlibrary Lending Department within one month from the time of the realization of order. All accrued expenses are covered by the user from financial resources stated during ordering, e.g.: cash, from founds on one’s own research, from budget of the institute or grant.