Interlibrary Loan

We are a service of the University and State Library Saxony-Anhalt (ULB) and we offer specialized literature many libraries do not hold.

You can borrow books or essays from us via interlibrary loan. This is a service handled between libraries. 1581 public and academic libraries take part in this exchange system in Germany (as of December 2016).


To order a work by interlibrary loan, you first have to contact a library in your area. Your local library will forward this order to the ULB. In general, the ordered media will be  available after about 1.5 to 2 weeks.

You can also order individual essays from books or magazines that we hold. Usually we scan an e-mail them to your library which will provide you a printout. (Due to copyright reasons, the scan cannot be distributed). This service takes only a few days.


Some libraries offer this service for free to their users. However, many charge a fee between 1.50 and 6.00 EUR per order – depending on the library.


Interlibrary loan is not possible for the following media:

  • E-Books
  • Audio and video materials (possible in some cases, please ask us)
  • Single sheet collections (copies of individual articles possible)
  • Older literature that is worth to be protected
  • Journal volumes of recent date
  • Large format newspaper volumes
  • Oversized works



Quicker, but at a much higher cost, you can get copies of magazines through the document delivery service “Subito”.

Digitisation Request

You can request titles to be digitized if their copyright has expired. This is an alternative for “older literature that is worth to be protected” because it cannot be borrowed.

Digital Collections

MENAdoc is the SIS’s open access repository that contains nearly 15,000 documents. They are freely available online and can be searched in full-text.

Furthermore, the SIS acquires digital licences to support the leading research in Germany. Therefore the “Al Manhal Islamic Studies E-Book Collection” is available for 31 selected institutions.