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Finding locations 

booksNational libraries:

The British Library - all online BL catalogues

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Wales

Union catalogues:

COPAC (national academic)

FAB libraries

Irish public libraries ("Borrow Books")

Search25 (London)

Discovery - includes the former 'Access to Archives' and National Archives

The National Archives integrated open-source catalogue

NWL ( North West Libraries Interlending Partnership)

Northern Ireland Libraries

OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)

UK Union catalog of Chinese books


Access to individual catalogues:
City of London libraries (includes the Barbican libraries)
UK Public Libraries on the web
University of Birmingham
University of Manchester
University of Sheffield

Public library consortia:
Libraries West
London Libraries Consortium
South East Library Management System 

NHS / Health library catalogues:

British Medical Association library
Cochrane library
Nursing Union lists of journals
Royal College of Surgeons library 
Shelcat  (Scottish Health Libraries Catalogue)
SHINE(Scottish Health Information Network)
South West Health Libraries Network
West Midlands Healthcare Libraries Network 

Music interlending:

Sheet musicBarbican Song Index

British Music Collection (at the University of Huddersfield)

Cecilia (IAML guide to music collections in UK & Ireland)

Concert programmes collections

Encore (sets of performance music in the UK)

Gerontius – contains database of vocal sets that choirs are willing to lend to each other

IAML music resources list (Int. Assoc. of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres)

International Music Score Library project

National Library of Scotland Music Resources page

Westminster Music Library

‘Back to basics: music interlending’

Very useful presentation given at the Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery's Interlend conference 2013 by Helen Bader, Assistant Librarian at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.You can download this presentation here:

Other places / catalogues:

British Film Institute

British Library for Developmental Studies

The Cathedral Library and Archives Association

FIL  (The Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery) - a wide variety of online catalogues

Google Scholar - Google's educational search engine

International interlending including WorldCat

Locating Fiction in English

 The Association of Independent Libraries catalogues

Theses - search EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

UKIRA - a gateway to UK library holdings in the humanities and social sciences relating to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

V & A - National Art Library

Speculative Requests via Mailing Lists:

There are numerous mailing lists which you can be subscribed to free of charge. You can pose questions to others working in ILL units, make announcements, request items as 'speculative requests' that you can't find through the usual routes or simply keep up to date.

A relevant site for ILL matters is Lis-ILL and the Forum for Interlending also operates a list at Lis-FIL

For music interlending, speculative requests / related enquiries can be posted on the IAML list, see:

There are also private lists for those who subscribe to certain services, such as UnityUK.