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Interlibrary Loans

If the user does not find necessary material in VU Library collections he/she may order publications or copies of articles from other Lithuanian libraries or libraries abroad. This is a paid service and at the request of the sending library, shipping costs and copying service fees are to be paid by the user.

Book order form

Price list

Ways of payment

Frequently asked questions


Book ordering

  • After submitting your request for a particular book, the librarian will contact you through e-mail and will provide you with information on the price of the service and lending possibilities;
  • Due date to return the book will be given by the sending library. Usually the loan period is one month;
  • Encyclopaedias, manuals, dictionaries etc. cannot be borrowed
  • Periodicals cannot be borrowed. Users can order copies of articles.


To order a book or copy of article, please fill in the following form

Users                                                      Libraries

Book order form                                      Book order form

Article order form                                    Article order form

Books received via interlibrary loan are to be read only in Vilnius University Library reading rooms. They cannot be borrowed.



Formula to calculate the price: administration fee + postage costs + book lending/article copying


Borrowing from other libraries

Lending to other libraries





Administration fee



Sending and returning from other libraries

Current postage rates

Lending a book

Set by the lending library

Set by the lending library. Usually €8 per book

€4–24 (depends on the rarity of the document)

One IFLA voucher

Copying of an article

Set by the lending library

Set by the lending library, Usually €4 per article

€0.43 per page

Half of IFLA voucher

Due date extension

Set by the lending library

Free of charge

Fine for delay

€0.09 per day

Fine for a lost or damaged book in cases when there is no possibility to buy a replacement

Depends on the market price of the lost book


* Copies of articles ordered from other foreign and Lithuanian libraries and information agencies are to be paid according to the invoices.

For the borrowed books from other foreign and Lithuanian libraries users have to pay according to the invoice presented by the lending library, plus the costs for book ordering and returning (in accordance with the current postage rates of the Republic of Lithuania).

Ways of payment

For the Interlibrary loan services users can pay in cash or by debit or credit card at the Information Desk (Universiteto g. 3, 1st floor).


How long does it take to deliver a book from a foreign library?
Delivery of a book may take anywhere from one week to one month.

How long does it take to deliver an article?
An article from SUBITO document delivery service will be delivered in 1 to 3 working days. The delivery from other libraries may take anywhere from one week to one month.

How much does one usually pay for a book when ordering it from foreign libraries (including postage)?
Generally, the price – including the lending fee and postage – may reach up to €14.16.

Do libraries always require payment for services provided?
Not always; in those cases one will be charged for postage only.

How much does it cost to order books to the Kaunas Faculty of Humanities library?
Books are delivered to the library of the Faculty of Humanities in Kaunas free of additional charges. For further information please contact the Information Desk.


Interlibrary Loan (Lithuania):
Senior Librarian Joana Bartkevičienė
Philology Reading Room
Universiteto g. 3, LT-01122 Vilnius
Phone: (+370 5) 2 68 7109
Fax: (+370 5) 2 68 7104

International Interlibrary Loan:
Librarian Rita Gruodytė
Philology Reading Room
Universiteto g. 3, LT-01122 Vilnius
Phone: (+370 5) 2 68 7109