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Document Supply

If we don't stock a journal or a book, we can request a copy of an article or a book loan from other libraries. 

Changes to Library Document Supply Service. March 2012
Following changes in the legal framework made at the request of publishers the British Library, one of the library document suppliers, has imposed new terms and conditions and additional costs for 2012.

Terms and conditions have changed for the application, copyright clearance and delivery of articles by the British Library. As a result each request made to the British Library on behalf of RCSI staff and students and healthcare professionals at Beaumont Hospital will be customized and quoted on a case by case basis.

Terms and conditions regarding articles sourced from our principal provider, Subito, are unchanged and prices remain under €14.

For further details on these changes or information on alternative suppliers contact:
Grainne McCabe, Mercer Library, 402 2409     or
Breffni Smith, RCSI Beaumont Hospital Library, 809 2545


To use the Document Supply Service
Please complete an application form for each item you wish to request. Application forms can be downloaded and printed (Mercer application form) (Beaumont application form) and are also available at the Library Service Desk. Copyright compliance requires that a copyright declaration be signed on each application.

This service is available to registered RCSI and Beamont Hospital staff and students.

Email enquiries or phone 402 2403 (Mercer Library) or 809 2531 (RCSI Beaumont Hospital Library)



- standard service: up to €14.00 per article, posted
- alternative service: price on request, minimum €24 

Book loans

€22 (plus postal charges)

Lost or damaged books

€228 (minimum charge)



Institutional Repositories
Authors may place a copy in their Insititution's collection of e-publications.  Try searching OpenDOAR, a collection of repositories

Publishers' websites
Most journal publishers provide pay-per-view access to individual articles. Cost vary according to publisher and payment is usually by credit card via the journal website.

Commercial Document Suppliers 
Other commercial document suppliers provide articles through large databases of online journals to individuals. Examples are the British Library Direct service and Ingenta. Delivery may be online or by fax but unit costs for such services tend to be high.