External Libraries


SMU Libraries lend and supply copies of resources from our collection to libraries in Singapore and overseas. Libraries seeking ILL arrangement with SMU will need to have an account with the library. Please complete the account request form and email it to library@smu.edu.sg.

Please send your requests to library@smu.edu.sg. ILL requests are processed Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm.

  • Electronic items are delivered by email.
  • Book loans are delivered via courier to the requesting library.

As part of the reciprocal nature of Interlibrary Loan we share resources with local and international libraries. We lend library to library only. Individuals who would like to request an item from SMU Libraries should contact their institution or public library to place a request.

  • Books from the Reserves collection
  • Books from the Special collections
  • Journal issues, magazines, newspapers
  • Theses
  • Audio-visual materials
  Article cost Delivery time Loan Cost Loan duration Renewal 
Singapore Libraries S$15 for first 10 pages, S$2 for every subsequent 10 pages   By email (within 5 working days)  S$10 per book (requesting library arranges their own collection)  3 weeks (including weekends and public holidays)  Once 
International Libraries S$15 for first 10 pages, S$2 for every subsequent 10 pages   By email (within 5 working days) 2 IFLA vouchers or S$30 plus courier fees  6 weeks (including weekends and public holidays  Subject to Approval 

There will be a 9% Goods and Service Tax charged to the cost for Singapore libraries. 

Late returns will incur overdue fines at S$1 per day.  

The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials from the time they leave SMU Libraries’ premises until they have been returned and received by SMU Libraries. If damage or loss occurs, the requesting library is responsible for compensation or replacement.  Applicable charges will be advised by SMU Libraries. 

SMU Libraries
+65 6828 0355