Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary Loan (within Germany)

You can find and order stocks of the CATS library / South Asia department via the Heidelberg OPAC HEIDI and via the interlibrary loan portal of the SWB. You will be forwarded from national catalogues, such as the KVK or CrossAsia. Delivery is via your home library.

If there is no proof in a German library, the literature can be obtained from your home library via "International Interlibrary Loan". You are also very welcome to send us a purchase suggestion. We will check this and fulfill it if possible.


Document Delivery Service „Subito“

As part of the subito document delivery service, we deliver directly to your desk within Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. In order to be able to use this offer, you must first register with subito. Customers from other countries place their orders with their home library, which can then process them via the “subito Library Service”. Please note the subito information on different customer groups.

Articles and books published since 1900 can be ordered. Materials that, due to their format, their nature or their value, may only be used in the library rooms can be made available via conventional inter-library loan for use in the reading room of your university or city library.

The document delivery service subito is chargeable. With the order, the client undertakes to bear the costs according to the current price table and to observe the relevant copyright regulations.

For works in the public domain, i.e. titles whose authors died more than 70 years ago, digitization via our Digital Books by Request service is an alternative.


Blue Inter-Library Loan

The Blue Loan Service is a direct delivery service for members of South Asian academic university departments and scientific institutions who have signed a loan agreement with the CATS Library / South Asia Department. Materials in South Asian languages from stocks of the CATS library can be borrowed for an extended loan period via the blue loan system.

You can order the desired materials directly from the Heidelberg online catalog HEIDI.


Purchase Request

You couldn't find the book you were looking for in the inventory of the CATS Library / South Asia Department? Would you like to suggest a book that you urgently need for your research?


Do not hesitate to send us your purchase request (German) and we will try to obtain the title for you free of charge.