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Order an Article

Need an article for your studies? Order it here.

This is the Order an Article service for students.

Order articles for your studies

If the Library doesn’t hold a copy of the article that you need, complete this order form and we will get it for you.

If you want to recommend that the Library take out a new subscription to a journal or database, please contact your supervisor or course leader.

Before ordering an article

Please note that you are unable to order material that we already hold. Check Library Search before ordering.

We are unable to secure articles that are published online ahead of print.

Charges and payment

Administration charge

There is a non-refundable administration charge for each request supplied:

  • University of Manchester students and postgraduates - £2
  • Graduate members with full borrowing rights - £9


  • If you’re an undergraduate student, you can pay online at
  • You can pay with a voucher if you have been given one by your Faculty or School.
  • You can pay in person at the Customer Services Desk in the Main Library.

How long will it take?

  • Usually, journal articles are supplied within 7 days. Some items may take longer.
  • You will receive an email to your University email address when your request arrives.
  • To check the progress of your requests, please contact us at or on 0161 275 3741 and provide your Library ID number.
  • If we are unable to fulfil your request, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Collecting your article

  • Whenever possible, articles will be delivered to you electronically via your University email address.
  • To access a British Library article, you must register for a British Library On Demand Account. You’ll have 30 days to access it and print one copy. Find out more on the British Library Website.
  • If an article is supplied as a photocopy, we’ll ask for your address and post it to you.

Can't access the online form?

If you can't access the online form, complete this form and submit it at the Customer Services Desk at the Main Library: Journal/Conference/Report request form.

Online form - Order an Article