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Acquiring Library resources (students)

The Library acquires over 38,000 new items each year and these are ordered, catalogued and processed by the Content, Collections and Discovery division of the Library. We aim to deliver newly purchased material to the shelves using the most cost-effective and efficient means. The following questions are intended to give responses to general queries but if you have any specific questions please contact us at

How can I recommend material for purchase if I am not a member of academic staff?

We operate a Order a book scheme whereby if we don’t have the book in stock when you need it, we’ll buy a brand new one.

This offer has a fixed budget and therefore only runs at specific times during the year.

To see if the scheme is live and for further information please visit the 'Order a book' web page:

You can also submit a request to the Book Purchasing Team at any time of the year, who will consider your request.

The book or article that I need is not held in the Library. What can I do?

  • You should contact the Inter-Library Loans service and make a request for the item to be obtained from another Library
  • The team aim to process the requests immediately, although during very busy periods there may be a delay of a day or two. Books are generally supplied within 7 to 10 days of the item being requested and journal articles usually arrive within 5 days, often sooner.
  • As the service is dependant upon the co-operation of the supplier and the availability of the item, delays may occur in some cases.