Using our services

Document Supply

Can't Find It?

If the Library does not have the book, journal, article, conference paper or thesis you are looking for and you are staff, a postgraduate research or a postgraduate taught student you may make a document supply request. If you are an undergraduate we first need authorisation, via email, from your tutor or dissertation supervisor before you make your request. 

Our Service

Often referred to as inter library loan or resource sharing our document supply service is part of a network of libraries and institutions in the UK and around the world that reciprocally share their books and journals to support education and research. This enables the Library to request books and journals we do not own or license online.

We can supply book chapters, journal articles, theses or conference papers digitally to your University email address for your own personal use. Chapter and article requests are limited to one item per book or journal due to copyright law and you are required to agree to the copyright declaration when making a request. Whole books currently cannot be borrowed digitally due to licensing restrictions.

We can borrow on your behalf whole books and journals for loan. These can be collected from the Information Hub in the David Wilson Library and are issued to your Library account for the loan period specified by the lending library. These are subject to recall, but also may be renewed on request. Some physical items may be reference only and can only be consulted in the Library.

We cannot post out books borrowed from other libraries, even to our distance learners.

Make a Request

1. To access our document supply service go to Library Search and Login. Select CAN'T FIND IT?

Library Search showing Can't Find It

2. Complete the form with the details of the item you need, ensuring you provide as much detail as possible, including an ISBN or ISSN will help us identify what you want and enable us to get it more quickly.

3. The request form will then check against the catalogue and if we don't have access to it will submit a document supply request once the copyright declaration is agreed. 

4. Journal articles and chapters will be delivered to you digitally. You will receive a notification to collect a book from the Library when it is here.

Example of an ISBN

Screenshot of a book showing an ISBN

Example of an ISSN

Screenshot of a journal showing an ISSN

Copyright Declaration

For the purposes of UK copyright law, where we are supplying resources electronically or making a physical copy on your behalf, we require your confirmation that you have read and understood the following statement: 

I require this item for the purpose of non-commercial research or private study, will only use it for that purpose, and will not supply a copy to any other person.

I have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same material by you or any other librarian. 

I have not previously been supplied with material from the same publication by you or any other librarian. 

To the best of my knowledge, no other person with whom I work or study has made, or intends to make, at or about the same time as this request a request for substantially the same material for the same purpose. 

I will not request more than one chapter or 10% of a book, or more than one article from any journal issue. 

I understand that, if this declaration is false in a material particular, the copy supplied to me by you will be an infringing copy, and that I shall be liable for infringement of copyright, as if I had made a copy myself. 

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