Can't find what you need in our collection? If a book or journal article you need for your research isn't held by LSBU we can request it for you from the British Library or another UK library as an inter-library loan.
Final year undergraduates can make 10 requests. Taught postgraduates can make 20 per year.
If you are a first or second year undergraduate you can only submit requests if your tutor confirms in writing that the material is necessary for your studies.
The loans are not counted as part of your standard loan allowance.
The Information Skills Librarian can help you decide if you need to make an inter-library loan request. You may find the resources you need are already available at LSBU if you know where to look.
Please go to the Help Desk with the book or journal article details to complete a form.
We cannot provide more than one article from a single journal issue, or a scan of more than one chapter of a book. Please do not request the same item more than once.
The British Library's EThOS scheme provides access to more than 250,000 theses from UK universities.
How it works:
When theses must be digitised there is sometimes a fee:
If LSBU doesn't have the book or journal you need you can use the New Library Hub Discover to search the merged catalogues of over 110 major UK academic and specialist libraries including the UK's National Libraries (like the British Library). More libraries are due to add their catalogues in the next few months. Library Hub Discover covers both books and journals (and replaces the previous COPAC and SUNCAT services.
If LSBU doesn't hold the book you want it might be available at another academic library in the London area.
You can use Search 25 to search the catalogues of nearly 60 academic libraries, specialist collections, and world renowned institutions in London and the South East at the same time.
The British Library is the UK's largest library with over 150 million items in most known languages.
It is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland.
Most of it's items are kept in closed storage - you'll need to request them and then use them in the British Library's reading rooms.
BL reader passes are free but you will need to give details of the material you wish to consult. You will also need to show personal identification and proof of address.
You can find full registration information on the British Library's website.
Search the British Library Catalogue.