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Request a library item

Request a library item

If you're looking for something that isn't in your library, we'll try and find it for you. You can reserve items that we have in stock. They will be sent to your local library for you to collect. This is free and we'll notify you by email when available.

You'll need your library card and PIN to check the online catalogue and reserve items. If you're not a member, you'll need to join a library to get a library card and PIN.

If we don't have a copy in stock we'll try and get one. You can do this by completing our online form, email or ask in your local library.

There is a charge for requesting items that are not in stock.

What you can order

Books and Audiobooks

• Fiction
• Non-fiction
• Theses
• Conference proceedings
• 'Grey' literature


• Whole volumes
• Photocopies of an individual article for you to buy and keep


• Single scores
• Performing sets for choirs and orchestras


• Single copies of plays
• Sets for performance

Urgent requests

If you need an item urgently, you can request any book which has been published for at least three months. We'll deal with your request immediately. Please note, depending on availability, it may still take several weeks to locate the item as we rely on other sources. This is a premium rate service, please check our library charges.