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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 as an inter-library loan you can request it using the instructions detailed in the helpsheet below.

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.

Things to note:

  • We do not accept requests from students who owe more than £10 in library fines.
  • We cannot accept requests for material we already stock. Please check the library catalogue first. If items are out on loan, you can place a hold on them and receive the first available copy.
  • The loans are not counted as part of your standard loan allowance.

If you have any questions on inter-library loans please contact the team on

British Library Online Thesis DatabaseImage of the EThOS e-theses online service logo.

The British Library's EThOS scheme provides access to more than 250,000 theses from UK universities.  

How it works:

  • After registering on the EThOS website you can search the database for UK theses.
  • Many theses are available for instant, free, digital download. You can also request a copy on paper or disc but there is a charge for this.
  • If you are the first person to request a thesis you will need to wait for it to be digitised. This normally takes around 30 days. The British Library will email you when it is ready. 

When theses must be digitised there is sometimes a fee:

  • If you are a postgraduate MPhil or PhD researcher then you can submit an inter-library loan request to us. We will ask EThOS for the thesis, pay the fee, and let you know when it's ready.
  • If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student then you will have to pay the fee to EThOS.

EThOS Online Service