Q. What happens if an item on my reading list that I need for my teaching is unavailable to purchase electronically?


Unfortunately not everything that is requested will be available for purchase. With books this is most likely to be either because the publishers have not made the book available electronically, or because the ebook is only available as part of a package that we don’t subscribe to, or is only available on an unsustainable and unaffordable pricing model. Please note that a Kindle version being advertised on Amazon does not mean that a library-licensed ebook is available.  

If an item on your list is unavailable to purchase electronically, then the next things to consider are:  

  • Whether an alternative resource exists. Ideally this would be part of our existing electronic collections, but we can purchase alternative resources where they are available, and on sustainable licenses 
  • Whether you could request a digitisation of a section of the book. Normally you can request up to 10%, or one chapter, whichever is greater. Please refer to our digitisation FAQ for more information.  
  • If neither of these is appropriate, then we would ask that you remove the item from your reading list.  

We understand that this situation is far from ideal, and we ask that you are able to make compromises in the material that is requested for the next academic year so that we can do our best to deliver it.  


  • Last Updated Aug 03, 2020
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  • Answered By Theo Stubbs

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