Ordering books

How do I order a book that is not on a reading list?

  • Check FindIt@Bham for existing copies.
  • Use sites such as Amazon for details, e.g. ISBN, new editions.
  • E-mail or post details to your library representative to authorise purchase and submit the order. We accept information cut and pasted from Amazon or publisher websites.
  • If you are a taught student (UG or PG), please use MoreBooks@Bham to request the purchase of a book.
  • If you are a research student, please either speak to your supervisor or use Morebooks@Bham to request the purchase of a book
  • Books on resource lists will be ordered automatically if you press the Review button in Resourcelists@bham.ac.uk or if a new list is created by the Library Acquisitions team. You no longer need to submit orders for resource lists separately.
  • Orders for books not on resource lists should be sent to your library rep who will submit them to Library Acquisitions.

Details required (where possible)

  • Author/ title
  • ISBN
  • Publisher and year of publication (for specific editions)
  • Which library (Main, Barnes, Barber Fine Art (Ref only), OLRC)
  • Loan category: you no longer need to indicate this. We use dynamic loans, where loan periods vary automatically based on demand.
  • Information about you: (e.g. staff/student, programme of study (if appropriate), School/Dept)
  • Confirm that you have checked FindIt and the book is not already available in the library.
  • In line with Library Services' e-first policy: if an ebook is available and cost-effective it will be purchased in preference to a print copy.

Further advice for library representatives

Contact the Library Engagement Team.  

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