Resource requests allow us to borrow books or receive copies of articles or chapters from other institutions and organisations around the UK. If the library doesn’t own a book or article you would like to use the we will try and source it for you.
When using research databases you may find references to materials which we do not hold at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College Library. When this happens you should work through the following list of suggestions:
It is important that you develop all of these skills as part of your academic journey - and they can, of course, help you in your future studies and careers.
If you still need the item you have found, you can request it through our Resource Request service.
All students can request materials not held in the College Library through an Inter-Library loan. These can be obtained very quickly via our on-line link to the British Library and other Libraries. This facility gives you access to most texts published in Britain. The following allowances per customer type have been set however these allowances may be exceeded if you wish to pay personally.
Level 4 students – not eligible to request items unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you believe there are exceptional circumstances please confirm with your tutor and ask them to countersign your request (this is free of charge for up to 5 requests).
Level 6 (dissertation) students – 10 requests free of charge
Taught postgraduate – 10 requests free of charge
If you wish to request an item through this service please click here and fill in the appropriate form.
Please note that on receipt of the Interlibrary Loan, you are responsible and liable for any costs incurred by renewal or loss of the item. Should you lose the loaned item you will be invoiced for the full cost plus administration charges.
The request will be be processed within 48 and delivery of the resource is estimated to take around 7 working days if the item is readily available.
Inter library resource requests can be requested by students free of charge according to your level of study (see front page). Any additional requests will be charged at the full amount of £10.42 per article and £15.65 per book loan, (the full cost to obtain resources from the British Library).
Should you wish to renew a book you will be charged £5.00.
For more information and to place a request please ask at the library counter. Payment will be required on collection of the book.
If you wish to renew an item please try and let us know at least a week prior to the due date. You can call, e-mail or come and see us in person at the Library helpdesk.
The cost of a renewal is £5.00 for an additional five weeks and this will be charged once we have confirmation the renewal has been successful.
We can’t guarantee that we will always be able to renew an item as sometimes it may have been requested by another library.
We will inform you if we are unable to renew an item and you will be expected to return the item on time.
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