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Answered By: Ian Senior
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017     Views: 79

The British Library (BL) does not provide an inter-library loan service for theses. If you wish to obtain a UK doctoral thesis, you MUST check their Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS). As the item you wish to obtain may be available for immediate download, EThOS can provide instant, free access to requested material.  

An online ordering facility is in place on the EThOS website for theses held at participating institutions but which are not as yet available in digital format. Please be aware that British Library will charge you for ordering items not yet electronically available.

The dedicated British Library webpage for the EThOS service is http://ethos.bl.uk.

Universities participating in the EThOS scheme will not supply thesis material to other institutions but will advise that the item is available via the BL scheme.  


Are there occasions when I can order theses via the document delivery service?

A list of participating institutions can be found on the EThOS webpage. In the event that the holding university of a requested thesis is NOT part of the EThOS scheme, requests can then be submitted to us and the Document Delivery team will apply directly to the home institution in an effort to obtain the item. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to satisfy such requests as the holding institution may decline to loan.

For University of Salford requests for theses from overseas institutions, The Library's Document Delivery team will endeavour to obtain such items by applying direct to the holding university. Similarly, we may try to obtain North American material via ProQuest. Again, we cannot guarantee the success of such requests and depending on charges levied by supplying institutions, you may be asked to contribute to the cost of acquiring the requested material.

If you wish to request a Master's thesis, we can contact the holding university to establish if they will loan the item to us. We cannot guarantee that we will be successful and the item will be for reference only and not for home loan.