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How the Library manages requests for printed theses

Theses are not available for borrowing or inter library loan. The copyright of theses remains with the author.

Copies of theses may be provided to researchers in accordance with the law and in a manner that is common across UK libraries. Researchers can order a copy of the thesis through the Library’s Digital Content Unit. The law allows us to provide whole copies of theses to individuals as long as they sign a declaration saying that it is for non-commercial research or private study. This agreement is modelled on that used by other libraries; it is recommended by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and has been approved by the University's copyright lawyer.

The law does not allow us to provide a copy for inclusion in a general library collection or for wider distribution beyond the individual receiving the copy, without the explicit permission of the author or copyright holder. Where someone approaches us asking for a copy for their library or wider distribution, they must obtain the explicit permission of the author or copyright owner.

There is no restriction on format, so photocopies or digital copies (supplied in PDF format) can be provided. We are required by law to charge for production costs of this copy.

Please note any periods of access restriction requested by the author apply to both electronic and print copies.

How access to electronic copies of theses is managed

Theses that have been made available Open Access can be downloaded without any restrictions.

For electronic theses held in the repository with access restrictions, the metadata and abstract of a thesis (but not the full text) will be findable in the repository and readers will be able to request to view the digital version of a thesis through the repository’s ‘Request a Copy’ function. These requests are passed on to the author so they can choose to grant or refuse the request at their discretion.

Older digitised theses that were not uploaded by the author may also be requested but are subject to an administrative fee.