The Central Library Store holds Imperial College London PhD theses and some Master's dissertations, Central Library Journals, the Earth Science and Engineering Series and our Special collections.


To confirm availability of printed journal titles and volumes physically held by the Library, please use Library Search.

If a print journal volume you require is not held in our print or electronic collections, or is held at a different campus library from where you are based, you may request the article using the Document Delivery.

If you are based at the Central Library, please use the ‘Request a Journal’ form below for journals listed in Library Search as ‘Apply for Store service (information hub)’.


Before requesting a thesis please check whether an electronic copy is available in the Spiral Repository. Spiral can be searched by anyone, however theses submitted for examination before July 2007 are restricted to Imperial College London members - log in with your College username and password to download a copy.

If a thesis is not available in Spiral you can:

  1. Visit the Central Library to consult it - complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit
  2. Place a Document Delivery request for a digital copy of the thesis. The time scale for digitisation is currently 2 weeks.

Earth Science and Engineering (ESE) Series

During the Central Library Building Project the ESE Series is being held in the store. Please use the 'Request a journal' form below to request items from the ESE Series. Books about earth science and engineering remain on the open shelves.

Special collections

For information on how to access our special collections, see Special collections.

Store Service collection times

You may request a maximum of 4 items at any one time.

Monday - Friday
Requests are collected at 11.00 and 16.00 and will usually be available by either 12.00 or 17.00 respectively. Requests made after 16.00 on Friday will be collected at 11.00 on Monday and will usually be available by 12.00.

Saturday - Sunday
There is no fetching service at the weekend. Requests made will be collected at 11.00 on Monday and will usually be available by 12.00.