Frequently asked questions
Suggesting a book for purchase
We welcome recommendations for new book purchases. Please complete a book suggestion form for each book, including as many details as you can.
How can I suggest a book?
Complete a book suggestion form for each title, entering as many details as you can.
Who can suggest a book?
All Imperial students, researchers and staff are able to suggest a book for purchase, including NHS staff.
How many suggestions can I make?
You may suggest as many titles as you would like, however Library Services has a limited budget.
Will Library Services purchase every book I suggest?
All suggestions are considered for purchase.
If your suggestion is ineligible we will inform you via email.
In some cases, Document Delivery may be a more appropriate option.
How long will it take for the book to arrive?
Our estimated delivery schedule is:
- E-books: 1-3 days
- Print books: up to 4 weeks
If you need a book urgently please contact the Document Delivery Service.
How will I know when the book is ready to borrow?
Library Services will contact you via email.
Can I suggest an e-book for purchase?
Yes, you can specify the material type when completing our book suggestion form.
If you select 'no preference' we will order the e-book if one is available.
Can I suggest purchasing more copies of a book which is on loan?
Yes. We will consider purchasing additional copies of titles which are in high demand.
You can also request a book which is on loan or at another campus.