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.

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.