Top tips

Use the Refine/Filter tools in Library Search and select ‘Books’ to exclude irrelevant item types (journals, etc.)

The Library has an ever-growing collection of e-books, but we understand that sometimes the print book is more desirable.

We have a large collection of print books across our 7 campus libraries. To find out where a book is, you can search using Library Search for the title, author or subject area, depending on the information you have.

On the list of results look for the icon to the left of the record. If it is a book it will either say ‘Book’ or ‘E-Book’.

A book record will have the option to view ‘locations’ and from here you can find out where the book is kept, its shelf location number and whether it is available.

An e-book will have an option to ‘view online’ instead of a location.

If a book is on loan or only available at a different campus, you can ‘request’ the title, choosing where you would like to collect the book from; you will need to be logged into your Library Search account in order to request books.

Library Search provides the most direct access to online resources subscribed to by Library Services.

Finally, if the book isn’t held by Imperial at all, you can request it via our Document Delivery Service.