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Politics: Other Libraries

Using Other Libraries

To access material not held or subscribed to at Middlesex University you may use the following:

SCONUL Access Scheme

The SCONUL Access scheme provides access to a number of Higher Education Institution Libraries in the UK. Information on the scheme is available at

Apply at the library enquiry desk to register for a Sconul Access card.

Inter Library Loans

You may order items not available in print or electronic form at Middlesex University using the Inter Library Loans Service. There is a charge of £3 per request. You need to complete an Inter library Loan form for the item required and pay at the library enquiry desk, or submit the request using the online form on the website. More information is available at our Inter-Library Loans page

British Library Reading Rooms

You may apply to use the reading rooms at the British Library at St Pancras. Prior to your visit you must conduct a literature search and have investigated other methods of accessing items.

Application forms are available from The British Library Website at

The British Library Public Catalogue is at 


Theses from Other Institutions

The British Library is no longer supplying theses for loan in microfilm format and will in future provide them in digitised format via their Electronic Theses Online Service EThOS.

Where theses have already been digitised they are available as a (usually) free download, thus doing away with the need for an Inter-library loan request.

Searching involves a very quick registration process available at

If the thesis you require is not yet digitised, you can order it directly (but with demand for digitisation so high at the moment, you may have to wait for a couple of months).

If you need to consult a thesis urgently, please let us know and we will contact the relevant University and ask if they are willing/able to lend the hard copy to us. However, if that copy is in the backlog at the British Library awaiting digitisation, there is very little that we will be able to do.

Please see the EThOS FAQ's page for further information.