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Request a Resource

Get material the library doesn’t have

Suggest a resource to add to our collection

We encourage staff and students to enhance our collections by suggesting items for purchase.

For journal or database suggestions, please speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian. For book suggestions, please submit our purchase suggestion form.

If you would like to suggest a resource needed for one of your modules, please see our page for missing reading list items.


Note that whilst there are restrictions due to COVID-19 it will not be possible to acquire print material, only e-books. For the latest information please follow this link.

What happens next?

After submitting a purchase suggestion form, you can choose to receive a copy of your request to your Essex email address.

If an e-book is available from our suppliers, we'll aim to provide you with access within two weeks of your request. If we purchase a print book, we'll reserve the item for you and let you know when it arrives. Books which are in-print usually arrive within six to eight weeks of an order being placed by the Library.

Track my suggestion

If you would like to track the progress of your suggestion, you can email us at