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Library reservations and requests

You can reserve library items for up to 7 days.

Published on: 14 December 2020

Last updated: 4 February 2021

You may reserve any item listed on our library catalogue that we share with Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham libraries.

There is a non-refundable administration charge for this service, see our library fees and charges for details. If the item is available for loan, the item requested will be reserved for you straight away and you will be notified when it is available for collection. If the item is unavailable for loan (for example it is on loan to another borrower) you will be notified as soon as the item has become available for collection.

Reserved items will be held for collection for up to 7 days.

If we are unable to satisfy your reservation after 90 days, it will be automatically cancelled.

If the item you want is not in our library catalogue, you can request it. We may be able to purchase a copy if it meets our requests purchasing criteria and is available from our contracted library supplier. If neither of these apply, we can try to obtain it from the British Library. There is a supplementary charge of £14 for this service and you'll need to inform library staff that you're willing to pay the additional charge.

Please check your account for updates about your request.