Answered On Last Updated: Sep 02, 2020

What do I do if there isn't a digital copy of a book I want?

The Library building is now open for Roehampton students, alumni and staff. Please note, some of our services have been temporarily adjusted, please see our Library Building has now reopened FAQ page for up to date information.

If you have searched for a digital version of a book, chapter or journal and found it is unavailable, it is currently not possible for staff to access stock to create a digital version for you.

Therefore, we suggest you contact the relevant module convener or your Academic Guidance Tutor to get advice on a good alternative to the source that you were seeking.

The Academic Achievement Librarians may also provide you with some suggestions for finding alternative sources using UR Library Search, the library catalogue.

  • Search for other sources by the same author; they may have written other articles and books on the same subject
  • Use the Subject Headings for the book to find sources on the same topic
  • Check your Subject Resources page to see the list of temporarily available materials - some publishers are providing access to free ebooks. The page also lists databases and sources relevant to the subject, where you might search for alternatives

Discovering material beyond your reading list is an important skill at university, and it is generally beneficial to your studies to read as widely as possible.

If you would like any further help with finding an alternative source or further readings, please contact the AATeam via email or book into a 20 minute online tutorial.

Tips for using the UR Library Search to find alternative sources

Search by Author

When you search for an item with UR Library Search, select the author's name (see below in yellow) to find more resources by that author.

Author's names highlighted beneath item title on UR Library Search


Search by Subject

When you select a record and open up ‘View Description’, you will find Subject headings where you can find relevant materials for this subject area (see below in yellow).

Subject heading located under 'View full description'

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