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Information for Academic Staff

Journal/database Subscription

Due to the current circumstances, we are encouraging staff to select from existing digital materials and we cannot confirm that any new purchase requests will be fulfilled. Our Digitisation Service has reopened, however requests for Digitisation Service for Disabled Students (DSDS) are being prioritised and we can't guarantee that we will be able to process all other requests in time for the Autumn Term. Therefore please make use of the Library's existing digital materials (e.g. eBooks and Articles) wherever possible. For further guidance please contact


If your programme would like to suggest a new journal, database or other subscription resource, we ask for a short business case to be completed so that it can be considered as part of the annual subscription review process.

For current subscriptions, when a renewal date for subscription arrives we consider:

  • Is it well used?
  • Value for money?
  • Overlaps with other subscriptions
  • Is it still relevant

We will contact the Departments in January and June each year with updated usage statistics to discuss possible options and suggestions, such as promoting journals/articles to students via resource lists.

Following a period of review, titles which are under-performing may be considered for cancellations, in order to free up funds for new subscriptions. At that point we review the business cases as well as other factors such as budget, subscription model and accessibility, with a view to confirming any decisions by July.