Theses From Other UK Universities

The Bodleian Library has purchased copies of some UK theses. These can be found on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) and may be ordered up from the bookstack.

A number of early theses accepted for higher degrees and published before 1973 are held in the Bodleian Library but are not yet catalogued on SOLO. These holdings can be found in the Foreign Dissertations Catalogue card index. This catalogue is unfortunately not currently available to readers. Access to material in this catalogue is via staff at the Main Enquiry Desk in the Lower Reading Room of the Old Bodeian Library. Please email:, or phone 01865 277162.

Index to Theses can be used to locate theses accepted for higher degrees at Universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. It also provides abstracts of these theses. This database can be found on OxLIP+.

Many theses from other UK universities are available to be downloaded for free from the British Library's EThOS service.

Theses from other UK universities may be requested via interlibrary loan. Please complete both sides of the standard interlibrary loan form [PDF, 188kb], and hand this to staff at your library enquiry desk (for example, Main Enquiry Desk in the Lower Reading Room) with printouts from Index to Theses or COPAC so that they have full details of what you need and where it can be found. Interlibrary loans staff will contact you by email when the item has arrived. Copies of Cambridge theses can be supplied to individuals and can be purchased by completing their Digital Content Unit's online order form.  There is a standard charge of £75 (plus VAT and postage).

Please note that it may not be possible to obtain some theses due to restrictions on lending placed by the author of the thesis or the institution at which it is held.

The standard subsidised fee will apply for applications for interlibrary loans of UK theses made by current members of Oxford University. Readers who are not current members of Oxford University will be charged differently; we recommend that such readers use the facilities provided by their own institution or their local public library.

Making copies from UK university theses

Many theses from other UK universities are available to be downloaded for free from the British Library's EThOS service (

It may be possible to copy small sections from a paper thesis obtained via interlibrary loan. Enquiry and reserve desk staff may be able to advise but enquiries can be directed to interlibrary loans section 01865 (2)77069 or

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