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Durham University

University Library

Liberate My Library

The Liberate My Library initiative is a way to request items that will diversify our collections..

We have wonderful collections across Durham's libraries and museums but we want to make our collections even more diverse. To do this we are working with Durham Students Union to encourage students and staff to recommend items that will increase the diversity of the library’s collections.

Are there works created by, or representing people, within LGBT+ communities you would like to see on the shelves of our library?

What about works relating to the experiences of BAME or disabled communities? How about issues of gender and identity?

To get involved you can complete the online form below or pick up a postcard at any of our libraries or museums.

If for any reason we are unable complete your request we will then contact you to let you know.

Currently we are prioritising purchase requests for education and teaching in preparation for the academic teaching year.

We will retain the details of your request and process it in due course. We are unable to give a timescale for when we will be able to process requests.

If your request is for teaching please supply details and state if the title is essential reading or background reading. Please note we are only able to purchase eBooks.

If your requirement is urgent, you may wish to request it through our Document Delivery Service (DDS).  Details of this service can be found at .

If you have any enquiries about this service or would like to give feedback please contact

Your details

Required for members of the University

  • Undergraduate
  • PostGraduate
  • Staff
  • Visitor
  • Associate
  • Subscription Borrower
Request details
Book Details: Please provide as much information as possible.


If you have multiple requests please submit individually. (1 title per form)

  • Reading List
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Leisure
  • Dissertation/Thesis
  • General Study
  • LGBT+
  • BAME
  • Disability 
  • Gender and Identity

(This service only available to University members)

Liberate My Library titles

To see which titles have been added to the collection visit the Liberate My Library reading list.

This is a great place to start to broaden your reading and research.