Library services for Kent students at Brussels

With the University of Kent's digital library you can access information and support for your studies 24/7. You have online access to a huge range of high-quality digital resources, such as e-books, e-journals, databases, newspapers, and multimedia.

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LibrarySearch Digital

Find e-books, e-journals, articles and much more. This version of LibrarySearch shows only items that are available to access online.

LibrarySearch Digital

Extra e-books for you

You have access to an extra 180,000 e-books that are available only to students at our European Centres.

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Reading lists

The reading lists for your modules are online. They link straight to the essential and recommended resources for the module, in LibrarySearch or elsewhere on the web.

You can also view your reading lists in Moodle.

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More digital resources

Not all of our digital resources are included in LibrarySearch. Visit your digital library to browse or search e-book and e-journal collections, newspaper archives and more.  

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Document delivery – request books, chapters or articles


We currently cannot supply any books or photocopies through document delivery.

We will do our best to supply electronic articles and book chapters where we are able to source them. Therefore we can only accept 'Article' and 'Book chapter' requests through document delivery for now.

If the item you need isn't available from the University of Kent's e-resources or in print in your local libraries, we'll try to get it for you via the document delivery service.

Before you make a request

Check:

  • LibrarySearch Digital to see if the item is available as an e-resource.
  • with your supervisor if the item is available from another source or there is an acceptable alternative.
  • the catalogues of relevant local libraries to see if they have the item, or a suitable alternative.

You must have approval from your supervisor before you make the request.

To make your request

  1. Go to LibrarySearch Digital
  2. Click Document Delivery Request (top right)
  3. Follow the instructions for your European Centre

When your item has arrived

For books, we'll email you to let you know it's available.

For articles and book chapters, they will be supplied in digital format by the British Library and you'll get an email with the link to the document.

How to access your item

There are restrictions to your use of the document, due to copyright legislation:

  • you can only print one copy and may not make further copies
  • you may not make further electronic copies, convert the file to any other format, or copy and paste from it
  • once downloaded/saved, the document will "self-destruct" after 3 years


During the coronavirus pandemic, local libraries may be closed. Please check their websites before making a journey.

There are 2 Belgian university campuses close to BSIS.

VUB Central Library

You can use their reading rooms, which offer Wi-Fi, copying, printing and scanning facilities. You don't need to register to use their physical books and print resources within the library.

During peak study periods access to the library's study area may be restricted to VUB students only.

ULB Libraries

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Law and Social Sciences libraries, on Solbosch Campus in Ixelles, 30 minutes' walk from BSIS
  • ULB Libraries website (in French)
  • Social Sciences Library: levels 2 and 4 have study space and Social Sciences/Politics bibliographical resources. Public access and you most of their collection is freely available in their premises.
  • Law Library: in the basement of the building across the Social Sciences Library; to use it, you must register (12.50 Euros per year); this would also give you access to their databases.

During peak study periods access to the library's study areas may be restricted to ULB students only.

ULB Social Sciences Library interior

ULB Social Sciences Library  

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