Use the Library Search or the Research Repository to find a thesis, if full text is available via the Research Repository there will be a weblink to access the online version

If you cannot find an online version of the thesis, check to see if the library has a print copy, search by keyword, title or author and limit your search to UL theses, if you find a print copy, you can "sign in"  to request it for consultation.
You will receive an email when the thesis is ready for collection in the library.
Theses are for consultation only and may not be removed from the library

  • Dissertations and Theses A&I
    This database is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.
  • ETHoS (Electronic Theses Online Service) from the British Library (full text)
    Where a thesis has been digitised previously by the British Library, it may be available to download
    for free. In other cases, you may have to request that the British Library digitise the thesis. There
    will be a cost and a wait involved.
    Where a PDF is available: Login>Click download>Select download>Add to basket>Confirm>Agree to
    terms and conditions>Download
  • DART Europe E-Theses Portal (full text)
    Theses from repositories around Europe.
  • TEL (Théses-en-ligne)
    Tel is an initiative of Le CCSD (Centre pour La Communication Scientifique Directe). It aims to provide free access to online versions of Doctoral PHD theses submitted at French Universities and Colleges. All subject Areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities are covered.
  • National ETD Portal (South African Theses and Dissertations)
    This site is run by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with Committee of the Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA). Metadata for all theses and dissertations produced in South Africa are collected and made accessible, as well as disseminated further, for the site.
  • WorldCat
    Search for thesis only: go to Advanced Search and change content to "Thesis/Dissertations"


  • Google Scholar (citations, abstracts and full text)
    Open access repositories are accessible through Google Scholar so you can find theses here. You will have to sort through a lot more results as you cannot limit to "theses".
    To distinguish theses from other material, on the result record, where you normally see publication details you will see the name of an Institute or an open access repository.
  • Institutional Repositories in general
    When you know the Institute that awarded the Degree, you could check to see if the institution has an Institutional Repository and then search that for the thesis.

The Inter-Library Loans office (ILL) or Information Desk can advise on whether it is possible to borrow a thesis from another library. This facility is for faculty, staff and postgraduate students only.