Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Nov. 17, 2016
Mar. 31, 2016
Document and Entity Information      
Entity Registrant Name LIQUIDITY SERVICES INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0001235468    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016    
Amendment Flag false    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-30    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 127,314,180
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   31,288,551  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY