Library account

Your University ID card also functions as your library card - use it to access your library account, both on and off-campus.

Access your account

Access your library borrower account via Library Search, both on and off-campus.

You can also check your account when using the self-service machines in our libraries.

Sign in

Click 'Sign in' at the top right of Library Search and enter your Network username and password. Click the Log in button.

Click My Account at the top right of Library Search screen.

Don't forget to Log out when you have finished looking at your library account.

Use your account to...

  • Check which books and other library items (e.g. laptops / locker keys / headphones) you have on loan
  • Check when your loans are due for return
  • Renew your loans
  • Place requests
  • See if your requests are ready to collect
  • Check if you have any outstanding fines or charges
  • Pay any outstanding fines and charges.

If you lose your ID card

Let us know immediately so we can prevent unauthorised use of your library account.

For information on getting a replacement ID card visit Student Administration.

Finding books

Each book has a class number – a series of numbers and letters used to keep the library stock in order. When looking for books on the shelf, please make a note of the entire class number from Library Search, including any letters at the end of the number sequence. Look for the aisle with the corresponding number. For example, a book with the class number of 153.44ALT, will be in the aisle marked 150-155. The shelves begin at 000 and work up numerically through the library floors.

Use the Locate button in Library Search to see which floor and shelf the item is on.

Please note: Items marked ‘Reference’ are for use within the library only and cannot be borrowed.

How to borrow

Use the self-service machines to issue items to your account. Scan your ID card, then scan the barcode of each item that you wish to borrow.

Remember to press Finish - if others used your account to borrow library items they would be your responsibility.

Borrowing allowance

Undergraduates Final year undergraduates / Postgraduates / Uni staff External borrowers
25 items 35 items 4 items

Borrowing times

All items are loaned for one week at a time and are subject to automatic renewals up to a maximum of 52 weeks. Students with extended loan status have a loan period of two weeks between renewals.

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals from participating university libraries in close proximity to where you live or work. Further information is available from the SCONUL Access website.

The following groups may borrow material from other college or university libraries:

  • Part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • Full-time postgraduates
  • Postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification

Full-time University of Salford undergraduate students may use resources of other college and university libraries for reference only

To qualify for SCONUL Access, you must be registered as a library user in good standing (including no debts on your Library record). You will also need a University of Salford student ID card.

Register for SCONUL Access:

  • Visit the SCONUL Access web pages and specify which type of user you are, and your home institution (University of Salford).
  • Identify the institution you wish to use (tip: select ‘see results as a list’ to view all 162 participating universities and colleges).
  • Complete the online application form.

You will need to complete an application for each institution you wish to use.

Once your application is approved, the University of Salford library will send you a confirmation email, introducing you to your chosen host library/ libraries. This is only valid for a short period to ensure users are still eligible. If you don’t use the introductory email within this period, you will need to apply again.

Take a copy of the introductory email with you when you visit your chosen library, along with your University of Salford ID card. This will allow other libraries to identify you as a bona fide member of the scheme.

Tip: You should check the website of the library you want to visit for their opening hours and other specific conditions. For example, your first visit may need to be during office hours or you may need to supply a passport sized photograph.

The host library should issue you with a library card, which will allow you to use facilities until your SCONUL Access membership expires. The membership can be valid for up to three years or until your course or contract ends if earlier.

Return items

Clifford Whitworth

Use the dedicated return units found on the ground floor.

  • Return each item into the slot at the front of the machine
  • You can choose to have a receipt printed


Use the self-service machines to return items.

  • Select the Return items option on screen - you do not use your ID card to return items.
  • Place the item into the opening at the front of the machine.
  • Place each item into the appropriate yellow or black slot, as indicated on the screen.
  • Collect a receipt to complete the transaction.

Where to return items

Return your items to either Clifford Whitworth or MCUK (not the Allerton Learning Space), even if you did not borrow from there.

The exceptions to this are items loaned by another institution's library – these need to be returned directly to the Information Desk from which they were issued.

Late returns and renewals

If you are late returning an item you will incur charges only if the item is requested by another user. See Charges for more information.

Lost items

Please inform us as soon as possible if you lose an item that was issued to your library account.
See Charges for more information.


All items are loaned for one week at a time and are subject to automatic renewals up to a maximum of 52 weeks. Students with extended loan status have a loan period of two weeks between renewals.

The library operates an auto renewal scheme whereby your items are renewed for you as they become due for return. We renew items unless they are requested by another user or they have been on loan to you for a period of 12 months. Requested items must be returned immediately to the library.

You can continue to renew items manually if you wish via the my account feature of Library Search. You will need to sign in to view your account and all your current loans.

What if your books don't renew immediately?

A book won’t renew for one of four reasons:

  1. The book has been requested by another user - The book will not renew and needs to be returned by its due date. Unreturned requested books will be charged late fines at a rate of 50p per day, up to a maximum of £20.
  2. The maximum number of renewals has been reached (books will be loaned for up to 52 weeks) - The book will not renew beyond 52 weeks and will need to be returned. If the book is not requested then you can return it and reissue it in the Library. You will need to bring the book to any Library enquiry desk in person. No charges will be made for overdue items that have not been requested.
  3. Your library account has expired before the expected due date of the book after renewal - The book will not renew beyond your account expiry date and will need to be returned. No charges will be made for overdue items that have not been requested.
  4. The book is lost and has been invoiced - The book will not renew and needs to be returned immediately. You will have already been notified of the charges relating to the replacement cost of the item. Failure to return the item may incur further charges for debt collection. Please see here for further information about books showing as Lost on your library account

If a book is not renewing and you are unclear about why please contact the library to investigate.

Will I be informed if my books can't be renewed?

Yes. The Library will be in regular communication with you via your university email address. Where appropriate you will receive:

  • Weekly statement - A statement detailing all current loans on your account with due dates.
  • Recall notification - A statement advising that a book you have borrowed will not be renewed as it is requested by another user.
  • Pre overdue letter - A statement advising that a book you have loaned is due for return.
  • Overdue letter -A statement advising that a book you have on loan has now passed its due date and is overdue for return.

All of our communications are sent as a courtesy only and should not be relied on to keep track of your due dates. Failure to receive notification is not a valid reason to remove any charges that you may have accrued as a result of books going overdue on your account. Borrowers can view their account details in Library Search, at library borrowing machines or by contacting library staff.

You can request one week and normal loan items using Library Search, to be delivered to the library site of your choosing.

  • Sign in to Library Search using the link at the top of the screen. You will need your Network username and password.
  • Search and display the item.
  • Click on the Get it tab.
  • Click on request.
  • Enter pickup* details and click on Request button.
  • Click on Place request, and the Requests screen will be displayed.
  • Click on Confirm.
  • If your request is successful, you will see the message: 'Successfully placed request' followed by details of the request.

*You cannot request a pickup location for an item that is equal to the item home site if items are currently available for loan.

You will be sent an email when your request is ready for collection. It will be placed on the Request shelf for you for seven days.

Your item is held on the open access Request shelves according to your network username. The item will have a request slip wrapped around it with your network username printed on the spine. Once you have located your item(s) they can be borrowed using a self-service machine.

You will find Request shelves near the Support Desk at each library.

If Library Search indicates that a copy of the item you want is available for loan but you cannot find it on the shelf, please visit the library support desk and ask staff to set up a manual request.

Library staff will carry out a shelf check before placing a request on the system for you. The next available copy of the item will placed on the Request shelf and you will be notified by email that it will be held for you for seven days.

Select the My account option via Library Search. Click on the Requests link to display information about the progress of your requests. If you have any queries contact the Support Desk.

If you have an item on loan and another person would like to use it, they can place a request on it. Once an item is requested, you will not be able to renew it and you will have to return it by the due date. If you do not return the item you will incur fines against it. Please see the Charges tab for more information.

Check the following before contacting the Student Support Desk:

  • Have you entered your borrower number correctly?
    It's the number below the barcode on your University ID card.
  • Are copies available on the shelves?
    You will not be able to request an item if the pickup location is the same as the item location and it is currently available on the shelves.
  • Do you have outstanding charges on your account? You can check this via My account.

The University library will not charge fines on overdue items if the item is not requested by another user. Requested items will accrue fines as normal.

Regularly check your library account for:

  • a loaned item is requested - you will not be able to renew this item and should return it as soon as possible. Requested items will accrue fines.
  • a loaned item is invoiced - you will no longer be able to renew this item and it will need to be returned to the library. Invoiced items will also block your account and prevent the borrowing of new material.

If you haven't finished with an item then there are a number of ways to renew it. Please see the renewing tab for more details.

As a courtesy service, reminders are sent to your University email account at regular intervals but it is your responsibility to ensure that items are returned or renewed on time.

You can access your online Library account at any time to check when items are due for return, and if you have incurred any charges.

You will only be charged when items are requested. Fines are charged at a rate of:

  • 50p per day for one week loan items
  • If an item is very overdue a Student Debtors Statement charging you the replacement cost of the items will be raised by the University - this will prevent registration of the next year of your course and may prevent the award of your degree.

Failure to return or renew your items will result in increasing fines. You will not be able to borrow any items until all fines and invoices have been cleared.

If you have lost an item you will be charged for a replacement.

Please note that the replacement cost charge is a minimum of £15 per item.

Once an item has been paid for, your account can be cleared and fines relating to the items will be waived.

Pay your fine in the library at the self-service kiosks in cash (change is provided if you don't have the right amount) or online via the My Account feature in Library Search. Access your account, go to the fines and fees section and follow the onscreen instructions.

Yes and no, but mainly yes. We no longer charge fines on books that go overdue. The only exception to this is where a book has been requested by another borrower – in that case we will continue to charge fines as an incentive to get the book back.

The purpose of library fines is to ensure that library stock is available to those that require it. However if no-one else requires a book it’s not clear why failing to click a renew button on our website is a punishable offence. Therefore it seems reasonable only to charge fines on those books that have been requested by another borrower.

You will get regular reminders asking you to renew the book. If you don’t renew the book within five weeks we will contact you with an invoice asking you to pay to replace the book. If the book is returned / renewed promptly at this point the invoice will be cancelled.

You will be contacted by email and asked to return the book by its due date. If you fail to return the book by its due date fines will be charged. Fine rates can be found here.

Click on the Request button on the item screen in Library Search. Further information is available in the Requests section.