Access your library account on Library Search.
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’ must be used in the library and cannot be borrowed.
Use the self-service machines to borrow items. Scan your ID card, then put the item on the machine.
Remember to press Finish - if others used your account to borrow library items they would be your responsibility.
|Undergraduates||Final year undergraduates / Postgraduates / Uni staff||External borrowers|
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All items are loaned for one week at a time. You can have them for as long as 52 weeks because they renew automatically. However, if another student requests the item you must return it within the stated time period or you will be charged.
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.
Full-time University of Salford undergraduate students may use resources of other college and university libraries for reference only.
The following groups may borrow material from other college or university libraries:
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:
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.
Visit the return machines by the library entrance and place the item into the slot.
Use the self-service machines to return items.
These items need to be returned directly to the enquiry desk of the library you loaned them from.
Please tell us if you lose a library item as soon as possible.
See Charges for more information.
All items are loaned for one week at a time. You may have them for as many as 52 weeks because they renew automatically. However, if another student requests the item you must return it within the stated time period or you will be charged.
Books won’t renew for one of four reasons:
If a book is not renewing and you are unclear about why please get in touch.
You will receive the following emails from us on a regular basis:
All of our communications are sent as a courtesy 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.
You can request one week and normal loan items using Library Search. Requested items can be transported for collection between Media City and Clifford Whitworth.
If there are items available on the shelf or if you have charges on your account you can't make a request.
You will be sent an email when your request is ready for collection. It will be placed on the Request shelf near the enquiry desk for seven days. The item will have a request slip wrapped around it with your network username printed on the spine. If you can't find the book on the shelf please visit the library enquiry desk
You will be charged if your book is requested by another user and you fail to return it on time.
Check your library account to see if:
The charges are:
You will be charged for a replacement of any item you lose.
The replacement cost charge is a minimum of £15 per item.
Once a lost item has been replaced, your account can be cleared and related fines will be waived.
Pay online via the My Account feature in Library Search. Access your account, go to the fines and fees section and follow the onscreen instructions.
At the end of your 52 week renewal period 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.
Your University ID card is also your library card. If you lose your ID card tell us immediately so we can prevent unauthorised use of your library account.
For information on getting a replacement ID card visit askUS.