Library account

Access your library account on Library Search.

  • Click 'Sign in' at the top right of the Library Search screen and submit your Network username and password.
  • Click My Account at the top right of the next screen.
  • Log out when you have finished.

Use your account to...

  • Check which library items (e.g. books / laptops / locker keys / headphones) you have on loan
  • Check when your loans are due for return
  • Place requests and see when your requests are ready to collect
  • Check for and pay charges.


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
25 items 35 items 4 items


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:

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

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.

At Clifford Whitworth

Visit the return machines by the library entrance and place the item into the slot.

At MediaCityUK

Use the self-service machines to return items.

  1. Select the Return items option on screen.
  2. Place the item into the slot.
  3. Place each item into the appropriate yellow or black slot, as shown on the screen.

Loans from other libraries

These items need to be returned directly to the enquiry desk of the library you loaned them from.

Lost items

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.

What if a book won't renew?

Books won’t renew for one of four reasons:

  1. The book has been requested by another user - The book needs to be returned by its due date. Unreturned requested books will be charged 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 the 52 week limit. If the book has not been requested and you want to keep it, you can renew it at the library enquiry desk and start another 52 week loan period. No charges will be made for overdue books 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 books that have not been requested.
  4. The book is lost and has been invoiced - The book needs to be returned immediately. You will have already been notified of the charges relating to the replacement cost of the book. Failure to return the book may incur further charges for debt collection.

If a book is not renewing and you are unclear about why please get in touch.

What communication will you send me?

You will receive the following emails from us on a regular basis:

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

  • Sign in to Library Search
  • Search for the item and 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.

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:

  • a loaned item is requested - you need to return it as soon as possible.
  • a loaned item is invoiced - you need to return it to the library. Invoiced items will block your account and prevent you from borrowing new material.

The charges are:

  • 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.

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.