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
  • 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. Use the Locate button in Library Search to see a map showing which floor and shelf number 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.


Limits

Undergraduates Final year undergraduates / Postgraduates / Uni staff External borrowers
Temporarily 40 items 35 items 4 items

Times

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.


Corona virus update: In line with Government guidelines, and following the closure of library buildings, the SCONUL Access scheme will be suspended until further notice.

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.

Auto-renewals

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.

Please note: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Library has suspended the Request service.

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.