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. 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.
|Undergraduates||Final year undergraduates / Postgraduates / Uni staff||External borrowers|
|Temporarily 40 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.