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Library Guides

Guide to Library and Archive Services: Borrowing and Returning Books



You can borrow 25 items and make up to 5 requests.

Our self service kiosks allow you to borrow and return items 

You also have access to an extensive collection of e-books, e-journals and e-resources via Library Search.

Questions? Speak with staff at the Library counter or get in touch via our Chat service or email

Please note that whilst we strive to offer the highest standard of service at all times the unpredictable and evolving nature of the global situation means that this service is subject to change and withdrawal at short notice. 



You can return items to any of our libraries through our self service kiosks.

Questions? Speak with staff at the Library counter or get in touch via our Chat service or email

What happens if I bring an item back late?

Item(s) are issued for 1 week and are automatically renewed, unless requested by other users.

If requested, you will receive an email asking you return the item(s).

If you return a requested item late, your library account will be blocked. This means that you will not be allowed to borrow or request items for the length of time the book was overdue, and this may prevent other loans on your account from being automatically renewed. Please do bring your requested books back by the due date to avoid this happening.

Which other libraries can I use?


SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

To join SCONUL Access and find out which libraries you can use, click here. You will need your Library or ID Card number from your home institution and your institutional email address to complete the application.

British Library

To use the British Library reading rooms, you will need a Reader Pass. Pre-book an appointment online to request or renew your pass.
Further information on using the British Library reading rooms 


Inter-Library Loans

If the book, journal article or thesis you need is not available at our libraries or online for free, you can request it from an external Library. This is know as an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request.

The procedure for placing requests and more information can be found on the library webpages.

If anyone has any questions regarding their ILL requests please contact us at