Frequently asked questions

How many books can I take out?

Loan allocations can be made up of any combination of items - books, audiovisual materials, DVDs, CDs etc.*

*The library also provides access to over 230,000 ebooks.

Students on taught courses (Undergraduate, Masters, PGCE) 15 items
Students on research programmes 25 items
Academic staff 25 items
Professional services staff 15 items

PGCE students are able to borrow an additional 10 Schools Resources items (up to a maximum of 25 items).


How long can I keep books for?

Loan TypeHow long?
Standard loan (no band) 3 weeks
Red Band 7 days
CDs 7 days
Reference (Blue band) Not for loan

What are the overdue fines?

Loan TypeOverdue fines
Standard loan (no band) 25p per day
Red Band 50p per day
CDs 50p per day

The maximum fine per item is £7.50. Once this amount is reached, your account will be blocked.

If you are worried about any fines you may have, please speak to a member of the Library team and we will be happy to help.

What if I don’t return a book or it gets damaged?

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help.

If Library items aren’t returned or are lost/damaged, you will temporarily have library privileges withdrawn and be charged replacement costs at the full current price of the item, or £15 (whichever is greater).

Invoices for lost or damaged books will normally be sent to you by the University finance department and payment should be made to them. If you find and return the Library items within 6 months of the invoice being paid, we will be happy to give you a refund.

Can I reserve books that are on the shelf before I visit the library?

We do not offer a reservation service where users can "reserve" available books.

Holds can only be placed on items where all copies are out on loan, or at a campus different to your home campus.

If a book is showing as "available" at your home campus, you are expected to visit the Library to find the book on the shelves as per a first-come first-served basis.

Use the library catalogue to find a book, DVD or other resource you're interested in.

Each item has a number listed under 'Call No.' (Call Number). Multiple copies of the same book all have the same number – the number is determined by subject matter and, usually, the surname of the author.

Make a note of the number and then make your way to the shelves ...


Web Design in a Nutshell (Title)

004.6 NIE (call number)

004.6 = Data processing and Computer Science: Interfacing and Communications (subject matter)

NIE = author Jennifer Niederst-Robbin

Most of the books are shelved in numerical order, from 000 to 999. These maps show the layout of the numbers at each library:

After numerical order, books are arranged in alphabetical order of author's surname. Each book has the number labelled on the spine.

Place a hold

If your book is out on loan, or at another campus:

You can place a Hold through the Library catalogue on books that are already out on loan, or available at another campus.

To do this, click ‘Place Hold’ on the catalogue item (to the left of the screen). You will be asked to log into your library account along the way. 

Once available, items are on hold for you for three days. Please check your library account to see when your Holds are available for collection.

Request a Purchase

If the library doesn't hold a title you need, use one of these forms:



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