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University Library Services

Library Essentials

A guide to help you with the basics of using your University Library.

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Your lecturers will usually recommend books and ebooks to you in your reading list because they provide an in-depth overview of a subject. They are a great way of learning more about a new topic and often compare and summarise different ideas or theories.

Many titles are available as ebooks which you can read online using your University user ID and password.

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If you are eligible for a campus card, you can borrow print books from our collections.

Borrowing periods

Items in our collections will be labelled as either 28 Day Loans (all wider reading materials, including print books and DVDs) or Not For Loan (items that must be used within the library for reference). If at the point of issue, a 28 Day Loan resource is reserved by another student, the loan period will automatically change to a 7 Day Loan and renewals will not be possible, to ensure the fair circulation of resources. If a resource is reserved whilst on loan the due date will not change but renewals will not be possible.

Borrowing limits

All students eligible to borrow from our collections, both undergraduate and postgraduate, can borrow up to 25 items at a time.

Renewal limits

Print books and DVDs can be renewed for up to a total of an extra 196 days. The maximum renewal date, calculated as 196 days from the date the item was first issued, will be displayed on your account. If the resource has been reserved by another library user, renewals will not be possible.