Borrowing information

All members of the University are entitled to use the library and a card is automatically issued to each reader.

University Identity Card

The University identity card given to you after registration will last you for the duration of your course. This is your library card. You need to bring your card with you if you wish to borrow material from the Library. A charge of £5 will be made for a replacement card if the original gets lost.

Borrowing Entitlement

Students undertaking degree courses are entitled to 15 items - this entitlement increases to 20 items in the final year. Second year students can borrow 20 items after the dissertation hand in date. ITT students may borrow 15 items from the main library plus 20 items from the teaching resources collection. Taught Masters students are entitled to borrow 20 items.

Remember never allow anyone else to use your card. Do not pass on library books to others You are responsible for all items issued on your card and for any fines incurred.

Loan periods

3 Week Loans and Videos/DVDs

Most books and some non book materials are issued for a period of 3 weeks. (This is increased to 4 weeks for Masters students and 12 weeks for members of staff) These books have a white label inside. Fines of 20 pence per day will be charged if an item is kept over that period.

Weekly Loans

Items in this category are to be found on the open shelves but are clearly marked inside as restricted and have a green dot on the spine. These items are stamped for one week only and are issued in the normal way. Fines of 75 pence per day will be charged if an item is kept over that period.

Resources Loans

Most resource items may be borrowed for a five week period, unless classed as a restricted weekly loan, identifiable by a green date label and dot on the spine of the book. Videos, CDs, audio cassettes are classed as main library loans and are issued for a three week period.


Returning & Renewing Books

Books should be returned to the Library during opening hours. You can renew your books :

  • through the library catalogue (please note that the default library pin number is 1111)
  • by ringing the library renewals line on 01752 761145/636845 during library opening times
  • by bringing them into the library and using our self service machines
  • by email :

Returning/renewing books on time is your responsibility and email overdue notices are a courtesy service, not to be relied on.

If you have any problems renewing items check out our helpguide on renewing books or contact us, either by telephone or email.


If an item you need is checked out to another student you may place a reservation using the library catalogue. This is referred to as a ‘hold’, it may also be called a ‘request’ (please note that the default library pin number is 1111).

You can only successfully reserve items which are currently on loan. If you place a reservation on an item which is checked in the system will block that reservation. However if it appears that you have reserved an item of which copies should be on the shelves you will not be notified. Please ensure you only use the system to reserve items which are checked out. Please see our helpguide on reserving books for more details.

If you have problems locating an item which should be on the shelves please inform a member of Library staff or fill in a trace form.

Further information, guides and tutorials are available online or are available in hard copy from the Library.

Recalled Loans

Items that are in heavy demand may be subject to recall at any time and readers will be alerted by e-mail if they hold recalled items. You cannot renew a recalled item. Recalled items will incur increased fines if they are not returned to the Library by the required date


The fines are currently as follows :

3 week loans including DVDs/videos/CDs 20p per day

1 week loans 75p per day

Teaching practice material 5p per item/per day

Recalled loan 75p per item/per day

Any fines incurred on overdue items must be paid immediately. Non payment of debts will lose you your entitlement to borrow until the debt is settled.