Access to Library Books

Library Catalogue

The University of Leicester Library Search can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

You do not require a password to search, but you do need your University IT account username and password to make full use of all the facilities including:

  • Requesting books or copies of chapters/articles by post
  • Renewing your loans
  • Viewing your library account


Increasingly books are available electronically. These can be found by searching Library Search as you would for a printed book. eBooks are clearly marked and a link in the catalogue record will take you to the full text. You will require your University IT account details to access most eBooks.

Postal Loans

You can borrow up to your normal loan allowance. Unfortunately, items held in the Reference collection, Special Collections and Archives, and journals are not available as postal loans.

If books are on loan to other users they will be recalled for you and posted to you as soon as they are available.

Books borrowed by postal loan that are required by another user will be recalled and the original loan period shortened. Please note that you are subject to the usual fines and charges for the non-return or loss of books.

From the 13th January 2020 all postal Loans are sent out with a free returns label to make it easier to return items to the library.


Watch our short video Postal Loans for Distance Learners video or follow the instructions below:

Step one:
Log into your Library account with your IT username and password.

Step two: Using Library Search, search for the title of the book you require.

Step three: Locate the book from the list and click on Get It.

Step four: Click on Request.

Step five: Select the relevant address from the pickup location drop down menu.*

Step six: Enter a date in the Not needed by field only if there is a date by which you no longer require the item. Please note – your request will expire after this date.

Step seven: In the Comments box you can add any additional information e.g. your work address (if this is your preferred address).

Step eight: Click on Request.

Step nine: You should receive confirmation that your request has been placed. Your request will normally be processed within 24 working hours (Monday - Friday), or first thing on a Monday for requests made over the weekend. If the book is out on loan and/or there are a number of requests for this book before yours, your place in the queue will be indicated.

*The default address is usually your home address, however, we can now add your work address if you want this delivery option.  Please email with the relevant address and contact number and we will add this to your library record.

If you are unable to use Library Search to make your request you can complete this form:

If the book you want is not held by the University Library we can try to obtain it for you from another library as an Inter-library Loan, please see the Document Supply web pages for information on how to place such requests.  These items have to be collected in person from the University Library.

If you are unable to use the Inter-library Loan service you may find the Contents Pages Service helpful.

Renewing your loans

Your loans will be automatically renewed unless they are recalled.  If an item is recalled an email will be sent to your University of Leicester email account, but you can also check by logging into your library account with the University IT account username and password.

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