How do I borrow?


You can issue books, journals, DVDs and other items on one of the self-service issue machines on the Ground Floor of the David Wilson Library. The date for return is printed on the receipt. You should always press the print receipt button before leaving the machine as this action also closes your library account. If you do not press the print receipt button the machine will log you out after ten seconds.

How many items can I borrow?

You are permitted to borrow items up to the following allowance:

Type of ReaderLoan allowance
University staff and research postgraduates 40
Undergraduates 30
Certificate students 20
Taught course postgraduates 30
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students 40
Associate staff
Guest borrowers

Distance Learning Students may request books by postal loan up their loan entitlement listed above (i.e. Undergraduates and Taught course postgraduates 30 books).

Please note students and staff may borrow an extra 5 items during University vacations, on request  at the Service Desk during staffed service hours.

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How long can I keep them?

We guarantee that all books, journals and DVDs may be borrowed for a minimum of 7 days. If they are not held or recalled for other users they may be kept for as long as needed for University staff and students (4 weeks for guest borrowers).


Books, DVDs and journals Indefinitely, unless they are recalled.
Theses For use in the Library only. Issued only until staffed services close.
Laptops 4 hours.
Locker keys Lockers are for use when using the Library. Keys should be returned when leaving the Library.
Reprints and exam papers For use in the Express Zone only.

You may be asked to return items earlier than the due date if another user makes a request for the item.

DVDs and Videos with the British Board of Film Classification of "18"

No one younger than 18 may borrow or view an "18" rated DVD or video. We reserve the right to see proof of age ID i.e. a birth certificate, driving licence (photocard), passport or a Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) accredited card before these items can be borrowed or viewed.

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