Borrowing from the Library and reserving items

Borrowing Library Items

You can easily borrow, renew and return Library items using our self service systems in the Library Atrium whenever the Library building is open. The self-service kiosks are powered with RFID technology that allows you to issue all the items you need all at once and without any hassle. You may also check your account details, renew your loans and pay your library charges using the interactive touch screen. If you need help, just ask us. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you.

Details of borrowing entitlements for students, staff and external readers can be found under Further Information below.

Additional arrangements are in place to support borrowing for Distance Learners.

Returning Library items

In the University Library you can return your loans at the self service returns sorter, located in the Atrium. All University Library loans must be returned to the University Library.

If you do not return your books, our automatic renewal service means that your books will renew themselves until they are reserved by another client.  Please read the emails the Library sends to your University email account to check for any books that have not renewed and may have been recalled.  You can also manually renew your loans.

Recalled items

You may receive a "recall notice" if another borrower has reserved an item on loan to you. This recall notice is sent to your University email address.
Note: If you do not return the item by the new due date, you will have to pay a fine.


You will need to pay your fines before you can have any new library items issued to you. Details on fine rates and methods of payment can be found under Further information below.


You can reserve items that are on loan via the Library Catalogue. You cannot reserve books which the Catalogue shows are available.

When an item you have reserved becomes available, you have seven days to collect it. You will be notified of an item waiting collection via an email.

Please phone (023) 9284 3228 or email with enquiries about Library membership, loans policies and procedures.

Email delivery of Library notifications 

This service is open to all students and staff where we have an email address available, and to all External Readers who have supplied us with an email address.

As a student, you will be given your own University email account when you join which will be used by the Library. You are expected to check your account daily – you can do this through the MyPort website. Failure to do so may result in you missing valuable information.

If you have any problems with your University account visit the Google Apps page of the Information Services website.

If we do not have a record of a University email account, we will continue to send a paper alternative to your main contact address (department for full-time students).

What if you don’t have an email account?

Staff and students will be given a University email account on joining the University. If you are an External Reader, library notifications can be printed and posted to your local address, but we cannot offer the "reminder" service to anyone who has opted out of email delivery.

Will you send me a reminder about my loans?

Yes, by email only. You will receive a reminder two days before your loans are due for return. If you have any further enquiries about this courtesy service, please contact us.


Further Information