Borrowing books for distance learners

Attention In line with the need to maintain social distancing and operate in a COVID-19 Secure fashion this service is temporarily suspended

Distance learners living abroad should investigate local libraries available to them but should also take advantage of our Document Delivery service, which can supply you with scanned single chapters from books and single articles from journal issues by email.  Details are available from our web pages describing additional services we offer to distance learners.

UK based distance learning students can apply for print copies of books to be posted to them if they are willing to bear the cost of return postage.  Please see the distance learning pages on the Library website for full details, advice, terms and conditions.  If you have any difficulties working with printed or electronic materials, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss how resources can be personalised to allow you to work in the way that suits you best. 

If you live close to other universities, you might be able to use and even borrow books from their libraries by joining the SCONUL Access scheme.  Joining is free and full details are available through the Library website.  If you happen to be visiting us in Portsmouth, you are welcome to borrow and return books in person but please remember to bring your purple student card!


Who is it for?

Postal loans and document delivery are available to all students living within the UK who are registered on a distance learning course or who are based away from Portsea Island and have difficulty accessing the physical library.

Where and when?

This advice was written before the coronavirus lockdown.  During this period, more eresources have been made available through the University Library to compensate for other libraries being closed.