Support for distance learners

If you are unable to visit the library because you are self-isolating or studying at home, you can use the postal loans service to request a book to be sent to you by post (UK addresses only). 

You can also use the Document Delivery service to access a chapter or article from books which we hold in stock.

The Library does its utmost to provide a quality service for those students who are not based in Portsmouth. While some of our resources and facilities are local in nature, where applicable we highlight alternative options for Distance Learners.

The first time you use the postal loans you will need to register. After that, you only need to log in using your University of Portsmouth username and password. 

Basic general information on accessing Library services and resources is covered on our accessing electronic resources page.

In this section, we offer additional services and advice specifically for Distance Learners:

You will find assistance for the most common problems in our Help with IT Issues section.

Discovery Service

Need quick access to relevant e-resources?

Try our Discovery Service. You can refine your search by selecting the Full Text Online option and then narrow it further by source type as required.