Getting books and articles while service restrictions apply

Due the ongoing coronavirus crisis and IT issues there are restrictions to the services we are able to offer which may make accessing books or journal articles more difficult than usual.  We do have a large range of ebooks and ejournals online and you should begin your search with the Library Discovery Service or the resources on your Subject Page.

However, not everything is available online and so we have developed a number of services to help you get hold of the material you need. 


Browse and Borrow 

The Library is open and users can browse the stock and borrow books using our self-service machines. To enter the library you must register your attendance. You should also consider if your visit is essential and if you do visit you must follow our social distancing guidance at all times including wearing a face-covering throughout your visit 



Click and Collect 

If you are local to Portsmouth the Click & Collect service enables you to reserve specific copies of books that are available on the shelf in the Library. You will then be notified by email when your books are available to collect from the Library building. You do not need to book a study space in order to pick up your books, but you will need your card to scan into the Library. The collection point is near the Library cafe on the ground floor.



Postal Loans

If you are a distance learner, a student who is shielding or self-isolating or a student who is studying online from home you can request books be posted out to you




Scan and Deliver

If you only need a single chapter from a book or a journal article then you can use our Scan and Deliver service to request a scan be sent to you by email. This service is open to distance learning students, those studying online from home due to Covid restrictions, and those living locally but who are shielding or self-isolating. 



Interlibrary Loans

Need a book or article that the library doesn't have? You can request an Interlibrary loan and we will apply to other libraries to see if they can send a copy of an article or book chapter to you by email. No print requests can be accepted until further notice (but we will attempt to source an ebook for any requests unable to be fulfilled via our Scan & Deliver service). This service is open to all students.