• Library building closed until Apr. 19. Some online services unavailable - updated Monday Apr. 12th 13:00

Attention Covid-19 adjustments to Library services

Getting books and articles during lockdown

During the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we appreciate that there will be times when it isn't easy for you to come to the Library to get the books and articles that you need. We 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 book a time slot. 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 as the collection point is before the main turnstiles. 



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.