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Library & Learning Commons: Loans & Borrowing

Resources in the Library & Learning Commons

The Library & Learning Commons Collections:


  • The Academic Course Collection for Humanities (excluding Music): Short loan resources in high demand connected to modules taught in the current academic year.
  • The Language Learning resources: 1-week loans and Reference-only items supporting Language Learning.
  • Film collection: mixture of short loan, 1 week loan and Reference-only items.
  • The Academic Skills collection: Reference collection.


Many items are available online, accessed via  (for online stock you must login with your User Name & Password). This means our online course collections are available to you anytime, anywhere; helping you study as and when you wish.

How many items can I borrow ?

Undergraduates    15
Taught Postgraduates 20
Research Postgraduates no limit
Staff: University/UHS/NERC no limit

External Borrowers (personal)

Alumni / SCONUL Access

External Borrowers (corporate) 10/15
Course Collection items  3 only

Loan periods

The table below outlines the different loan types and the penalties for overdue items.  These measures are to encourage everyone to return items on loan before they become overdue.

If you do not return books and they become overdue, you will not be able to borrow anything or place holds until those items are returned or renewed. 

Different items have different penalties once overdue, this is depends on the length of the loan: 


Loan type

Overdue penalty

Effective from

Short loan (course collections) return by 11.00 am following day

Library account suspended for seven days from date item returned

As soon as item is overdue

Equipment loan, return same day

Library account suspended for seven days from date item returned

As soon as item is overdue

Long loan and one week loan (when recalled)

Library account suspended for seven days from date item returned Once item is three days overdue



If an item remains overdue, it will be considered as lost and recorded as a university debt. 


If the item you require is on loan or at another library, you can request it by logging in to Library Search.  

Once you have found the item you need, you can select the option 'Place hold' on the item record.  

The item will be recalled, and when it is ready to collect we will send you an email.

Holds are kept for for three days, please collect within this time.