Part-time and distance learners
Some of our services are targeted at part-time staff and students, those on accredited distance learning courses or studying on placements.
Using our libraries in the UK
You can study, borrow and return items, access IT services and print, copy and scan at any of our 8 libraries across the East Midlands. As a part-time or distance learner you are allowed 10 days to return items that have been requested by another user.
There are three library services you will find particularly useful:
Ordinary loan items can be delivered to The University of Nottingham (UK) library of your choice via The University of Nottingham Online Catalogue (UNLOC). Select your preferred pickup location for the item from the drop-down menu.
Library members who are restricted to borrowing only from Greenfield Medical Library are NOT eligible to use this service.
This service allows students on accredited distance learning courses, part-time students, and those on placements of six weeks or more to request ordinary loan items to be posted direct to their UK address. Both this and the Copy Scan Direct service are available at the following libraries:
How to request an ordinary loan item
You can have up to 10 postal loans per academic year and can keep books for their usual loan period unless they are requested by other readers. To use this service:
to check that we have the item in stock
UK address to which you want the item posted
send an email to DL Requests
with the following information for each item:
you will need to clear any outstanding fines and overdue items before you can use this service
if there is a waiting list of requests for the item, it will be posted to you for 10 days only
All items may be requested by other borrowers at any time and fines are payable on each item returned or renewed late.
Renewing and returning items
Items can be renewed online on the Library Catalogue UNLOC.
To renew items by telephone, contact: 0115 82 32777
A return date will be stamped inside each book you receive. Items will be registered as returned on the date they are received at the library, not the date you posted them.
Copy Scan Direct
This service allows students on accredited distance learning courses, part-time students, and those on placements of six weeks or more to request scanned or faxed copies or photocopies of journal articles or book chapters from items in stock in the participating libraries listed above. These will be provided double sided and in black and white unless you request otherwise.
as with the postal loans service, all potential users will be asked to clear any outstanding fines or overdue items before they can use this service
items are provided within copyright restrictions: up to 5% or one article (whichever is greater) from a single issue of a journal or up to 5% or one chapter (whichever is greater) from a book.
How to request a Copy Scan Direct item
search UNLOC to check that we have the item in stock
print, complete and sign the relevant request form for each item:
Please note that we must have your handwritten signature for legal reasons before we can supply the article. We will accept a scanned pdf or faxed copy of the form as long as it includes your handwritten signature
£2.50 per scanned or faxed copy of journal article or book chapter
£4 per photocopy
Students are exempt from paying VAT.
Members of University staff are liable for VAT unless payment is made by departmental account.
You can pay by:
cheque made payable to The University of Nottingham, sent with your request form
debit/credit card by contacting the relevant library between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday
completing an account request form with your University departmental or research grant account number
You can pay fines greater than £3 over the phone using a debit/credit card.
You can access a wide range of databases, eJournals and eBooks via the eLibrary Gateway. Module reading lists are also available with links to our stock on UNLOC. Further advice on finding material is available.
Our inter-library loans service offers electronic article delivery subject to copyright restrictions.
As a student at The University of Nottingham, you can borrow items from up to 170 participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland through the SCONUL Access scheme.