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Your NUsearch account

The benefits of signing in to NUsearch and how to manage your library account

Why sign in?  |  How to sign in  |  Your library account  |  My Favourites  |  Requests and bookings 

Why sign in?

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Sign in to NUsearch for a better search experience. It allows you to:

  • access the full range of resources
  • benefit from single sign on - providing seamless access to online resources
  • manage your library account - view current and historic loans, requests, and pay fines/charges
  • make requests and bookings for resources you need
  • save records or searches to My Favourites

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How to sign in

Click the Sign in button in the top menu and select one of the following two options:

University IT account

For University of Nottingham students, staff or associates

Sign in with your university username and password.

If you are unable to sign in, you may not have a library account and you'll be prompted to contact the library for help.  

If you do need to register, it is easy to do. You can either visit any library lending desk with your University card, or email


Community borrowers

For library members who don’t have a University IT account e.g. staff of Nottingham University Hospitals or external members

Sign in with your library card number and password. Your password is no longer your library card number PIN. You will need to set a password for your NUsearch account the first time you sign in.

If you've forgotten your password or, if you are signing in for the first time:

  • Select Can't sign in and choose the relevant option.
  • Enter your library card number or your registered email address and you will receive instructions by email on how to set, or reset, your password.

Screenshots of 1.Sign in screen for community borrowers with the Can't sign in? option highlighted. 2. Password reset screen asking for User ID or email address.

Some services and resources that you can access on signing in depend on your library membership. Students and staff of the university have full access. Other members, please see our Library membership page for further information.

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Your library account

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NUsearch allows you to access and manage your library account.

Once you are signed in, click your name in the top right hand corner, then select My Library Card.

Select the relevant section in My Library Card to view more details:

  • Loans -  see items you have on loan and renew them. You can also check your loan history
  • Requests - view active requests and cancel any you no longer need
  • Library charges - check outstanding fines/charges and pay them online (see below for help to do this)
  • Blocks and Messages - view any blocks or important messages on your account

Screenshot of My Library Card showing the overview screen with information on your Loans, Requests, Library Charges and Blocks & Messages

Paying library charges

You can view and pay your fines or charges in the Library Charges section

How to pay your library fines

Click on the Pay Fine option. This will take you through to a secure payment system where you can pay by debit/credit card. There is a minimum payment of £1.

You can also pay charges over the phone or at self-service machines in the Hallward, George Green and Greenfield Medical libraries.

Screnshot of Library Charges tab of My Library Card with the Pay Fine link highlighted

Find our more about Library fines


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My Favourites

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My Favourites is your own space in NUsearch where you can save and organise your search results and queries. It allows you to:

  • save search results and organise or export them
  • save searches so you can rerun them and set up email alerts
  • view your search history

Click on the Pin icon (Go to My Favourites) in the top right of the screen to access.

To find out more, see our help guide on: 

Saving and exporting results

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Requests and bookings

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Once signed in you can make requests and bookings for resources you need, including:

  • Click and Collect - to request physical resources for pickup at a library of your choosing
  • Book suggestions and interlibrary loans - to request resources not available in our libraries
  • Bookings to view our special collections

You can view your requests in the Requests section of My Library Card.

To find out more, see our help guide on:

Requests and bookings

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University of Nottingham Libraries

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

Please see our Help and support page for
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contact points