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Borrowing from our libraries

Everything you need to know about borrowing and returning books.

 

Library loans essentials

  • Library fines are currently being waived for current staff and students until the end of summer vacation 2021.
  • Your library loans will continue to auto-renew every day as normal unless they are requested by someone else. If this happens, we will email you to let you know your item has been recalled but you will not be charged overdue fines.
 
 

 

Borrowing and browsing

As a member of the University of Nottingham, you have access to our extensive print and online collections. Start your search online with our library discovery tool, NUsearch.

 

Click and Collect

Use Click and Collect to request and borrow print items from our libraries.

How to place a request

  1. Search NUsearch for the item you want to request
  2. Log in with your University username and password to place your request.
  3. You will receive an email when your item is ready to collect. We will hold the item for seven days.
  4. Your item will have already been issued to your account. Collect your item from the reservations shelves using the code provided in your confirmation email.

 
 

Browsing the shelves

You will need your University Card for access to the building and to borrow books using the self-service machines.

When visiting the library, please:

Libraries and opening times

 

Postal loans

University of Nottingham Libraries are currently offering postal loans for students who need access to physical resources available in our libraries.

This service is available for current University of Nottingham students who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Living outside the local area (NG1 - NG11) or
  • Currently living outside of the UK or
  • Eligible for Enhanced Library Support or
  • Currently unable to visit the library in person (for example, due to shielding or self-isolation)

Please note, you will be expected to cover the cost of returning items to our libraries.

How to request a postal loan

 

How many items can I borrow?

Loans allowance
Type of memberNumber of loansLength of loan
University of Nottingham students and staff 60
  • Books will usually be issued for one week and will auto renew everyday unless someone else requests them.
  • Books in high demand will be issued for seven days only. These items will not auto renew.
  • If you have requested a book, we will email you when it is ready for collection. You will need to collect it within seven days.
Part-time and disabled students 60
  • Books will usually be issued for one week and will auto renew everyday unless someone else requests them.
  • Books in high demand will be issued for seven days only. These items will not auto renew.
  • If you have requested a book, we will email you when it is ready for collection. You will need to collect it within seven days.
Community borrowers
(external borrowers, SCONUL Access)
12
  • Books will normally be issued for one week and will auto renew everyday unless someone else requests them.
  • Books in high demand will be issued for seven days only. These items will not auto renew.
  • If you have requested a book, we will email you when it is ready for collection. You will need to collect it within seven days.

 

Returning books

You may be asked to return your books to the library if they are requested by another user. You will receive an email to let you know if this is the case.

We are not currently charging fines for overdue items. 

How do I return books?

  • Return books to any of our libraries via the self-service machines or the book boxes outside.
  • Return books by post to any of our libraries. Please note, you will be expected to cover the cost of returning books to our libraries.

If you have any questions about your loans, please contact the Library Helpline by email, phone or Live Chat.

 

 

Fines and charges

University of Nottingham Libraries are currently waiving fines until the end of summer vacation. If you have any questions, please contact the Library Helpline by phone, email or live chat.

All University of Nottingham Libraries are cashless. Fines can be paid:

  • via your library account on NUsearch
  • at self-service machines (Hallward, Greenfield Medical and George Green). Our self-service machines include braille and the ability to increase the size of the text.
  • by calling 0115 95 16393

If you have any questions about your loans, please contact the Library Helpline by email, phone or Live Chat.

More information about changes to fines

Fines

Fines are charged on requested overdue books, the charge is £1 per day. The maximum fine per book is £10

If you lose or damage a book, you will be charged for a replacement copy. 

Fines will be waived for books that have been returned to the library but are in quarantine for 72 hours

More information about fines, charges and how to pay

 

 

 

University of Nottingham Libraries

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

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