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Borrow, renew and return

How to borrow, renew and return items from the University of Nottingham libraries. 

On this page:

Top tips on finding resources

  Short loan items and how to videos


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How do I borrow?

Use your University Card or Library Card to borrow items at a self-service machine.

Loans allowance
Type of memberNumber of loans Length of loan 
Academic staff  60 Until 30 June 
Research postgraduates  60 Until 30 June 
Taught postgraduates  60 8 weeks 
Undergraduates  60 8 weeks 
Clerical, technical and manual staff, NUH employees  12  8 weeks 
External borrowers, SCONUL Access scheme members  4 weeks 
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  8 weeks 

Members may also borrow two short loan items (except for SCONUL Access users).

The due date of your loan will change if someone else wants your book. We will email you with any changes to your due dates.

How to reserve books on NUsearch Laptop loans

Can I keep my book for longer?

Yes, unless someone else wants it.

You can renew your books on NUsearch or at a self-service machine.

How do I return my book?

You can return your books at a self-service machine in any library or in a book box if the library is closed. 

You will get a fine if you return or renew your book late.


I can't find a book on the shelf

Report a missing book

Top tips

  • Can’t find the book you need? Contact library staff
  • Request More Books, additional copies and new titles
  • Keep in touch: check your library account on NUsearch and your University email regularly
  • eBooks can be accessed by logging into NUsearch
  • Services for part-time and distance learners
  • Academic staff can request items to be delivered directly to their school with BooksDirect
  • You can visit the libraries of many other UK universities by joining the SCONUL Access scheme. You may also be eligible to borrow items. Take a look at the SCONUL Access website for more information and guidance on how to join
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Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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