Libraries
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Borrowing from our libraries

Everything you need to know about borrowing and returning books.

 

Update to library loan periods

  • Following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, we are returning to our standard loans system from 20 September, with some improvements from previous years. 
  • Click and Collect books will be held for three days (seven days for part time and Enhanced Library Support  students)
  • High-demand items will be issued for two days only (four days for part time and Enhanced Library Support  students)
  • You will have seven days to return items that have been requested by other library users.
  • Library fines are being waived for current staff and students until 11 October 2021.
 
 

 

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.

From 20 September, books will be held on the shelf for three days (seven days for part time and Enhanced Library Support students). You will need to issue the item to your account at the self-service machine.

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.
  4. Collect your item from the reservations shelves using the code provided in your confirmation email.
  5. From 20 September, you will need to issue the item to your account using the self-service machines.
Student browsing book shelves
 
 

Browsing the shelves

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

Libraries and opening times

 

Postal loans

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

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 two 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 three days.
Part-time and disabled students (Enhanced Library Support) 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 four 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 usually be issued for one week and will auto renew everyday unless someone else requests them.
  • Books in high demand will be issued for two 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 three 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 will begin charging fines again from 11 October 2021.

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 will be charging fines again from 11 October 2021. We have been waiving fines since December 2020.

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

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. 

More information about fines, charges and how to pay

 

How to pay your fines

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
 

 

University of Nottingham Libraries

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

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