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The links below will give you information about borrowing books, including the number of books you are entitled to borrow.

  • You will need your University Card [UK, China] to borrow books from the University's libraries. 
  • Self service machines are available in most of the libraries and if you have a clear record, you can use these machines to issue, renew and return most library items.
  • A receipt is produced showing the due date for each item.  
  • Fines are accrued on books returned late.  You can pay fines [UK, China, Malaysia] at the Lending/Circulation desks and in some libraries in the UK you can pay fines of £3 or more via debit or credit card. 
  • Your Library PIN is required to borrow or renew books on self service machines. For security purposes please change your PIN via the Library Online Catalogue [UK: NUsearch, China: NUsearch- UNNC, Malaysia: UNMCLOC] to a secure one of your choice as soon as possible.  
  • In libraries where self service is not available, please take your books and University Card to staff at the Lending/Circulation Desk.
  • Most books are ordinary loan and can be borrowed for 8 weeks (undergraduates and taught masters students) or for the academic year (research students and staff)
  • Core texts are available in short loan collections in some libraries and need to be returned by the time specified. Some libraries also have a high use collection, these books may not be borrowed.


  • Borrowing
  • High use collection available in AB307




Borrowing books: distance learners (UK only)

Specific services are in place for distance learners, part-time and placement students, including:

  • Postal loans
  • Postal photocopies

Borrowing books from other University of Nottingham UK library sites (UK only)

In UK libraries, students can borrow books from any of the different library sites.

Additionally, the Inter Site Loans service enables you to request items held in other University of Nottingham libraries, to be sent to the library of your choice. Use NUsearch to place a request on the book and choose where you would like to collect it.

Borrowing journals

Most journal titles are for reference only. In the UK, books and journals which are for reference only are marked on the library catalogues with the words 'Not for Loan' or 'Restr. Access'.

Contacting you

The library's policy is to send notices about requested items, inter-library loans, overdue items or imminently due items to your University email address.

Please check your University email regularly if you have books on loan, including during vacations.

Notices will be sent by post to groups such as some nursing students, Continuing Education students and NHS staff, where we cannot extract an email address automatically from the University databases.

Keeping your account secure

It is very important that you do not lend your card to anyone or allow anyone access to it.

You must also keep your Library PIN secure. Your Library PIN is the 4 digit number which identifies you as the owner of your card. You are advised to change your default Library PIN to a secure number of your choice via the Library Online Catalogue [UK: NUsearch, China: NUsearch-UNNC, Malaysia: UNMCLOC].

Replacing your University card

If you lose your University card, you must report this immediately. You should also inform the library [UK, China, Malaysia] so that a block can be placed on your card to prevent others using it. Contact details of who you should contact to report your card as lost are:


  • Security Office
Self issuing
Student using self-issue system 




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Further reading

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People who can help

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