Now you have your College ID, you can borrow books. 
 
At Central Library, you can do this through our temporary ‘click and collect’ service, where you can pre-order the book online and collect it from the library, saving you from having to look for the book yourself. 
 
At our medical campus libraries and Silwood Park Campus Library, you can browse the shelves to find your books. 

Our online collections: The Library is bigger than it looks

 
Although we have a large number of books, most of our collection is online. This means we are well equipped to help you if you study off-site from any location. 
 
Once you've activated your College computer account you should be able to use some of our 300,000 e-journals, e-books and databases, giving you access to millions of articles. 
 
Search for what interests you on Library Search and click on the results that show "Online full text". 
 
 

Borrowing books

How do I borrow a book?

Take the book to a self-service machine and use your College ID card to borrow it - at the Central Library they are on level 1.

Alternatively, take it to a member of staff at any of our service points.

How many books can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 40 items, they'll be issued for 1 week (3 weeks for research postgraduates) and we'll renew them automatically for you.

If someone requests a book you have on loan, we'll ask you to return it and there will be a fine if you're late (50p per day).

What happens if a book isn't on the shelf?

If you can't find the book on the shelf check Library Search - someone else might have it.

Look for information like "checked out" or "on loan until".

To get hold of it you need to Request it. Sign in to Library Search to see the Request link.

If we do not have the book in stock you can ask for it to be borrowed from another library using Document Delivery or suggest that we purchase it.

What if the Library doesn't have the book I need?

If we don't have the book you need, you can:

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These services are free!

How do I know which books I have on loan?

Each week we will send you an email detailing which books you have on loan.

Look out for other emails from Library Services: they will tell you when a book is overdue for return or if someone else has requested it.

You can also see all the books you have by signing in to your account on Library Search.