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Borrowing - students: Borrowing - students

Borrowing from the library for students - how many, how long, how to renew and reserve and all about overdues and fines

How many books can I borrow and how long can I borrow them for?

The number of books you can borrow and for how long, depends on your course. Select your course type below to see more detail.

How many loans?
  • 15 items
  • plus 1 laptop
For how long?
  • Standard loans - 3 weeks
  • Week loans - 1 week
  • School Experience Resources - 6 weeks
  • Laptop loans - earliest of 4 hours / until library closes
How many loans?
  • 20 items
  • plus 1 laptop
For how long?
  • Standard loans - 3 weeks
  • Week loans - 1 week
  • School Experience Resources - 6 weeks
  • Laptop loans - earliest of 4 hours / until library closes
How many loans?
  • 15 items
  • plus 1 laptop
For how long?
  • Standard loans - 4 weeks
  • Week loans - 2 weeks
  • School Experience Resources - 6 weeks
  • Laptop loans - earliest of 4 hours / until library closes
How many loans?
  • 20 items
For how long?
  • Standard loans - 90 days
  • Week loans - 1 week
  • School Experience Resources - 90 days

How do I borrow and return books?

You can use the library catalogue to search for the items you need, we also have library catalogues located on each floor of the library. Once you've found the items you need, use one of our self-service kiosks located on floors 1 and 2, to borrow your books. If you need any help, come and see us at the Library Service Desk.

You can return items to the library using the book returns box located just outside the main library doors. You can also return the items using our self-service kiosks inside the library.

Renewing books

The library will automatically try to renew your loans for you before they're due, we'll then send you an email explaining the outcome. Please read this email carefully as there will be two sections - one for loans which have not been automatically renewed, and one for loans which have been automatically renewed. 

Laptops cannot be renewed - we need to allow time for the batteries to charge.

Inter-library loans cannot be automatically renewed, however we may be able to manually renew these books for you – check our inter-library loan page for the limits and cost of this.

If your loan was issued for 7 or 14 days, we'll try and renew it 4 days before it's due. For all other loans, we'll try and renew them 7 days before they're due.

You can keep track of your loans with ‘My Account’ on the library catalogue.

What do I need to do?

If your loans have automatically renewed

  • you don't need to do anything! Your email will let you know what date your loans are now due back, but before they're due we'll try and automatically renew them again for you.
  • we'll carry on automatically renewing your loans for a maximum of 50 times, or your library account expires.

If your loans have not automatically renewed, it may be because:

  • someone has reserved one of your loans. You will need to bring the item(s) back otherwise you will be fined. We'll email you 2 days, and 1 day before the item is due back to remind you.
  • there's a problem with your library account. If you think this is the case, please contact us. Unless we confirm otherwise, your loans will still be due back on their existing due date.

We will continue to try and automatically renew your loans. If you want to renew your loans yourself you can do it by using

  • My Account’ in the library catalogue
  • our self-service kiosks

Fines and overdue items

We only charge fines for items we've not been able to automatically renew, which then become overdue if they've not been returned. This helps everyone get access to books.

Our fines are:

Type of loan

Fine per day

Maximum fine amount

Standard and Week loans

£1.00 per day

up to £20.00 per item

Inter-library loans

£2.50 per day

up to £50.00 per item


50p per hour

up to £50.00 per item

You will be blocked from borrowing and renewing if:

  • your fines add up to £10.00 or more
  • you keep items overdue for more than 21 days (laptops 7 days)

To remove the block you need to return overdue items and pay your fines.

We send an email 2 days and 1 day, before items are due (except for laptop loans). If you don’t receive it, you are still responsible for returning items on time and for any fines.

Get in touch with us to discuss your overdues, fines and other charges if you are finding it difficult to get into the library to return your books or you are in financial difficulty.

We send you reminders about overdues to your Newman email address. After 4 emails, if you still haven’t returned your overdue items, we will send you a letter.

Our last resort is to refer you to a debt collection agency.


Is the item you want on loan? You can reserve it using the library catalogue.

You can make up to 5 reservations at one time.

We email your Newman email address when your reserved item is available.

If there is a queue of other people who have also reserved the item, we just loan it to you for a week.

You can cancel a reservation using ‘My Account’ on the library catalogue or ask us to cancel it for you.

Postal loans

You can ask us to send you some books within the UK by post using our Postal loan request form. Please email your completed form to us.

We charge £7.50 for each request (you can have up to 4 books per request) to cover postage and packing. You can pay over the phone using a credit or debit card and we will start on your request as soon as we have your completed form and payment.

We do not post:

  • books available as e-books

  • inter-library loans

  • reference materials

  • School Experience artefacts

  • week loans

The items:

  • are your responsibility as soon as they are loaned to your borrower account.

  • should reach you within 2 days. We will let you know about any delays in sending them. If you have not received them within 3 days, please contact us.

  • are sent recorded delivery, so you will need to sign for the parcel.

You can return items in person or by recorded delivery post, but you will receive fines if they arrive with us after the due date.

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