The number of books you can borrow and for how long, depends on the visitor access arrangement you are using. Due to the current public health situation, you must contact us to book an appointment each time you wish to access the Library.
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.
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.
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
If your loans have not automatically renewed, it may be because:
We will continue to try and automatically renew your loans. If you want to renew your loans yourself you can do it by using
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.
Type of loan
Fine per day
Maximum fine amount
Standard and Week loans
£1.00 per day
up to £20.00 per item
You will be blocked from borrowing and renewing if:
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. 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 via email. 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.
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
School Experience artefacts
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.