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Welcome to Library and Learning Services: Borrowing

An introduction to help you to make the most of DMU Library and Learning Services

How many items can I borrow?

You will need to use a range of material for your studies.

At one time you can borrow:

  • 24 books
  • 10 Audiovisual items
  • 4 DVDs/Videos on 7 day loan
  • 2 books from Short Loan
  • 2 DVDs/Videos from Short Loan


Normal loan items may be recalled if they are reserved by another user.

Fines are charged if you do not return or renew the items on time.

Finding books

To find books you need to use the Library Catalogue.

You can use the search box below to conduct a quick keyword search of the catalogue to find materials in the library.



Finding Items

All library materials are classified according to the Dewey Decimal system. Each item will have a shelfmark consisting of a number followed by the first three letters of the author’s name.

Remember to write down the full shelfmark when noting the details of useful books.

The catalogue will also include details of whether the item is held in the Kimberlin Library or the Law Library (Hugh Aston Building).

In addition to the main sequence of books, look out for shelfmarks for items in other collections such as Short loan, Reference, Large Books, Pamphlets, Special Collections and Media.

For more information see the online guide How to use the library catalogue and understanding shelfmarks 

This guide tells you in more detail what the shelfmarks mean and has more information on where items are located in the library.

Returning Items

Kimberlin: Post items through the return slots in the foyer. You will receive a receipt listing all returned items. If the library is closed please use the return “bin” outside.

Law Library: borrow and return books at the Service Desk during opening hours.

If you are borrowing DVDs from the Kimberlin Library, please check whether the disc is in the box when you take it from the shelf. If the disc is not in its box, you will need to collect it from the Service Desk during staffed hours.

Borrowing Items

You will need your library card and your library PIN to do this.

Borrowing items: use the self-issue machines on the Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor of the Kimberlin Library. You will receive a receipt listing the date each item is due to be returned to the library.

Renewing Items

You can renew items due for return provided they are not reserved by another user. You may use the "My account" feature in the Library catalogue to renew your books from wherever you have internet access. Remember you will need your student P number and your library pin to access "My account".

 Please note:

All Kimberlin short loan items must be renewed in person at Kimberlin.

All items from the Law Library Short Loan must be renewed in person at the Law Library.