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Welcome to Library and Learning Services: Borrowing and Returning

Borrowing Items

To borrow books use the self-issue machines on the Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor of Kimberlin Library. You will need your university student card and your Library PIN to do this. You will receive a receipt listing the date each item is due to be returned to the Library.  

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

If the book you require is out on loan to another user, you can reserve it so that once it is returned it will held for you to come and collect. 

Forgotten your Library PIN?

If you don't have your PIN number, or would just prefer to have something more memorable to you , you can reset it here. Click on the image below to reset. 

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 or book title.

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

‚ÄčReturning books

To return books to the Kimberlin Library, simply post items through the return slots in the foyer. You will receive a receipt listing all returned items. If the Library is closed, use the return book drop outside.

To return books to the Law Library, you will need to take them to the Library counter during opening hours.


How long can I have books out for?

When you take an item out, the initial loan will be for two weeks, and at the end of that period we will automatically renew it for you for a further two weeks – and continue to do so until someone else reserves the item, you finish with it and bring it back or you reach 99 renewals. You don’t need to log in or call us: it will happen automatically without you needing to ask for it.

An item will not be renewed if someone else has reserved it, but you are guaranteed to have it for the full two weeks and will not be asked to bring it back any earlier.

We will email you if an item cannot be renewed. This will be using your DMU email, or the email address you provided when you joined us. If you don’t hear from us, your items will have been renewed for a further two weeks.

If we need a book back and can’t renew it for you, we will tell you five days before it’s due, with a reminder on the day before it is due back. Fines will be charged if a reserved item isn’t brought back by or on its due date.

Don’t forget you can always check to see what you have out on loan, and when your items are due back, by logging in to your account on the Library catalogue, at

The following categories are not included in auto-renewals, and fines will still apply if these are returned late:

  • Inter Library loans
  • Short loan items

If you have any queries please contact (0116) 257 7042 or email