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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

You may normally borrow items for up to three weeks, and you can renew via your library account or by telephone, as long as the item has not been requested by another user. If another user has reserved the item, you may have to return it sooner. 

Fines are charged if you do not return or renew the items on time. There are also restrictions on borrowing where library fines are owed.

If the book you require is out on loan to another user, you can reserve it so that it is returned more quickly, after which it is 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.

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.


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.