Renewals and Fines

You can renew your loans online through the library catalogue, or via the self-service machines.

  • Your student / staff ID is the six-figure ID number on your university ID card.
  • Your Student PIN is your birth date (DDMMYY).
  • For your staff PIN, ask a member of the Library team.

Library loans

You can renew your loans up to 10 times. You won't be able to renew your loans if there are holds on the item(s), or if you have outstanding debts or overdue loans.

Please note: it's your responsibility to ensure loans are returned or renewed on time.


You can pay Library fines at the front library desk, or on the Hub.

  • There may be a delay of up to 2 working days before online Hub payments are reflected on your Library account
  • Please type 'Library fine' in the 'What are you paying for?' section.
  • Please make sure that all overdue items are renewed or returned before  making an online payment so that the amount owed is calculated correctly.

Frequently asked questions

How many books can I take out?

Loan allocations can be made up of any combination of items - books, audiovisual materials, DVDs, CDs etc.*

*The library also provides access to over 230,000 ebooks.

Students on taught courses (Undergraduate, Masters, PGCE) 15 items
Students on research programmes 25 items
Academic staff 25 items
Professional services staff 15 items

PGCE students are able to borrow an additional 10 Schools Resources items (up to a maximum of 25 items).


How long can I keep books for?

Loan TypeHow long?
Standard loan (no band) 3 weeks
Red Band 7 days
CDs 7 days
Reference (Blue band) Not for loan

What are the overdue fines?

Loan TypeOverdue fines
Standard loan (no band) 25p per day
Red Band 50p per day
CDs 50p per day

The maximum fine per item is £7.50. Once this amount is reached, your account will be blocked.

If you are worried about any fines you may have, please speak to a member of the Library team and we will be happy to help.

What if I don’t return a book or it gets damaged?

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help.

If Library items aren’t returned or are lost/damaged, you will temporarily have library privileges withdrawn and be charged replacement costs at the full current price of the item, or £15 (whichever is greater).

Invoices for lost or damaged books will normally be sent to you by the University finance department and payment should be made to them. If you find and return the Library items within 6 months of the invoice being paid, we will be happy to give you a refund.

Can I reserve books that are on the shelf before I visit the library?

We do not offer a reservation service where users can "reserve" available books.

Holds can only be placed on items where all copies are out on loan, or at a campus different to your home campus.

If a book is showing as "available" at your home campus, you are expected to visit the Library to find the book on the shelves as per a first-come first-served basis.

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