How do I find books in the library?

Use the library search to find a book, DVD or other resource you're interested in.

Each item has a number listed under Shelfmark. Multiple copies of the same book all have the same number – the number is determined by subject matter and, usually, the surname of the author.

Make a note of the number and then make your way to the shelves ...


Web Design in a Nutshell (Title)

004.6 NIE (Shelfmark)

004.6 = Data processing and Computer Science: Interfacing and Communications (subject matter)

NIE = author Jennifer Niederst-Robbin

Frequently asked questions

How many books can I take out?

All students and staff can borrow up to 25 items.

These can be any combination of items - books, audiovisual materials, DVDs, CDs etc.

How long can I keep books for?

There is a standard loan period of 30 days for all items, except those that are marked as reference only.

Items will have one automatic renewal for a further 30 days. After that, you will need to renew items online or in person.

There is no limit on the number of times an item can be renewed.

However, if an item you have on loan is recalled, i.e. someone places a reservation on it, you have seven days to return it. This allows fair access to high demand items.

What are the overdue fines?

Fines are only charged on items that have been recalled and not returned within seven days. They are charged at 50p per day (not including weekends or closed days).

You won't be charged fines if you have simply forgotten to renew your item and it becomes overdue. However, once an item is overdue for 28 days, you will be invoiced for the replacement cost of the item as well as a £5.00 administration fee. Once you return the item, the replacement cost will be removed, but you will still have the £5.00 administration fee to pay.

If fines are above £10.00 you will be not be able to borrow or renew items until you have paid.

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If Library items aren’t returned or are lost/damaged, you will temporarily have library privileges withdrawn and replacement costs will be charged at the full current price of the item.

Invoices for lost or damaged books will normally be added to your library account, and can be viewed and paid online. 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?

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

Once you have been notified that your reservation is available, you will have seven days to pick it up.

Unfortunately, you cannot reserve eBooks.

Most of the books are shelved in numerical order, from 000 to 999.

After numerical order, books are arranged in alphabetical order of author's surname. Each book has the number labelled on the spine.

Place a reservation

You can only place a reservation if your book is out on loan, or at another campus.

You can place a reservation through the Library Search on books which are already out on loan, or available at another campus.

To do this, click ‘Reserve this item’ on the page for that item. You will be asked to log into your library account along the way. 

Once available, items are on hold for you for seven days. Please check the 'Reservations' tab on your library account to see when your reservations are available for collection.

Request a Purchase

If the library doesn't hold a title you need, use one of these forms:



JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.

Contact us


Edit section | Website feedback to