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How to borrow a book: Quick guide

A step by step guide to borrowing books

How to borrow a book in 3 easy steps

1.  Carry out a library search


Is the item available?   If not, click here to find out how to reserve an item.


Make a note of the title, author and call number/class mark.
Call numbers and classmarks tell you exactly where the item will be lo
cated on the shelves.


Click here to find out more information on how books are organised in the library.

For more information on using Library Search, click here.

2.  Locate on the shelves


Use library signage and floor plans to navigate your way around the library to find where items with the call number/classmark are located


​Click here to find floor plans and more of the library you are in.

3.  Borrow the book 

Take the book to the self-issue machine and scan your student ID card.

Scan the book.

Make a note of the book's return date which will appear on screen.


To find out how many books you can borrow and for how long, click here.

To find out how to renew items, click here.


To return books


Take the book to the returns machine.

Scan the book and the book will be removed from your record.

If you get an error message, ask a member of library staff for help or email 

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