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Want to request an item on loan or at another campus?

You can request items which are not available on the shelf at your library. For example, if it is only held at a different campus.

You cannot request multiple copies of the same title or titles which you already have on loan.

Want to request up to a chapter from a book or an article held in the library to be scanned and sent to you?

If you only want one chapter of a book or an article held in the library that is not already available online, you can request it to be scanned and sent to you by email using the PDF Scan service.

You cannot request more than one chapter of a book or more than one article from a copy of a journal to be scanned as this is against Copyright Law. Any requests made for more than one chapter will be cancelled as will subsequent requests for chapters from the same book or more articles from the same copy of the journal.

How to request

Log into the library website, then search for the item you want. Click 'Find in Library' under the item. If it's not on the shelf at your library, then click 'Request' or 'PDFSCan'.

How to cancel a request

If you no longer need the item you have requested, you can cancel it from your library account. You can read our FAQ on how to cancel a reservation. If you are unable to cancel the request, ask us and we will be able to help.

How long it takes

When there are copies on the shelf at another library, one of these will be sent to your library as soon as possible. There are regular deliveries between campuses, however it can take up to a week (five working days) for your request to arrive.

Please ask library staff if you have any queries.

When it's available

We send an email as soon as the item is available for you to collect. You can also see the status of your requests from your library account.

Requests are available on the Request collection shelf at each campus. You need to collect them within 7 days.

If you need longer, wait until near the end of the 7 day period and ask us. We will let you have longer if no-one is waiting for a copy.

Remember to bring your ID to borrow the item on the self service machine when you pick it up.

What does recall mean?

Recall means you need to return an item you currently have on loan as soon as possible, as another person has requested it. You will have 7 days to return it - unless the item is already due back sooner, in which case the earlier date still applies.

Recall Q&A

Q: What happens when an item I have on loan is requested by another user?
A: We will email you to ask you to return the item and will provide a new due date.

Q: Why is the date changed? My Library Receipt - Items Borrowed email says I have it for 3 weeks, can I keep the item until the original date it was due?
A: As the receipt says, "you will be asked to return an item if it has been requested. You need to return an item with 7 days' notice if it is recalled." This is to get items in demand to the next person as quickly as possible. You will have 7 days to return it.

Q: Why is my copy recalled and not my colleague's?
A: If there are several copies the item recalled is the one that has been on loan longest.

Q: Is every copy on loan recalled?
A: Only one is recalled. The other customers will be unable to renew their copy.

Q: So what if someone else brings a copy back?
A: If another item comes back sooner then we will tell you by email that you no longer need to bring the item back. We will also renew it for you.

Q: What happens if I don't return the item by the due date?
A: You will be charged 50p per day the item is overdue, to the maximum fine of £10.
Page Last Reviewed: 19th November 2021 by Diane Hilton.