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Using the Library

Our Libraries are open to students for studying as well as browsing of print collections. 

As a member of the University of Derby, you have access to our print and online collections. We have access to 700,000 eBooks and 250,000 print books. We also have access to journals both within our Libraries and online. In addition if we don't have access to the item you are looking for try requesting an Inter-Library Loan.

How do I borrow items from the Library?

You can either browse the shelves and then take out the item or you can reserve the item (see section below) and then collect the book from the Reservations area when you are notified that it is ready.

How do I access eBooks or journals online?

To access our online collection the best place to start is Library Plus as well as our Catalogue.

Most eBooks should have 24-hour access (on and off campus) as well as work on mobile devices. Some of the licences we can purchase do vary so please get in touch if you're having any problems accessing what you need.

Loan allowances

You can borrow up to 15 items and they are issued for one week. Items are now automatically renewed unless they are recalled for another borrower. If the item is recalled for another borrower you will be notified of the date the book needs to be returned by. Items returned late will incur a fine of 50p per day.

It is important to keep a regular check on your Library account to ensure nothing is required to be returned. If charges occur; they can be managed in your account. The maximum charge on any one item is £20 per transaction. You'll temporarily lose your borrowing rights if items are not returned, and you have more than £10 owing on your account.

Non returned / lost or damaged items

In the following cases we'll request that an item is either replaced or the replacement cost is paid for in full:

  • The item has been lost
  • The item is damaged beyond repair
  • The item is returned with a part missing

You may be asked to return your books to the library if they are requested by another user (you will be notified by email to your Unimail account).

How do I return books?

At Derby and Buxton, you can return books to the book box 'Library Book Vault' outside the main entrances; of the atrium at Kedleston Road, and at the side entrance of the Buxton Dome.

If the item you need is not on the shelf, is on loan, or is at another site, you can reserve the item. Reservations can be placed using the Library Catalogue. You can have up to 8 active reservations which can be collected from the site of your choice

SCONUL Access Scheme

If you are a student from another University in the UK or the Republic of Ireland you may be interested in the SCONUL Access scheme.

Post-graduate, part-time, distance, and placement students can apply to join the scheme in order to borrow materials from the University of Derby libraries. Members will also be provided with limited access to computing facilities.

Full-time undergraduate students may be able to join the scheme to use the University's resources for reference only.

Members of the public

Members of the public are welcome to use the University Libraries as visitors. You will need to bring some ID and sign in to get a day pass.

This will enable you to use the Library to study. If you want to bring your own device there is visitor wifi available.

If you want to borrow books from the Library you need to register as an external borrower.

There is an annual £50 membership fee. Membership for Alumni of the University is free.

You will need to fill in an application form which will be provided at the Library service desk. If you are an Alumni you will need to bring proof you studied at the University (student card or certificate).

External borrower membership allows the following

  • You can borrow five loanable items at a time, but it does not include any electronic resources.
  • Items are issued for one week and automatically renew unless reserved by another user.
  • You cannot reserve items.

Library support for distance, online learning and off campus students

We support students on:

  • Online learning programmes
  • Distance learning programmes
  • Research programmes, when living outside Derby city and not employed by the University

Postal loans

We offer a postal loan service of University of Derby stock

  • We can only post books within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We are unable to post paper copies of books if we hold the title as an eBook.
  • You can search for and reserve your books using the online library catalogue.

Books are sent to you by Recorded Delivery in a padded bag. They will require a signature on receipt so please let us know if you would like us to post them to an alternative address. Please reuse the padded bag to return your items and send them by Recorded Delivery. A return address label is provided in the package for you to use. We pay for the postage out to you, and you pay for the return postage.