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If you need help in finding or searching E-resources please contact your Information Skills Adviser (please see below). Contact regarding problems accessing e-resources.

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Students have access to books and DVDS in our libraries as well as electronic resources (e-resources), these include e-books, journal articles, databases and more. To access these resources you will need your student IT account username and password. 

How do I borrow physical items?

We’ve got over 200,000 books and DVDs across our libraries. Use the self-issue machines to borrow an item, these are situated close to our help desks in all our libraries. 

You can also check what books you have out on your account via the self-issue machines.

How do I access electronic resources?

Search the library catalogue to find the resources you need. When you click on the link to access an item you will be asked to sign in with your LSBU username and password. You can get general help with finding and accessing resources at our help desks or online. For more advanced help and guidance, see your library subject guide or contact our team of professional librarians - see contact details on your subject guide.

                            How do I place a hold?

You can place a hold at our help desks or via email. If a book that you wish to borrow is unavailable, a 'hold' will reserve a copy for you when one is returned to the library. 

Please contact us with the details listed below via or visit our help desk. 

  • Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Username
  • Book Title
  • Author
  • Edition
  • Campus where you wish to collect (Southwark, Havering or Croydon)

Students and staff can only place a hold for books and DVDs from our catalogue when all the loanable copies are out on loan. We’ll email you when a copy is ready for you to collect. Holds are collected from the holds shelf located close to the library help desk.

How many items can I borrow?

  Books DVDs 'Teaching Practice' Books
Undergraduate student 20 5 15
Postgraduate student 20 5 15
Short course student 4 0 0
Access/widening participation student 1 0 0
Alumni with borrowing rights 5 0 0
University staff 20 5 15
SCONUL access scheme members from other Universities 4 0 0

How long can I borrow items for?

  • Most books can be borrowed for 2 weeks but some less used titles can be borrowed for 4 weeks
  • DVDs can be borrowed for 2 weeks
  • Teaching practice items can be borrowed for 12 weeks

How do I renew my items?

We’ll automatically renew items on your record a week before they are due back as long as

  • Other borrowers haven’t reserved them
  • Your library record with us isn’t expiring in the next few days, and isn’t blocked due to having incurred more than £10 in fines

Please look out for our library renewal emails which will let you know if your renewals have been successful (and the new due dates for your items) or if some items can’t be renewed and need to be returned to us.

It’s important to check these emails carefully when you get them. If an item has been reserved by another student, it must be returned by the due date. We charge fines for items which are returned late.

How do I returning books and DVDs that I have borrowed?

Books can be returned at the library returns terminals close to our help desks. These terminals will give you a receipt for items you return. If you don't want to come into the building you can still drop items at the book returns bin outside our entrance doors.

Alternatively you can return items by post using our Freepost Service. Please ensure that the books are securely packaged.

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How much are the fines?

  • If you keep overdue items that are on hold then we will charge heavy fines: £2 per day per item (up to a maximum of £20 per item)
  • There will be a two day grace period on these fines: if an item is returned in the first two days overdue then we won’t fine you but from the 3rd day the fine of £6 will be charged (and will increase by £2 each day after that if the item is still not returned)
  • If an item still isn't returned we will bill you for the replacement cost of the item
  • If you incur charges on your record of more than £10 then you won't be able to borrow more items from us until this fine is reduced

Forgotten or lost student ID card

If you forget to bring your student ID card to campus, you can ask for a 'day pass' at the Perry Library reception desk or the Havering Campus reception desk.

If you want to borrow any items, come to the help desk with your 'day pass' - please check opening times first.

If you have lost your student ID card, you can order a new one on line below, please remember to let the Library know so we can update your record with the new card so that you can continue to use the self-issue machines.

Order New Student Card

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Borrowing items from our other campuses

If you need a book or DVD which is only available at our other campus library, we can send it over for you to collect at the library you normally visit.

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