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Our books and journals


eBooks are electronic versions of the printed books you might find on the library shelves with the added advantages of access at anytime and easy navigation. You can read our eBooks online, using your device's web browser. You can also download for offline viewing.

For an overview of our eBook collections and how to access them go to our eBook Guide.  EBooks can only be accessed by current staff and students and you need a University IT account to do so. 

Finding books

You can find all our print books and ebooks via our Library Search, Summon, and our Library Catalogue, KOHA. Both can be accessed via our Library Resources Page.  

When you search for a title the accompanying information will tell you if it is available in print, with the loan period and location or electronic format. You may also have a online reading list for your module which will also link you directly to the details of the book in library search or library catalogue.

Printed book collections

Print books are available at all of our campus libraries - Thompson, Blackheath Lane and Shrewsbury. 

The loan period is generally 2 weeks, but there are some that cannot be loaned. Most users can borrow up to 17 books at a time. The book is automatically renewed if nobody has requested it or it has reached the maximum renewals limit.  There is a recall charge of £1.00 per day for any items not returned by the due date.

Books are organised in number order, which is called the Dewey Decimal System. Each number relates to a subject. So when you find the number of the book and you go to that number on the shelves you will find other books on that subject if they have the same number.  Shelf ends are labelled with the numbers for books on that shelf.

Remember if the book you want is on loan you can request it.