Augustine House and Salomons Institute Library are open by appointment only. You can book a fifteen-minute slot to browse the shelves, borrow items, collect reservations or return items. You can also use the Click and Study service to book a study space or computer within the library.
National Lockdown: Students should remain where they are currently living and should not travel to access university facilities until the resumption of their on-campus teaching. The library can be accessed for essential use by those from the small number of exempt programmes and students with certain exceptional circumstances. See the section ‘Who can access campus facilities?’ on the supporting you during national lockdown page for guidance.
To reflect that most of our students will not be able to come into the library, the following changes are currently in place:
The Browse and Borrow service will allow you to book a 15-minute slot to browse shelves in Augustine House or Salomons Institute library and borrow items via the self-service machines. The service is available throughout the opening times of our libraries.
If you have booked a Click and Study slot, you will be able to access the shelves whenever you need to. You won’t need to book a separate slot to browse the shelves.
To prepare for your visit you can use LibrarySearch to check the availability and location of items before your arrival. Read Discover Your Library – How to find your Library books for details. You will need to use the same form to book a time to return items or to collect items from the reservations pick-up point and borrow them.
To make the self-service borrowing facilities as safe as possible, you’ll no longer need to use the touchscreen to issue items.
We’ve also introduced directional signage to help safely manage the number of visitors in the Library at one time, and the entrance and exit will also be carefully managed.
If you have used an item from the shelves but do not wish to borrow it please place the item in the green boxes provided. These will be located near to exit doors and the moving shelves. In accordance with current Government guidelines these items will then be safely stored for 72 hours to mitigate the risk of virus transmission. To help us keep all users safe please do not leave them on desks or shelves. Compliance with this measure allows us to continue offering access to the shelves.
We ask you to follow the current Health and Safety guidance:
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to the virus, consider the following questions:
If you answer yes to any of the above questions, then please do not leave home. Please ensure you follow the gov.uk guidance on self-isolation.
You can borrow most print and audio-visual items held in our libraries. The only exceptions are journals and items marked as Reference. We also have some Special Collections, including theses, which are not available on our open shelves. We loan laptops through the iborrow loan scheme.
You can borrow a total of:
Students eligible for extended loans (by arrangement with the Student Disability Service) will have 7-day loan items issued for 14 days.
All loans, except for 24-hour loan items, will be renewed automatically on a rolling basis (in accordance with the loan period of the item), unless the item is reserved by another user.
If your loan has been requested then it will not be renewed; you will be notified by email that the loan will need returning.
If you encounter any problems then please contact us as soon as possible for assistance.
If you require somebody to borrow library items on your behalf, please email email@example.com with the name of your nominated proxy borrower. You will receive an acknowledgement email with guidelines on how items can be collected.
You can cancel your proxy borrowing arrangement at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can review the items you have on loan by logging into LibrarySearch and clicking on My Account. We’ll also email you a monthly statement with details of the items you have on loan.
It’s important you check your library account or monthly statement regularly, so you know when your items are due for return. If you no longer need the items you have on loan please return them for other users.
If an item you have is requested by another user, you’ll receive an email asking you to return the item. At that point, the item will stop being renewed and you must return it by the due date. If the request is satisfied before you bring your copy back, your loan will automatically renew.
You can return any of our items at any of our libraries. To return items at Augustine House and Salomons Institute Library you’ll need to book a time slot:
At Augustine House items can be returned through the self-return machines. These have been updated so you no longer need to use the touchscreen. At Salomons library items for return can be placed in the returns drop box.
If you need to return an i-borrow laptop this can be done by arrangement, email email@example.com for details.
Returning items by post
To support students during COVID-19 who may be shielding and unable to come into the library we are offering a Freepost service, if you are required to return a requested item. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details. You can also use our Freepost service if your return to campus after the winter holiday has been delayed due to the current COVID-19 measures and you need to return a requested item.
If you are not eligible to use Freepost, items can still be returned by post. We recommend that you request a free 'proof of posting' at the Post Office when you hand over the parcel. We will also accept the proof of posting date as your return date and will reduce or remove any fine that might accrue during the time that your books are in transit to us.
For Augustine House library please send to:
Library and Learning Resources,
Augustine House & Hall,
For Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology Library please send to:
Library and Learning Resources
Lucy Fildes House,
1 Meadow Rd,
There are no fines unless you’re late returning:
You can place reservations using LibrarySearch. Reservations can be placed on items if
You will be able to:
If you are unable to place a reservation on an item please contact us for assistance.
When your reserved item is returned by another user, it will be safely stored for 72 hours, to mitigate the risk of virus transmission. You should allow for this extra time when placing a reservation.
As a member of the University, you can borrow items across our entire network of libraries and if the item you want is on the shelf at another Library, we’ll bring the item to your home library for you to collect.
Place a reservation on the item using LibrarySearch and you’ll be notified by your University email address when it’s ready for collection.
You can’t reserve a copy of an item from another library if there is a copy available on the shelf at your home library or if it is a 24-hour loan.
We offer a fetching service for books and other items on our open shelves. The service is available at both Augustine House and Salomons Institute Library and is available for anyone who may have difficulty accessing the material themselves.
Please fill in this form to make a book fetching request.
If you have difficulty reading print, you can request alternative formats, also known as accessible formats.
The formats that are regularly available include: large print, Rich Text Format and PDF. Items can also be converted into braille or audio versions. Please let us know which format you require in this form.
If LibrarySearch shows that an e-book is available to you then we wouldn’t normally supply an alternative format as this can usually be used with assistive software. However, please let us know if you encounter technical difficulties.
You should submit your request using this form in advance of the semester you require it for. For us to request a digital copy:
Through the library, you will get free access to RNIB Bookshare and its 500,000 educational titles, including study skills and fiction books. Email email@example.com for login details.
While we try to supply an alternative format, it is not always possible and we suggest you also make use of the productivity software available at the University.
Borrowing and returning books is so simple with the self-service machines. If you do forget to take your books back on the due date there are automatic renewals which gives you extra time to return them - my bank account has certainly benefited the most from the fines I haven't received thanks to this!Lily Hardy-Thompson - Law StudentLaw student
You’ll find lots of digital and print resources in the library. From e-books, online journals and video streaming platforms to research material, digital newspapers, print books and more.
Scan and Deliver service has been introduced to make print only books and journals, which we only hold in the Augustine House Library, available for essential work, research or study.