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Using the Library

Find information on borrowing from our collections and visiting us.

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Using the Libraries

University members can borrow up to 99 items - except for those on short and pre-sessional courses who are limited to 12 items. You will need to have your Unicard on you to borrow.
  • Long loan items are issued for 3 weeks
  • 7 day loans are issued for a week
  • Due to the Christmas closure period all library items are now being issued until January 2021.
Log in to your library account. Your Account shows what you have on loan and when things are due back. It also lets you renew items and pay fines using your Unicard.
If the book you want is on loan or at another university site library you can reserve it via the library catalogue. This means we’ll hold it for you at the library of your choice once it’s returned. We’ll send you an email once the item is ready to collect. You’ll have 7 days to pick it up. You are limited to 10 reservations at a time. Teaching Resources can also be reserved with the exception of ‘reading sets’ and ‘big books’.
7 day and long loans are automatically renewed unless they have been reserved. You do not need to do anything! You will receive an email letting you know which loans have been renewed and which have not. If an item is reserved by another user you will be given 7 days to return it. Any items not returned by the due date will incur fines. If you have overdue items you may not be able to renew any other items. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from returning an item please contact your campus library. If you need to manually renew an item you can do this by contacting your library, or by logging in to your library account.
Books can be returned to any of the university libraries – you don’t need to return them to the library you got them from. The exception is interlibrary loan items which must be returned to the library they were borrowed from. You can return University of Brighton items by post to the site library address but they will incur charges if they arrive late or are lost.
You will be charged fines if you are late returning an item on loan:
  • Books – 50p a day
You can pay your fines online using your Unicard by logging into your library account.
If you need an article from a print journal held at another University of Brighton site library, please complete the form - remember to sign the copyright declaration! We’ll email you a scan of the article.

Yes. We have an Inter-Library loan service that can obtain books and articles from other libraries in the UK. If you need to request an item that we don't hold in one of our libraries please complete this form - remember to agree to the copyright declaration!

We will then try to source the item from another library and will email you once we have it available for you.

Books are usually lent for a maximum of 5 weeks. The British Library charge at least £5.25 for overdue loans and renewals and these charges must be met by the borrower. If you want to request a renewal, contact before the due date and they will check with the lending library to see if this is possible.

Interlibrary loan entitlements

  • Undergraduate student (not final year) up to 3 interlibrary loans per academic year
  • Final year undergraduate student up to 10 interlibrary loans per academic year
  • Taught postgraduate student up to 15 interlibrary loans per academic year
  • Research student - unlimited interlibrary loans
  • Staff - unlimited interlibrary loans to support University of Brighton work or research
  • Partner college student, external borrower, intermitting student and UBIC staff and students are not entitled to interlibrary loans.

Members of the university resident in the UK can join Brighton and Hove libraries. Registration can be done online and gives immediate access to their online resources.

If you are on placement in the NHS or working on an NHS project then you may be eligible to join the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Libraries. Please see the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Libraries webpages for details.

The SCONUL scheme and access to the University of Sussex library are both currently suspended due to Covid-19.
When you leave the university you will need to return all loans and pay any fines. Alumni are entitled to free membership of the library renewable annually at no cost - for details see the University of Brighton Alumni website.
If you want to study in the library or to browse the shelves for items book a study space here. You do not need to book if you are just coming in to pick up books you have ordered.

If you want to use a PC book a PC here.

You can make 2 bookings per day of up to 2 hours each for individual study. These slots can be booked consecutively to give a total of 4 hours, or at 2 different times in the day. Please have your email confirmation ready to show to staff at the library entrance. Please don't turn up early for your booking and please vacate your booking ten minutes before the end of your time slot.

Students who would like to undertake the remote learning element of their courses using study spaces and University PC can do so by choosing the campus, searching for resource type ‘Remote Learning’ and book one of the Open Access PC/iMacs. You will need to bring your own headphones/mics. Please do also remember that these PCs are for individual use only.

Libraries have reduced study space available due to the need to enforce social distancing. This means that group study spaces are not available. Study spaces are available for indivudal study only.
Our helpdesks are open for short enquiries. You can also contact

Food, snacks and hot drinks are not allowed in the libraries.

Bottled water is allowed and there are are water fountains for refilling.

All our libraries have:
  • Lifts
  • Refuge areas in case of emergency
  • Induction loops
  • RNIB Bookshare – a free service for print disabled readers – is available to registered students. Contact your library or subject team to register.
  • Your subject team can also help source course materials in alternative formats. Please contact them or your library to set up an appointment where we can discuss your needs and how best to meet them.
We try to ensure that all our online services, including My Brighton and the online library, meet usability and accessibility requirements and the standards issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). If you find that they do not, please let us know by contacting the Service Desk, your Information Adviser or your nearest library help desk. For advice on free accessibility tools see the JISC guide to Free and open source software recommendations​.
We have the following equipment available in libraries
  • Height adjustable desks
  • Scanners
  • Digital magnifiers
If you need to use a height adjustable desk please select "Resource Type: Accessible PC" when you book a PC.

Visiting and Using the Libraries: Printable Guide