Our library spaces are closed due to COVID-19 but we are offering a book collection service to enable you to access texts that aren’t available electronically. Please see our Guide to Library Services during COVID-19 for more information.

If you are registered with Disability Learning Support, have eligibility for extended loans and are unable to come on site please see our postal loans information. 

How do I search for books and other items?

To search for an item in our libraries, simply log in and use our Library Search.

You can search for materials in both print and electronic format, and you can access the search from University or home.

You might also want to look through the University's archive collections.

How do I borrow items?

You can borrow items using the self-service machines in our libraries. If you need any help, please contact us via our live chat.

What can I borrow?

You can borrow most of our:

  • books
  • CDs
  • DVDs and videos

Journals and newspapers are only for reference use in the library.

How many items can I borrow at a time?

Students, staff and associate students can borrow up to 40 items at a time. 

Items are automatically extended to two weeks for students registered with Disability Learning Support.

How do I renew an item?

Books are automatically renewed unless:

  • you have overdue loans
  • your account is blocked
  • your library membership has expired

Check your account regularly to remain up to date with your library record.

Inter-library loan requests can only be renewed once and you will have to contact the ILL team to do so.

Where do I return my books?

We are asking continuing students to hold onto their books until normal service resumes to reduce the risk to students and staff. All items on loan will automatically renew until we are able to accept returns. If you are a completing student please contact us via our live chat or email [email protected]

What happens if I return my item after the due date?

Under normal circumstances (when libraries are open and operating as usual), if you return a requested item late, your library account will be blocked. This means that you will not be allowed to borrow or request items for the length of time the book was overdue, and this may prevent other loans on your account being automatically renewed. Bring your requested books back by the due date to avoid this happening.

For more details and to check our library rules, read through our library regulations:

I can't find the item I need - what should I do?

Check the catalogues of other academic libraries in the UK.

If you can't find what you need, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian via the Library Guides website.

If your librarian does purchase the item, note that printed books can take 4-6 weeks to arrive. E-books can be made available more quickly, but there is a limited range of titles available.

I'm an Alumni member. Can I use the Library?

The University policy at this time is that only current University of Westminster staff and students are allowed on-site, so unfortunately, there are no on-site library services for alumni.