Borrowing books

Your LJMU card acts as your library card and is your passport to borrowing the hundreds of thousands of titles available in our two libraries.

Borrowing and returning books is mainly self-service. Staff can assist you with any questions you may have about the self-service machines or your library account.

As well as browsing the shelves you can also search for books in Library Discover and place a hold request on the ones you wish to borrow. You will be contacted by email when the book is ready to collect.

How many hold requests can I place?

  • Undergraduate students: 10 
  • Taught postgraduate students: 10 
  • Researchers and staff: 20 

We have invested in additional electronic textbooks where these are available and you may be able to do most of your reading online.

Please note
You will not be able to borrow books if you have overdue items nor if you owe more than £10 in library charges.

Check your library account to manage your loans and requests.

Pay any library fees or charges through the Virtual Purse.

If you are registered on an LJMU distance learning program and based within the UK, you may use our Postal Loans service (see below).


Borrowing and returning books

Click on the tabs below to find out more about borrowing and returning books.

How many library items can I borrow?

How long can I borrow items for?

How can I renew my items?

How much are library fines?

What if I keep a book overdue

What if I lose a book?

Postal Loans

If you are studying a distance learning course and you are based in the UK, you can borrow books via our postal loan service. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer this service to students based outside of the UK. If the book/s you request are in stock, and available for loan, they will be sent to you, free of charge, within five working days. Please note, you are responsible for the cost of return postage.

Register for the postal loan service

Request books

Returning books

Loan periods

Renewing books

Borrowing restrictions