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Reserving books

What can I reserve?

All items which are currently on loan to other users may be reserved through our on-line catalogue. We ask the user to return the material and notify you by e-mail when it is ready for collection.

Which books may not be reserved?

Any material which appears as 'available', even if it is missing from the shelf.

How do I make a reservation?
  • Find the item on the on-line Library catalogue screen
  • Click the 'Request' button (at the top of the page)
  • Enter your first and last names in that order
  • Enter your 10-digit Library borrower's number (e.g. 0180123456) without leaving any spaces (for security reasons this will appear as *****)
  • Click the 'Submit' button
  • Select the item/s you wish to reserve
  • Click the 'Send' button
  • Your reservation request has now been sent to the Library
How many reservations can I make?

You may reserve up to 3 items at any one time.


You need to check your e-mail or your Library Record regularly to find out whether your reservation is ready for pickup

  • Reserved One Week Loan and Long Loan items are held for you for 4 working days]
Canceling reservations

We encourage you to cancel any reservations you no longer require, for the benefit of the next person in the queue.

This can be done in two ways:

  • Through your own library record on the Library catalogue
  • At the Issue Desk on Level E (Ground Floor)