You may borrow books from our standard collections for a semester. Books must be returned by the end of the semester.
For full details of current semester dates see the University's key dates.
If all standard copies of the book you require are on loan you may request a copy through Library Search.
If another customer requests the book, you may need to return it before the end of a semester; if this is the case, we will contact you. For further information see: What do I do if a book I have is recalled?
High Demand collections
Items in our High Demand collections may be borrowed for one night.
Further information can be found within the High Demand Collection pages.
Some items are for use only in Library and may not be borrowed. These are marked 'Reference only'.
How do I borrow a book?
Self-service machines are located on Blue Ground floor and within the High Demand Collection at the Main Library.
You will need your Library card.
Instructions for using the self-issue machines are displayed on the touch screens but please do ask a member of Library staff for help if you need it.
You will be unable to use the self-service machines if:
- Your Library card is blocked due to unpaid fines/overdue loans and recalls
- Your Library card is damaged
- Your Library card is expired
- You have reached your loan quota
If you have an android device, you can also issue books using our CheckOut app.
How many books can I borrow?
Staff and students at The University of Manchester, and other users with borrowing entitlements, can borrow:
|University of Manchester Staff||Up to 50 books||Yes - for up to 1 year|
|University of Manchester Research Postgraduate||Up to 40 books||Yes - for up to 1 semester|
|University of Manchester Taught-course Postgraduate||Up to 25 books||Yes - for up to 1 semester|
|University of Manchester Undergraduate||Up to 25 books||Yes - for up to 1 semester|