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Borrowing from the Library
Plymouth University staff and students are automatically members of the library. You will need your Plymouth University card to access the library building and to borrow from the library stock. Library membership expires when your course ends or your staff contract expires.

The Library is open 24/7/365 and has self-service machines to borrow and return. Library staff will be happy to help if you have any problems with the machines.

Issue, Return & Renew


When you borrow items, the machine will print an issue receipt showing the dates your loans are due for return or renewal. Remember to renew your loans regularly. If an item has a queue of requests you can only borrow it for 7 days. Check your receipt carefully. Please be aware that if your issued item is subsequently requested, the due date may change. See Requests and Recalls and Overdue Loans & Charges  for further information
There are four Self-issue machines on level 1 in the main foyer, and a machine on level 0 and level 2.


Returns receipts will show the date and time that an item was returned. Please keep this receipt until you have checked all items have been cleared from your library account. A receipt is accepted as proof of return.

The self-return unit is located on level 1 in the main foyer.


You can renew your books via  Primo.

Sign in to Primo (at the top right of the page) using your university username and password.  

Choose 'Library account' to see all the items currently on loan to you. 

To renew, click 'renew all' or select the items you require and click 'renew selected'.  You will now see an updated due date.

If your account has been suspended due to overdue charges or lost items, or the item you wish to renew has been requested by someone else, you will see 'not renewable' next to the item.  If you are unsure why your items are not renewable or you have any other queries please contact the library by email at  libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk telephone (01752) 588588, or in person at the information desk.

Borrowing Entitlement

Who? How many? How long?
Students 20 *6weeks
Staff 20 *6weeks

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students

20 *6 weeks
Plus an additional 40 from the School Experience Collection (SEC) *16 weeks
Associate 6 *6 weeks
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. Therefore, loans may be due back during vacation periods.

*Unless requested. If an item is recalled you will be asked to return it within 7 days, or by the existing due date, whichever is sooner. Late return of a recalled item will result in overdue charges

Equipment Loan period Additional Information
Video camera
Digital stills camera
MP3 / Voice recorder
Loaned for 7 days. The equipment can't be renewed online. There is no charge to borrow. Overdue charges will occur if an item is reserved by another user and not returned on time.
Media equipment loans should be collected and returned to the Information Desk on level 1 of the library

Reference only items cannot be taken out of the library. These items will usually be indicated by a sticker, stamp or a ‘Ref’ label on the spine. Most journals are reference only.

Inter Library Loans (ILL) are lent from the British Library or an alternative library. These items can have varying due dates and in some cases are reference only.

You should check your library account and University emails regularly. 

Modified 29/03/2019