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The library's collections are managed and developed to meet the needs of our students, researchers and staff. In addition to a collection of around 1,000 print journals, we also provide access to a growing collection of electronic resources, including over 800,000 ebooks and 65,000 ejournals. 

We also have around 500,000 physical books, most of which are available for borrowing. The library offers generous loan allowances and for staff and students we will automatically renew books that are on loan, unless they are required by another reader when the loan period may be shortened and you will either be asked to bring the book back or it will not automatically renew. Full details are available below.

All communications from the Library regarding your loans and your library account will be sent to your university email address, so please check this regularly. 

 

Borrowing

Undergraduate students
Total number of books that can be borrowed: 25
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 15
Auto-renewals Yes – up to a maximum loan period of 4 months, unless they are requested by another reader
Taught postgraduate students
Total number of books that can be borrowed: 25
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 15
Auto-renewals Yes – up to a maximum loan period of 4 months, unless they are requested by another reader
Research postgraduate students
Total number of books that can be borrowed: 35
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 10
Auto-renewals Yes - up to a maximum loan period of 1 year, unless they are requested by another reader
Staff
Total number of books that can be borrowed: 35
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 10
Auto-renewals Yes – up to a maximum loan period of 1 year, unless they are requested by another reader

Alumni

Graduates of Northumbria University and former institutions and constituent colleges* can apply for University Library membership at a reduced rate, and can then enjoy the following borrowing rights. You can also apply for visitor/reference only access.

Total number of books that can be borrowed: 15 (4 week loans only)
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 0
Auto-renewals No, but you renew items for up to a maximum period of 4 months via your account in Library Search, or via Ask4Help

*These include: Newcastle Polytechnic, Rutherford College of Technology, College of Art and Industrial Design, Municipal College of Commerce, City College of Education, Northern Counties College of Education, Bede, Newcastle and Northumbria College of Health.

Northumbria Associates

Associates of Northumbria can apply for a University smartcard, which can be used to access the library and enable borrowing of some library stock:

Total number of books that can be borrowed: 15 (4 week loans only)
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 0
Auto-renewals No, but you renew items for up to a maximum period of 4 months via your account in Library Search, or via Ask4Help

Associates can include: University governors, Students’ Union sabbaticals and staff, retired Northumbria University staff, agency staff, emeritus professors, graduate fellows, visiting scholars & lecturers, clinical NHS staff, franchise teaching staff, studio and artist staff, and hatchery students.

This list is not exhaustive and further details, including any identification or supporting documents that you will need to complete the registration process are available in the full Membership and Borrowing Policy – see the section below.

SCONUL access visitors

The SCONUL access scheme offers reciprocal arrangement for access to and some borrowing rights at other participating Universities and Higher educational establishments. This allows students and staff from other participating institutions to apply for a Northumbria University smartcard that will give you access during staffed opening hours for the duration of your home Library membership or three years whichever is shorter.

Undergraduate students for other universities will only be given access to the library, but some other categories of staff and students (eg, research students, part-time students, distance learning students, taught postgraduates, students on placement and members of academic staff) may also be able to apply for borrowing rights at Northumbria. To qualify for the SCONUL access scheme you must be registered as a library user in good standing (i.e. having no debts or overdue books at your home library). To apply for a Northumbria smartcard you must bring an acceptance email from SCONUL and your home institution ID card. For further details please see the SCONUL website.

Total number of books that can be borrowed: 8 (4 week loans only)
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 0
Auto-renewals No, but you renew items for up to a maximum period of 4 months via your account in Library Search, or via Ask4Help
Subscription borrowers

An individual can apply for membership and borrowing rights, which is subject to approval by the Director of Student and Library Services

Total number of books that can be borrowed: 8 (4 week loans only)
Maximum number of 7 days loans: 0
Auto-renewals No, but you renew items for up to a maximum period of 4 months via your account in Library Search, or via Ask4Help
Collaborative venture partners
Collaborative venture partners have membership and borrowing rights that are negotiated as part of the programme approvals process with Student and Library Services, Faculty contacts, Academic Quality and Collaborative Venture partners. If you are unsure if you are eligible for this or want to know what your borrowing rights are, please contact our Learning Partnerships team.
I’ve lost my smartcard, how do I get a replacement?

Lost or damaged smartcards should be reported immediately to Ask4Help. You can do this in person at any of the libraries, you can call Ask4Help on 0191 227 4646, or email them at Ask4Help@northumbria.ac.uk. There is a £10 replacement charge for lost or damaged smartcards. If your smartcard has been stolen, it will be replaced free of charge on production of a police crime report.

You can find further details via Ask4Help's Frequently Asked Questions pages.


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