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Borrowing from the Library

University of Plymouth staff and students are automatically members of the library. You will need your 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.

All books on loan will now be due on the 01 May 2021. This is to account for the National Lockdown. Please check your library account and contact us if your books have not renewed. You will be unable to recall a book during this time.


When you borrow items, a receipt will be emailed to your University email address 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

The Self-issue machines are on level 1 near the entrance.


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.

A red returns bin is located in the Level 1 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 


How many?

How long?



*6 weeks



*6 weeks

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students


*6 weeks

Plus an additional 40 from the School Experience Collection (SEC)

*16 weeks



*6 weeks

*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


Loan period

Additional Information

Video camera

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.

Digital stills camera

MP3 / Voice recorder


Media equipment loans should be collected and returned to the Reception 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 26/02/2021