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Practical information

The information below is for all registered Library customers, providing a quick practical quide to using the Library. (Links to further information on various practical topics is also given).

Access our collections

My Library Account

This is your main, personal, online portal to the Library. Renew loans, pay fines, check the status of holds, view reading history and more. Also accessible from Library Search and Classic Catalogue when you are logged in. More information.

Find resources

Many resources are available electronically and can be found using Library Search or through one of the many subject specialist databases. You will also find resources for your studies on your departmental reading lists.

In the main Library building print resources are organised according to subjects:

  • Floors 1 & 2: Helpdesk, Short Loan, Teaching Grid and Co-Creation space
  • Floor 2 Extension: Sciences
  • Floor 3: Arts
  • Floor 3 Extension: Arts, Short Loan and Wolfson Research Exchange
  • Floor 4: Education, Law, Government Publications and Statistics
  • Floor 5: Social Sciences

See the floor plans or the mobile Library catalogue to help you locate resources.

Missing resources

If you are unable to locate a book, journal or other shelved materials on the Library shelves please complete a missing resources form.

Classmarks and locations

The table below shows a quick view of Library Search search showing the classmark and location of a book.



See also: classmarks and locations.

Borrowing

Learn about how to borrow, returns and borrowing entitlements.

Renewals

You can renew your books using the self-issue machines on Floor 1 or online via your My Library Account, more information.

Reserve an item

If you wish to reserve an item you can 'request a hold'. A hold is a request to keep a book aside when it becomes available. If all copies of a title are on loan, you can place a hold request and the next returned copy will be held for you.

Click and Collect

All current staff and students can order up to 10 print books using our using our Click and Collect service via an online form, and then pick up their items from the collection point in Short Loan (as a reserved item) every day during Library opening hours.

Get it For Me

A free service available to all current Warwick Staff and Students which enables us to:

  • send Warwick Library books to you in the post
  • provide individuals with a scanned copy of one chapter of a monograph, or one article per issue of a journal
  • obtain items not held in Warwick stock from other libraries (we cannot post books from other libraries so these need to be collected in person)

Proxy Borrowing service

The Proxy Borrowing service allows another student at Warwick to borrow/collect books on your behalf at the Helpdesk.

Recalls

To provide fair access to resources we may ask you to bring your books back before the due date if somebody else wants them (known as recalls).

Overdues

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Library has introduced a fines amnesty. This is set to continue but may be subject to change. For the most up to date information make sure you are checking the Library website.

Lost books

If you think you have lost a book please complete a lost book form. If you think you have returned a book to the Library but it is still showing on your Library Account, please complete a claim returned form.

Library Stores

You may want to take advantage of our Library Stores, where we house materials which are in less demand but still of value.

Other services

E-resources

Discover how you can access our e-resources.

Eikon

The Eikon computer is available throughout Library opening hours. Sessions must be booked in advance.

Learn and teach remotely

Check out our guidance on how the Library supports you to learn and teach remotely.

Freepost returns

All current Warwick staff and students in the UK can post books back to us, free of charge, using our freepost returns service - Clicksit Collect+ freepost service.

Eligibility

  • This service is for all staff and students, and for returns from the UK only.

How to return your books

  • Please carefully package any University of Warwick Library items into one parcel. We are unable to cover the costs of the packaging, just the postage cost
  • Email library at warwick dot ac dot ukfor access to the freepost portal
  • Use the portal to generate a one-off label or QR code
  • Drop off the parcel at your nearest Collect+ point. These can be found by checking the store locator
  • When we receive the items we will process these and clear the items from your account

Here is some information to help you pack your parcel(s):

  • Weight up to 10kgs per parcel
  • Maximum dimension: 60cm x 50cm x 50cm
  • If you have a lot of books you are welcome to send them in multiple parcels

We appreciate you may not have scales to guide you in packing your books so the following info may help: a pile of 7 paperback and hardback books weighs around 5kg. So depending on size and the packing materials you have available you may be able to fit up to 10 books in a single parcel.

  • If you need to send your books in multiple parcels please enter your email address more than once to the portal to download different labels to attach to each of your parcels.
  • If you have any issues with the service, including the service rejecting the size or weight of the parcel, please contact library at warwick dot ac dot uk

Accessible Study Rooms

Bookable rooms in the main Library, and Postgrad Hub (for PG students) are open to students registered with Disability Services.

RNIB Bookshare

Students with a print disability are able to access RNIB Bookshare , an online catalogue of educational texts in accessible formats. Eligibility includes visual impairment, autism, AD(H)D, dyslexia, dyspraxia or a physical disability which affects the use of print material.

What’s on

We deliver a range of virtual events for our Library Community. Check out our What’s on calendar to get involved.

Library online courses

Have you checked out the Library’s range of free online courses to support your time at Warwick?

Copyright

Learn more about copyright and what it means for your learning, teaching or research.

Photocopy, print and scan

Find out where and how you can print, copy and scan.

IT support

  • For general IT support such as how to print from your laptop in the Library or any other printing support, please visit IT services. print, copy and scan
  • IT Services provide an AV equipment borrowing service. Please visit IT Services for more information
  • If the IT Services helpdesk is closed, you can find a large number of useful leaflets online

Book binding

Individual dissertation/thesis book binding services are provided by Warwick Print and the University Bookshop.

You may wish to make a donation.

Rules and safety

The University is committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and we have been closely following the advice of the Government and World Health Organisation in relation to COVID-19.

Online enquiry channels

  • General Library enquiries:  library at warwick dot ac dot uk 
  • Academic Services:  academicsupport at warwick dot ac dot uk 
  • Modern Record Centre:  archives at warwick dot ac dot uk 
  • WRAP publications: publications at warwick dot ac dot uk