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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 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

Resources are organised according to subjects:

  • Floor 1: Short Loan, current newspapers and journals (periodicals
  • Floor 2: Teaching Grid
  • Floor 2 Extension: Sciences
  • Floor 3: Arts
  • Floor 3 Extension: Arts and Wolfson Research Exchange
  • Floor 4: Education, Law, Government Publications and Statistics
  • Floor 5: Social Sciences

See the floor plans or use the Libmap app (floor plans); Android, Apple 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.

classmarks screen example

See also: classmarks and locations.


Learn about how to borrow, returns and borrowing entitlements.


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. More information.


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). Fines for the late return of a recalled book are charged at £1 per day. More information.


If an item is not returned by the due date, it is considered to be overdue and is subject to overdue fines. Email notices will be sent to your Warwick email account.

Please note: it is the borrower's responsibility to return items on time and to return all items before overseas trips. The Library will not accept non-receipt of overdue notices as a reason for waiving fines. See also: fines.

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.

Short Loan Collection

Situated on Floor 1 of the Library and contains core high demand books, and a DVD collection to support specific courses. More information.

Other services Other services


Discover how you can access our e-resources.


Newspapers are located on floor 1 opposite the self-issue machines.

Postal Loans

If you cannot get to the Library you may want to take advantage of our postal loans service. You can request Standard Loan books as long as they have no hold requests on them. (Please note: there is a charge for this service).

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.


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.

Video production

  • The Learning Grid have a range of resources available for use
  • University staff who would like information about recording facilities for teaching purposes can contact the Teaching Grid for advice

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 from the IT Services helpdesk on floor 1 of the Library by the Returns machine. Please visit IT Services for more information
  • If the IT Services helpdesk is closed, you can find a large number of useful leaflets located by the printers on floor 1 or online

Book binding

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

Send a fax

Unfortunately we don't have any fax facilities for customers. However in most cases students can send faxes from their departmental office.


You may wish to make a donation.

Rules and safety

You may also wish find out about our rules and regulations, lost property or your personal safety and security.

Bookable Library spaces

Book a space in the Library in one of our study spaces.

Please note: unfortunately we are unable to provide any other bookable spaces such as those suitable for conducting Skype or phone interviews.