September 23, 2019, by Emma

Welcome to Libraries

Welcome to University of Nottingham Libraries. Whether you’re a new or returning student, here’s some hints and tips to help you make the most of your library services.

Your student essentials

A copy of the Libraries and IT Services essentials guide with George Green Library in the background

Not sure where to start? Pop in to any library to pick up a guide to Libraries and IT Services or visit our welcome page.

Discover libraries

Library stall outside Cripps Hall on a bright day

Find out more about your libraries and services at our drop-in sessions taking place throughout the first term.

Pop in to your libraries

Explore your libraries anytime during the first term. Join our staff, wearing blue lanyards, who will show you around. Look out for signs in libraries.

Pop-up libraries

Your library comes to you. Visit us in buildings around campus to find out more about our wide range of library services.

Discovering library resources

Learn how to get the most from NUsearch, our library resources discovery tool in these 15 minute drop-in sessions.

Our libraries

We have eight UK libraries open year-round, often 24/7. You will need your University Card for access from Monday 7 October.

Visit our website for library locations and opening times.

As well as a wide collection of resources, our libraries also offer a mix of study spaces, PCs, multi-functional devices for printing, copying and scanning and laptop loans.

Library study rooms can be booked for up to three hours using your Office 365 calendar.

– Book up to two weeks in advance
– You can only have one active booking at a time

Download our guide to room bookings (PDF)

Borrowing books


You will need your University Card to borrow books using the brand-new self-service machines in libraries.

Our new self-service machines make it faster and easier to borrow books:

– Borrow or return multiple books at once
– Choose from a range of languages
– Receive automatic receipts by email

When do I need to return my books?

You can borrow up to 60 print books and your loans will auto-renew until someone else requests them.

We’ll send you an email to let you know if you need to return a book with details of when it is due back. Return requested books on time to avoid fines of £1 a day.

More about borrowing

Keep up to date

Check your library account on NUsearch or University email inbox regularly for updates on your library loans.

We will send you an email every Monday with a summary of your recent library activity including books on loan and fines.

If you need to return a book, we will email you to let you know your book hasn’t auto-renewed and when it is due back.

Download the app

Close up of student using the MyNottingham app on an Apple iPhone

Download the MyNottingham app for all your University essentials in one place.

Select the Libraries tile in the app to:

– View your loans, reservations and fines
– Search our collections on NUsearch
– Check opening times and explore our library services
– Find out how to book study rooms in libraries

Select the Moodle tile to access your course materials and information.

Love to read?

Books on the Leisure Reading Collection shelves in George Green Library

We have leisure reading collections in our Greenfield Medical, James Cameron-Gifford and George Green libraries. Our varied collection features a range of titles including science fiction, popular science and prize-listed books as well as self-help and wellness titles.

The books can be requested and delivered to any convenient library for pickup.

Browse leisure reading on NUsearch

Getting started with your course

Starting at university can be daunting so we have developed two free online courses to help you get started with undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Sign up to Your University Journey (Undergraduate)

Sign up to On Course for your Masters (Postgraduate)

Getting help

Library Advisor shelving books

If you have any questions about using our libraries, feel free to ask our helpful staff. You can find them in our libraries wearing blue lanyards.

You can also contact us:

Call 0115 95 16393

Email library-helpline@nottingham.ac.uk

Follow us on Twitter at @UoNLibraries

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