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Visitors' guide to the Library: Borrow books

This is a guide to Sheffield Hallam University Library for students and staff from other universities and members of the public.

NEWS: Changes to borrowing

Over the summer, we've made some changes to how you borrow books from the library - find out more

Borrowing a book

When you've searched for a book using Library Search or a Catalogue Plus PC and found it on the shelves, you'll need to take it to one of the self-service borrowing machines.  At Adsetts Library, they're on Level 4.  At Collegiate, they're on the ground floor of the library.  Make sure you've got your Associate Member SHUcard with you- you won't be able to borrow anything without it!

Everything you can borrow from the Library has a loan period of 1 week.

Managing your loans

Any books that you borrow will be renewed automatically by the library system unless someone else has requested them.  If that happens, you'll need to bring them back to the library.

If things do go overdue, you'll be charged £2 per book per day, including weekend days.  You'll get 5 days after the due date though to return your books without any fines.  If you bring them back after that, you'll be fined for all the days you're overdue.  If you build up £20 or more in fines, you won't be able to borrow or request anything else.  If a book goes overdue by 28 days, we'll assume that it's lost and charge you for a replacement copy.

You can use My Library Account to find out when your books are due back.

My Library Account

My Library Account allows you to

  • see the books you have on loan and when they are due back
  • view your requests and whether they are ready to pick up, and cancel any you don't need any more
  • check if you owe any fines and pay them online
  • display a list of booksyou have borrowed before

Any books you have on loan will renew automatically unless someone else requests them.  If this happens, you will need to return them to the library. You will receive an email to your student account to let you know if a book needs to be returned, but it is a good idea check My Library Account regularly as well.

To sign in to My Library Account, click on the link on the Library Gateway and enter the barcode from your SHUcard and your password.  If you can't remember what it is, contact the library.

Requesting books

If a book that you want is on loan to someone else, you can request it and the next copy that gets returned will be reserved for you to borrow.  You can also place a request on a book that is available at Adsetts Library to collect at Collegiate, and vice versa.  

To get started, just search for the book or other item you want in Library Search and then sign in using the 'Associate members' link at the top of the search results page.  Next, click on 'Find in library' underneath the title and then on the 'Request' link.  Make sure that the form is filled in with the options you want and click on the Request button to confirm.  This will request the book for you.

You can place 1 request at a time but there's no limit to how many times you can use the requests system.

Returning books

Books can be returned using the self-service machines at either of the libraries.  For example, if you borrow a book from Adsetts, it's absolutely fine to return it to Collegiate.  If you want to return any books by post, please leave plenty of time for them to reach us and use the addresses below.

Adsetts Library

Library Services

Sheffield Hallam University

City Campus

Howard Street

Sheffield

S1 1WB

Collegiate Library

Library Services

Sheffield Hallam University

Collegiate Crescent Campus

Collegiate Crescent

Sheffield

S10 2BP