Reserve or recall

Information about reserving on-shelf items or recalling items that are on loan.

What can I reserve or recall?

Any loanable item may be reserved, including items that are available (i.e. on the shelves) in the Library.

Items on loan for more than seven days may be recalled from the current borrower.

How do I reserve or recall an item?

Reservations can be made via the library search or by phone.

When you find an item you want to reserve or recall, click on the item for a detailed view. You will then see a button with the option to reserve or recall a print copy.

When prompted, enter your university email address and password in order to place the reservation. 

You will receive an email once the item is ready for collection.

Where do I collect the item?

When the item is ready for collection it will be placed on the reserved items shelf in the Reading Room, filed under your surname/family name.

You can then issue the item to yourself using the self-service machines.

I've reserved an item on a library shelf. How long will it take to appear on the Reserved Items shelf?

Monday to Friday:

  • Requests received before 10am will be available to collect from noon
  • Requests received before 2pm will be available from 4pm
  • Requests received before 6pm will be available from 8pm

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays:

  • Requests received before 10am will be available to collect from noon
  • Requests received before 3pm will be available from 5pm