Off campus users

What University services can I access away from the university?

We offer a range of services to our off campus users - it may be you are a part time student, a distance learner, a member of staff working from home or if you have difficulty visiting us in person.

Don't forget you can also ring our dedicated student help line 01785 353700 or email


Accessing your e-mail and H: drive

You can use Outlook web access to access your e-mail or even use your mobile phone.

There is also our VPN (Virtual Private network) service which enables staff and students to create a secure connection to the University Network and gain access to resources off campus. With this connection you can then map your H drive using the normal procedure.


Requesting photocopies of articles from journals held in the library

You may also request photocopies from journals held in the library for details on how to this and where to go for advice please see our Requesting articles page


Infozone is a good starting point for new students to find out more about our library and IT resources, so take a look. Also don't forget to look at our RefZone pages too!  These provide all the information you should need to help you reference your assignments correctly.


Our eResource collections offer a wide range of information held in searchable online databases. Just enter your usual University username and password when prompted to do so for access off-campus.


Search the library catalogue and check your library account

You can check the library catalogue and view your library account. You can also renew your items and reserve them from home.


Accessing Blackboard

Staff and Students can access, Blackboard off campus by clicking on the link below:-

Postal loans

For Distance Learners and other Staffordshire University students who based in the UK but who can't easily visit one of our site Libraries, we offer a Postal Loans service.

Through this service, you can request to have 4 books at any one time posted to you. We cannot however post the following types of items: Theses and dissertations, reference books, Journals, newspapers and other Serials, Short Loan Items, videos, DVDs, CDs or audio cassettes.  

Books will be posted to you free of charge, but it is your responsibility to ensure their safe return and to pay the postage costs.

Please see how to request / reserve  items on the catalogue.

How long will my request take to come?
We aim to deal with requests for items stocked by the Library promptly, and most requests are normally satisfied within seven days of making your request.

However, please bear in mind that items may be on loan to someone else or 'missing'.  Items requested to be delivered by post also rely on postal services to be working normally.

If there are any problems or delays with your request, you will be notified with an explanation as soon as possible.

Overseas students

Unfortunately we cannot post books to students who are overseas, however we may be able to supply you with photocopies of the items which you need, please contact us for more information.


Requesting photocopies

If you are unable to visit a site Library to use our journals, we can't post you any journals but we can forward journal articles direct to your desktop.

For more information please see requesting photocopies.

Document Delivery service.

If we haven't got what you need we can usually get it from another library and we can send articles direct to your desktop! This is done through the Document delivery service


Ask your Subject Librarian

Our LibGuides will provide you with information and advice on using our on-line resources with pages specific for each subject area, and will help you to search for quality-assured websites.  It also provides contact details for the Subject Librarian who supports each area any queries please e-mail and we will get back to you.

Assignment Survival Kit

ASK (Assignment Survival Kit) is an online support tool which can help you to plan your assignments.

SCONUL access

As a member of the university if you are at home and cannot get into to the university libraries you can use the SCONUL Access scheme which allows members to use each other’s libraries.

It is free to join for staff and students and it allows members to borrow items (except for full-time Undergraduates, who are allowed to use the libraries for reference purposes only).

Help and support

Help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week so there is no need to panic!

Email, pop your query down on an Online enquiry form, or telephone our 24 hour help line 01785 35 3700

To check on any Scheduled IT service unavailability please see our Service unavailability page web page

To see our library staffed opening times please see our Opening times page.