All books will renew automatically unless they have been requested or have reached the maximum renewals limit.  There will be a recall charge of £1.00 per day for any items not returned by the due date.  Please keep an eye on your student email because we send courtesy reminders to your account.

We don’t just have print books!  Go to our Library Resources page to search a huge collection of online articles, books, reports, statistics, streamed films and videos!

Please see our Library Regulations for more detail on the use of the university libraries.


How many items can I borrow?


Borrower StatusBorrowing entitlement
Staffordshire University Students17
Staffordshire University Staff17
Alumni (former students)5
Retired University staff17
NHS Trust members5
Partnership Staff and Students (on a Staffordshire University Award)17
SURF Staff and Students (not on a Staffordshire University Award)2
Lichfield,  Staffordshire University Students17
SCONUL Access5
Members of the Public5


For more information please go to:  Library Membership and Entitlements

How do I borrow items and how long can I keep them for?

When you have found what you are looking for, take the items to one of our self-service machines.  If you need help, please ask a member of staff at Customer Services.

The initial loan period for all books is 2 weeks, however, books will automatically renew unless they have been requested by someone or you have had them out  for 24 weeks.

If one of your books is requested you will receive an email to your student account and you must return the book by the date shown.

Items with more than one request will be reduced to an initial one week loan.

If you have reached your maximum borrowing entitlement, you won't be able to borrow anything else until you have returned some items.

Is there anything I can’t borrow?

Some items are for use in the library such as reference material, items marked 'not for loan' on the spine label or any periodicals and journals.

What if I can't find the book I need?

You can place a reservation on a book if it is on loan to another borrower or if you can't find it on the book shelf in the library. Information on requesting books can be found on the requesting books page.

If there is an item you need that we don't stock, you can request it from the British Library through our Document Delivery Service.

Renewing Items

Your books will automatically renew before they are due back unless they have been requested or you have had them out for 24 weeks.  If one of your books is due back you will receive an email to your student university email account - so please remember to check your emails.

You can also keep tabs on your items and request other items by going to your account at: and logging on with your university username and password.

If you have any problems with your library account, please ring 01782 295770 between 9am-4.45pm, Monday - Friday.

Renewing items borrowed through the Document Delivery service

These items can usually be renewed for a charge of £5.00, providing no-one has requested them and they have not been recalled by The British Library.  To renew an item, please contact the Document Delivery Office before the return date (01785 353236 or

Your responsibilities when borrowing from the Library

  • To be able to borrow, you must have your library membership card (student ID card) with you. No other forms of identification are accepted.

  • Students on placement will need to request a Student ID Card to be able to continue to borrow items from the library.

  • Books and other materials available for loan through the Library must be treated with care at all times. 

  • You are personally responsible for any items that you have borrowed until the loan is cancelled. 

  • Books must be returned when they are requested or after 24 weeks.

  • To ensure that all members have an opportunity to use library items, you will be charged for any items that are damaged, lost or stolen.

  • Anyone failing to return requested items, may have their membership temporarily withdrawn.  

For more information about Library Membership and Entitlements visit:  Library Membership and Entitlements