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Library Support for Part-time, Placement and Distance Students

Library Support for Part-time, Placement and Distance Students

See full details on the Support for Distance, Placement and Part-time Students Library Guide. Request forms mentioned can be found as attachments at the bottom of this page. Plymouth University students are eligible for these services if they are:

  • On a part-time course
  • On a full-time course in part-time mode
  • Away from the University on any form of placement for 6 weeks or more
  • Living permanently more than 25 miles from the University

Postal loans

Items (including requested items) can be posted to you. Email a completed Postal /Scanning request form for each book to collectionservices@plymouth.ac.uk. When available, the item will be issued to your account, posted and a postal charge added to your account. Return postage is at your own expense.

Please note: Inter Library loan items can only be posted via Special Delivery. Not all Inter Library loans can be posted.


Book Collection Service

Items from library stock can be requested for collection from the Information Desk on Level 1. Email your requests with author, title, edition and shelfmark number to libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk.

Requests will be processed Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 17:00. We require 24hrs notice minimum and will email you when your requests are available for collection.

Books will be held for 7 days. Any uncollected items will be returned to the library shelves. The library is open 24/7 so you can collect your books at any time.


Copy Service

Within copyright guidelines, journal articles and book chapters from items in stock can be scanned and emailed to you free of charge. If items cannot be scanned, we will photocopy and post them to you (current copying rates and postage will be charged at cost).


Borrowing by Proxy

If you cannot get to the library in person, you can nominate someone else to borrow items on your behalf. Your nominated person should bring your University card, some ID of their own and an authorised Proxy form which you have completed.



This scheme enables eligible users to borrow material from other academic libraries. For criteria and further details, see the SCONUL article.



Telephone: 01752 588588

General Enquiries and Pick-up Service libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk

Postal Loans collectionservices@plymouth.ac.uk 

One-to-one appointments with your Information Specialist informationspecialists@plymouth.ac.uk 

Modified 21/03/2018