HomeHome Most Helpful TopicsMost Helpful Topics
RSS Feeds
DrillDown Icon Contents
DrillDown Icon Library & IT Self-Help
DrillDown Icon Menu
DrillDown Icon Online Resources
DrillDown Icon Library and Digital Support
DrillDown Icon Library Access
DrillDown Icon Borrowing and returning items
DrillDown Icon Overdue Loans and Charges
DrillDown Icon Inter Library Loans
DrillDown Icon Resources
DrillDown Icon Study Areas
DrillDown Icon Equipment
DrillDown Icon Additional Library Support
DrillDown Icon Library Support for Disabled Users
DrillDown Icon Alternative Formats
DrillDown Icon Library Support for Part-time, Placement and Distance Students
DrillDown Icon Library anxiety
DrillDown Icon Library Membership for External Users
DrillDown Icon Policies
DrillDown Icon Amenities
DrillDown Icon Contacts & Feedback
DrillDown Icon IT Services
DrillDown Icon IT Service Catalogue
DrillDown Icon Digital Learning Environment (DLE)
  EMail This ArticlePrint PreviewPrint Preview Current Article/Category with all Sub-Articles/Sub-Categories
Library Support for Part-time, Placement and Distance Students

Library Services during Coronavirus 

The Library building, including the 24/7 learning space, is now closed until further notice. Our services and support are online.

We are currently unable to offer our postal loans, book collection and scanning services. The SCONUL Access scheme is also temporarily unavailable.

Please see our FAQs Library Guide for more information, help and support.

University of Plymouth 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 

See full details on the Support for Distance, Placement and Part-time Students Library Guide

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 Reception 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 term time. 

Scanning 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).

Email a completed Postal /Scanning request form for each item to collectionservices@plymouth.ac.uk 

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.


01752 588588



Modified 25/03/2020