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Open today: St Peter's Library 10:00 - 23:59 / The Murray Library 10:00 - 02:00

Borrow, reserve, renew and charges

As a member of the University of Sunderland, you are able to borrow a wide range of resources to support your learning and research.


My Library Account

Borrow and return your items quickly and easily using the self-service machines available in both libraries.


To borrow items you need to issue them to your account. All you need to issue your items is your University campus card or staff card, then follow the onscreen instructions. Keep your receipt as this will show the due dates for each item.

Using Ebooks

Ebooks do not need be issued and do not count towards your borrowing allocation. They are accessible anywhere you have internet access and an electronic device. Search for ebooks using the library catalogue. We are able to offer limited in-library access to our e-resources for guest users. Please ask a member of library staff for more details.


You do not need your campus card to return items. Keep your receipt as this is your confirmation that the return has been successful. Make sure you return your items on or before the due date to avoid incurring late charges. To help you avoid fines, we send courtesy reminders to your University email account three days before the due date. We will also send emails reminding you about overdue items.


You can renew items up to five times, provided they are not reserved by another customer. You can renew items on the self-service machines or by logging into your library account.

Managing your library account 

Log into your library account to:

  • View items you are currently borrowing (these are your current loans)
  • Renew items, provided they are not reserved by another customer
  • Pay library charges
  • Manage your reserved items
  • Manage your interlibrary loan requests

You can also view your borrowing history. This can be useful if you would like to revisit a particular item or have forgotten to record the full item details for your assignment.

Paying Fines/Charges

There may be times when you incur fines for the late return of items you have borrowered or charges if you have lost an item and need to pay for a replacement. All fines/charges can be paid by logging into your library account using the 'Pay Charges' tab.


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