Borrow, reserve, renew, 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

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Services may differ due to COVID-19. Please see our FAQs for more information.

Borrow and return your items using our self-service machines.


To borrow items you need to issue them to your account. Scan or tap 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.

You do not need to issue ebooks and these do not count towards your borrowing allocation. They are accessible anywhere you have internet access and a compatible device. 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.


Follow the onscreen instructions to return your 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. We send courtesy reminders to your University email account three days before the due date. We also send reminders 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 fines/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. Log into your library account.

Paying fines and charges

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