Guide for Part Time Students

We are committed to helping you to access the information you need whatever your mode of study.  The following information may be of particular value to part-time students or those studying at a distance. Please contact us if there are any other ways that we may be able to help you during your studies.

Getting in touch

We recognise that part-time students are not always able to visit the library in person so we have dedicated phone, email, and online chat services enabling you to contact us with any queries at a time that suits you.


The ASSIST service allows you to chat online with library staff about any aspect of using library services or finding information for your assignments. After your chat has finished you will be sent an email transcript of the conversation so you can follow up any links or other information provided during the chat.

  • Email

Email or use the Ask a Librarian online form to contact us and a member of staff will be in touch with a response within 2 working days.

  • Telephone

Whether you have a quick question or an enquiry about your research we will be pleased to discuss this with you via telephone on 01902 321333 (or 0845 408 1631).

View Contact Us for full details of these services and operating times.

Borrowing items

No matter how many or how few modules you are studying, you may borrow 40 items, the same number as students enrolled on a full-time programme. Books are usually available to borrow for one week at a time but our system will automatically renew them for you for up to a year, as long as nobody else requests them.  If a book is requested you will be notified by email and will have a week in which to return it to any of our libraries. 

Checking availability

We are happy to check the LibrarySearch catalogue for availability of any texts and will also request items for you if required.  Please telephone us on 01902 321333 (or 0845 408 1631) to obtain this assistance.

Borrowing from other libraries

Part-time students are often allowed to borrow materials from other university libraries which may be closer to where you live or work under the SCONUL scheme.  See Using Other Libraries for more details.

Online resources

Take advantage of the extensive online library that is available to you wherever you are studying. Many of our online databases provide full text journal articles and electronic books that you can view online from any computer with internet access. See the Resources pages for more details.