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​All students and staff at the University of Brighton can borrow items from any of our five libraries.

When you leave the university you will need to return all loans and pay any outstanding fines. As an alumnus you can apply for 1 year's free external membership.

If you are a student at another university you may be able to borrow items through the Sconul Access scheme.

Members of the public can apply to become external members. 

We welcome visits from local schools/colleges as part of their Extended Project Qualification or Compact and compact Plus Summer School. Please see our School visits page for more information and to arrange a visit.

Allowances and loan duration
See table below

You will be charged a fine if you're late bringing back a library item that someone else wants. Otherwise items will automatically renew while you are a current student.

Talk to us if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from returning an item. Please contact your campus library.

Type of Borrower​ ​Loan Type ​Loan Length  ​Number of Items ​Fines ​Auto-Renewal
Undergraduate or postgraduate students​ ​ ​Long loan ​3 weeks 99 ​ 50p per day if not renewed Yes
​Short loan ​1 week ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​Desk loan see below   ​3 £1 per hour or part hour ​No
Staff / research students​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​Long loan ​3 weeks 99 ​ ​ ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​Short loan ​1 week ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​Desk loan ​see below ​3 ​£1 per hour or part hour ​No
​Short course and Pre-sessional students ​Long loan and short loan ​1 week ​12 ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​Partner college staff / students ​ ​Long loan ​3 weeks ​99 ​ ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​Short loan ​1 week ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes
​External members ​Long loan ​3 weeks ​6 ​50p per day if not renewed ​Yes



Desk Loan​ ​
Monday - Thursday

​0930 - 1300

1300 - 1600

1600 - 0930 next day


​0930 - 1300

1300 - 1600

1600 - 0930 Monday






Items on loan to you will be automatically renewed provided they have not been reserved and your library account is not about to expire.  You can also renew your items in the following ways:

  • Online using 'My Account' in the library catalogue
  • In person using the self service kiosks at your nearest library
  • By phone
You cannot renew Desk loan items.
If your library loan is reserved by someone else it cannot be renewed. It must be returned by the due date.
You will be sent an email, to let you know which items have been auto-renewed and which items have not auto-renewed, it is essential that you check your email frequently.
It is your responsibility to ensure that items are renewed or returned on time.



Books can be returned to any of the University of Brighton libraries, with the exception of Desk loan and interlibrary loan items which must be returned to the Help Desk of the library they were borrowed from.

You can return items by post but they remain your responsibility until received in the library and discharged from your account.  

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