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Library and Learning Services

Staff at partner colleges.

All staff who either teach or support De Montfort University courses have full use of De Montfort University library services.

There are 2 libraries at De Montfort University (Kimberlin and the law library).

Your library access includes the rights to:

  • Borrow books, videos and audio-visual material in person from a De Montfort University library
  • Access databases available from the university
  • Use computers in the university libraries for internet, email, word processing and other IT applications
  • Photocopy and print (there are charges for this)
  • Use study facilities
  • Receive help and support from information services
  • Email Just Ask to ask for books and journal articles held at other DMU libraries to collect in person (there may be a charge for the supply of copies of journal articles).

Details of the opening hours for each library can be found on the library web site.

How do I get a library card?

Ask the HE co-ordinator at your college who is responsible for issuing De Montfort University cards.

Do I need my card to get in?

Yes. For your personal security we operate an access control system at the Kimberlin library. In order to use the building you will need to have your DMU card with you. No materials may be borrowed without your card.

What should I do if I change my address or lose my card?

Please let us know if there are any changes to your address or other details. You must notify us and your college if your card is lost or stolen.

Can I access resources from home/my office?

Library Services subscribes to many different electronic information services, ranging from electronic books and journals to archives of film and visual information. Most of these can be used from any computer with internet access. You can use the Library Catalogue to find material in the library and to renew loans or reserve items. And if you have any queries, contact the library via the feedback forms on the library web site. For all of this, see the university Library web pages for more detail.

Loan periods and Automatic Renewal

Normal Loans are for 2 weeks but, providing there is no reservation, will be automatically renewed for further periods, up to 99 times in all.

Short loan should be returned by 1pm next day – renewal is not possible.

Laptops are loaned for 2 hours, no renewals but students can borrow another one on return.

Inter library loans have variable due dates as these are set by the libraries who lend them to us.

Items on loan that have reservations cannot be renewed and fines will apply if they are not returned by their due date.

Item typeLoan periodIs Automatic renewal possible?Fine for late return
Normal loan2 weeksOnly if item is not reservedN/A
Normal loan with reservations2 weeksNo50p per day
Short loanReturn by 1pm next dayNo70p per hour or part thereof
Laptops2 hoursNo£1 per half hour or part thereof
Inter library loansVariableNo renewals are possible£4.85 per item

Loan entitlements

Audio-visual items10
DVDs and videos10
Short loan books2
Short loan videos2

Library Fines Exception Policy

Fines incurred from overdue items will normally only be waived in line with the circumstances described in our library fines exceptions policy. All items are subject to recall when reserved by another borrower, and due dates will automatically be amended to reflect this. If you feel your circumstances match those within the policy, then please ask at Kimberlin Library or contact us to discuss waiving fines.

Lost items

If you misplace or lose an item you will be asked to pay for it at the current replacement cost plus a sum to cover administration.

How do I get a past exam paper?

ExamNet is a database of past DMU examination papers. You will be able to access most past papers from the last 3 years. Some papers are not released, nor are any solutions or model answers.

Internet, computers and databases

Make sure you keep a note of your username and password.

How do I get on to the computers / do word processing?

Network accounts are created for you on request - just ask at the IT helpdesk. Follow the log-on instructions in the computer areas. Your username will be your card number.

Each workstation has access to the Internet, Microsoft Office, networked databases and you have some personal network storage space for your files.

What resources can I access outside the library?

The library web pages are your gateway to quality-checked internet resources. Most of these resources are available from any computer with Internet access. Some of the most useful ones include:

What are the library rules?

Copies of library rules and regulations are available on the Internet. Important things to remember from the rules are that:

  • anything you borrow is your responsibility - do not lend material to someone else or borrow on behalf of someone else
  • you must return everything on or before its due date
  • you must abide by the copyright guidelines posted by all photocopiers and by the IT regulations which are supplied separately
  • library staff have the right to ask for your ID, refuse entry and ask you to make the contents of bags available for inspection
  • some parts of the library are designated silent or individual study areas: anyone disrupting the study environment may be asked to leave and/or may be fined
  • any infringement of library rules may mean a fine and/or suspension from borrowing
  • Defacement or unauthorised removal of library materials is treated as a serious matter and offenders may be fined, be suspended from borrowing and/or face disciplinary action under university regulations
  • children must be accompanied by a responsible adult in the building and before admittance permission must be obtained from the Library.

Who should I contact if I have a problem?

It all depends on the problem. Full contact details can be obtained from the library web pages.

If you are unsure who to contact then you can always try:

General library enquiries 0116 257 7042


Your views are important to use. Feedback is welcomed either by completing a print feedback form widely available in the libraries or an online feedback form.