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Library and Learning Services

Students at partner colleges.

All students with a valid De Montfort University NUS card are entitled to full use of DMU library services.

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

Your library access includes the right 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;
  • Reserve books and journal articles held at other DMU libraries to collect in person. (There may be a charge for this service);
  • Through a scheme called SCONUL Access, you may be able to use other university libraries for reference and (for part-time students) borrowing.

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

How do I get a library card?

Your student card is your library card. If you wish to use the library make sure that you have your DMU card with you.

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 these buildings you will need to have your student card with you. The card will also be required if you want to use any photocopiers or to borrow any material at all from the library.

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 room/a computer lab?

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 reseve items.

How many items can I take out on loan?

Loan entitlements
Audio-visual items10
DVDs and videos4
Short loan books2
Short loan videos2

Will I be fined if I return items after the date they were due back?

Yes, but you can avoid fines by renewing the loan by phone or the "My Account" section of the Library Catalogue.

Normal Loan25p per day (max £15)
Short Loan70p per part hour (max £15)
Laptop Loan£1 per part half hour (max £30)

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.

For how long can I borrow..?

During term-time
Normal loans3 weeksMay be renewed online or in person if not requested by another reader.
Reserved items7 daysIt is not possible to renew Reserved items.
Short loansHours vary.It is not possible to renew Short Loans. Any items borrowed must be returned.

Can I use other libraries?

You can use the libraries at those other universities taking part in the SCONUL Access scheme. Full-time students can use a library for reference purposes only (no borrowing or computer use). Part-time and distance learning students are usually able to borrow some books. All the local universities, including the University of Leicester are members of this scheme. In order to qualify you must be in good standing with the library (no outstanding debts or breeches of library regulations).