If you are studying on a distance learning course, we have a range of specific services available to support you.

There are also many online guides and tutorials in the Library area on Campus Moodle.  Please contact us if you need more help.

Postal loans

As a distance learning student you can request books be sent to you by post provided your address is in the United Kingdom, including the Isle of Man, Channel Islands or British Forces addresses overseas.  We regret that we cannot send books to other locations.

How can I request a postal loan?

Just follow these steps:

  • Search the library catalogue to make sure the item is in stock.
  • Copy the details into the Postal Loan Request Form below, using a separate form for each request.
  • Post, e-mail or fax the postal loan form to us.

 Postal Loan Request Form

How many items can I request?

You can borrow 15 books at any one time. Reference books, reference journals and specialised collections are unavailable for loan.

How will I receive my books?

Postal loans are sent by recorded delivery.  Please ensure that you enter a delivery address where a signature can be obtained.

If the material you have requested is out on loan, we will recall a copy for you and it will be posted out when it becomes available.

Please note that if, instead of using Postal Loan Forms to request items, you choose to place a hold on a book on the library catalogue we will assume that you will pick up that book in person from the library.

How long can I keep my books?

The standard loan period for most items is 56 days. However, the loan period may be reduced if the item is in heavy demand.  Books should always be returned on time.

Are books subject to recall?

Yes.  Books in heavy demand may be recalled early and you will be notified by email of the new due date.  If recalled books are returned late, you will be fined. More information on our fines can be found on our Policies page.

Can I renew my books?

Books may be renewed unless required by another reader. For renewals 24/7 go online to the library catalogue, select ‘My Account’, and log in using your student number and password.

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Photocopying and scanning

As a distance learner you can request that journal articles, chapters of books, conference papers and tables of contents in the library stock be photocopied or scanned for you.

There is a charge for this service.

How can I request an item be photocopied or scanned?

Just follow these steps:

  • Search the library catalogue to make sure the item is in stock.
  • Copy the details into the Photocopy Scan Request Form below, using a separate form for each request.
  • Please read and complete the copyright declaration section of the form. UK Copyright legislation applies to any photocopy request that you make.

  Photocopy scan request form

How will I receive my items?

Scanned items will be sent to your RGU email address or print copies posted if requested. For more information about the scheme please see our Library Policies page.

What are your charges?

Black and white copies cost 4p per A4 sheet (8p for A3). 

How can I pay?

You can credit your copying account using the University's online payment system. The minimum payment is £5.

Please credit your copying account before submitting your request.  We will debit your account by the required amount.

Please note that it is not possible to refund money paid, but the money will be carried forward to the next academic year.

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Access to Inter-Library Loans

Distance Learners based in the UK can request items that the library does not have in stock via the inter-library loans scheme and have them posted to their home or work address. For further information about this service please contact the Inter Library Loans team at ill@rgu.ac.uk or by telephoning 01224 263450.

How can I request a book on inter-library loan?

Requests can be made via the Inter Library Loans link in the library catalogue

How will I receive my books?

We will post them to your address by recorded delivery. You will be responsible for the return postage costs.

Is there a charge for this service?

Yes, there is a charge of £5 per book for this service.   

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Access to libraries in the UK and abroad

In addition to the services offered by our own library, you may also be able to request materials from other libraries or to gain access to other libraries.

How can I request photocopies of items not available in RGU Library?

If you require a photocopy of a journal article or book chapter not available in our collection, we may be able to obtain it through the inter-library loan service. To register for this service click here.

Can I borrow items from other UK higher education libraries?

RGU is a member of SCONUL Access, which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. Over 170 higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland are members.

To apply visit the SCONUL Access website and follow the steps set out there.

If your library account is in good standing we will send you an email to authorise your application. You can then print the email and take it with your RGU student or staff card to the library or libraries you wish to use.

Can I use any other libraries in the UK?

Check with your local public library in case they offer additional support to distance learning students.

Can I access libraries outside the UK?

As an RGU student you have access to an extensive range of electronic resources, databases and eBooks.  However, if you wish to check other library resources in your area the following sites are a good place to start:




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