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Our new Library System: Introduction

Your Library ; just better

What does a Library System do and what does it mean for me?

In June 2016 we introduced a new Library Management System.

A Library Management System helps us to manage all of our stock - from ordering and processing through to making it available both physically and electronically. It also helps us to record what you have on loan and calculates when it is due back.

The software is provided by the market leader in library management systems and is in use at University and National Libraries across the globe. It will allow us to keep track of all our digital and print stock in a much more efficient manner for years to come.

If you would like to save your e-shelf, your loan history or Inter-Library Loan (ILL) history, you will need to do this before the migration to the new system. Unfortunately the time for saving your ILL history, loan history and e-shelf yourself has now passed. We are now unable to save items on your e-shelf, but should you wish to save your "loan history" and "ILL history", please contact us on 

Key Changes


In the new system you will no longer have to renew your books. This will be done automatically for a period of 12 months unless someone else requests one of the books you have on loan, in which case you will be notified to return it.

Increased borrowing

Undergraduates and taught postgraduates will be able to borrow more books - 18 for undergraduates and 30 for taught postgraduates.

Fairer fines system

Fines will only be due on material that has been requested and not returned on time, and on items in shorter loan periods which are in high demand.

The catalogue

The catalogue will now be available through Library Search.

Library Search

The new search facility will allow for better refinement of searches allowing for more accurate results. See 'hints tab' for further information