Take a look at our quick guide to help you get started with using the Library.
Remember to bring your Campus Card with you whenever you visit us so you can access our buildings, borrow items and use printing facilities.
Your Campus Card is a personal ID and must not be lent to other users. If you ever lose your card, you must contact CIS for a replacement (there's a £10 charge to replace your card) - make sure you keep it safe!
We offer a variety of study spaces across campus to suit your study needs - check out our Libraries and site information guide for details of each of our study space sites, and our Study spaces guide provides more information about the types of study spaces available.
Discover allows you to search for items across our library, museum and special collections. It will show you any relevant resources, based on what you have entered into the search box, and will tell you how you can access them.
Your online Library Card account allows you to see all your borrowing activity with us. To view your account, log in to our library catalogue, Discover, click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen and it will appear in the drop-down menu.
Once logged in, you can:
Remember to check your Durham University email regularly for messages from the Library, including notifications or updates on any items you have on loan.
You can borrow items from Bill Bryson Library using our self-service borrowing machines on Level 2 - make sure you check the date your item is due back on the borrowing receipt or on your Library Card account.
Undergraduate students can borrow up to 20 items at a time, and postgraduate students can borrow between 30-40 items. Items on loan will automatically renew every three weeks for 12 months, as long as they haven't been reserved by another user. More information on borrowing, loan periods and allowances can be found on our Borrow guide.
You can reserve an item that is already out on loan - this will stop the automatic renewal on the item so that it is returned to the Library for you to borrow, usually within seven days. This also means that someone else can reserve an item that you have on loan, and you will need to return it to the Library by its updated due date.
A few things to be aware of:
You can return your items to Bill Bryson Library using the self-service return machines on Level 2 (opposite the Help and Information Desk) or by posting them through the Book Drop outside the main entrance. Visit our Return guide for more information.
Remember to check your University email and online library account regularly so you know when your loans are due to be returned (currently, charges are only being added on reserved items).
Charges of over £10 will block activity on your Library account, meaning you won't be able to borrow, renew loans or reserve items. You can view and pay your charges by logging into your Library Card account. Visit our Library charges guide for more information.