University LibraryStaff and researchers

About us


Welcome to Loughborough University Library. Here are our quick tips for getting started with using our resources and services. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more advice or to ask us any questions.


Visit our Libraries

Tip 1 - Visit our libraries

Visit the Pilkington Library at Loughborough or the Library at our London campus to see the resources and facilities available to you. Staff at our help desks will be pleased to answer any queries you have or show you around. We have extensive opening hours throughout the year – open until 2am every day during term time at the Pilkington Library and 24hr opening in London. We also have a map of the Pilkington Library to help you navigate your way round the four floors.

Opening hours Library map

Find your books

Tip 2 - Find your books

We have an easy to search online catalogue to help you locate books you want to borrow and articles that are available online. If you need any help using the catalogue, just ask at one of our help desks or email us: We also have an online reading list system that will tell you what you should read on each module.

Library catalogue Reading lists

Borrow books icon

Tip 3 - Borrow your books

Borrowing and returning books couldn’t be easier once you have found them on our shelves. Just take them to one of our self service machines and follow the easy on screen instructions. You will need your staff/student card to borrow books but you don’t need it to return them. You can print off a receipt on the machines, but we do send an email that night to confirm what you have borrowed/returned to help save paper. You can also check your account, renew books and pay for fines on the machines. There is lots more information about borrowing on our website.

Borrowing books

Access our online resources

Tip 4 -Access our online resources

Explore our vast range of online resources available through the Library Catalogue. You will need a password for certain resources and also for off-campus use. If you are studying off campus, we recommend you use the University’s VPN system. This will make accessing resources off campus a lot easier for you.

Online resources VPN system

Get connected

Tip 5 - Get connected

Get help and advice on all things IT at our friendly PC Clinic here in the Library. They can fix your HallNet or Wi-Fi connection problems, help connect your device to our network printers, or set up your network filestore. They are open every day during term time: Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m

PC Clinic

Print, copy, scan

Tip 6 - Print, copy, scan

The Library has MFD printer/copier/scanners on all floors of the building which are linked to the PCs across campus. You can print A4 or A3 on our MFDs in either b&w or colour. You will need to add print credit to your account to print/copy documents which you can add in advance online. You can also pay with cash/card at the main help desk in the Library. You can also add the printers to your own devices. Staff at the PC Clinic can help you with this if you are struggling.

Self-service printing

Get the know how

Tip 7 - Get the Know How

Come along to one of our regular Get the Know How academic skill sessions for help with essay writing, referencing & citation, time management and other essential knowledge. Looking for some practical support and advice on improving your study skills? The following range of study advice sheets provide guidance on how to enhance your study skills in particular areas. Need some help balancing your study time with your social commitments? A range of planning sheets are also available to help you keep on top of things.

Know How workshops Advice and planning sheets

Get help with your subject

Tip 8 - Get help with your subject

View our online subject guides to help your find information on your subject area, what the best resources to use are and quick referencing tips to use in your coursework. They also have the contact details for your Academic Librarian.

Subject guides

Escape with a book

Tip 9 - Escape with a book

Take a break from your text books and browse our leisure reading section upstairs on Level 4. We have arrange of graphic novels, modern fiction, autobiographies and well-being books available for anyone to borrow. Reading is good for you – trust us, we’re librarians!

Ask us

Tip 10 - Ask us

You’ll find our friendly team on our enquiry desks throughout the day if you have any questions. You can also email us and follow us on social media via Twitter or Instagram for latest updates. You can even ring us on 01509 222360

Contact us Twitter Instagram