Help me I’m a Distance Learner!

Welcome to all students who are studying at a distance 🙂  This post will summarize our services which are available to you.  It is also worth saying that you are very welcome to come to campus and use the physical Library, if this something which is feasible for you.  (For further information about the physical Library, please see the ‘How Do I..?’ section.)

Postal service

We can offer a postal service to students who are studying at a distance.  (This usually means students who are living in the mainland UK, outside of the county of Hampshire.)

  • We can post out to you books which are either standard loan (4 weeks) or 7 day loan.
  • You are responsible for the cost of return postage and for ensuring that the book reaches the Library by the due date.
  • Postal loans are liable to recalls in the normal way (i.e. another borrower may reserve the book, meaning that you cannot renew it.)
  • Postal loans are liable to fines in the normal way (i.e. if the book is not returned by the due date then you will incur a fine.)
  • Unfortunately we cannot post 3 day loans or books which you have requested via Inter Library Loan.

To register for this service, or to ask questions about it, please contact


As a distance learner you will have access to our e-resources.  This post provides an introduction to how to get the most out of online resources.  If you would like further information about accessing our e-resources, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Inter-Library Loans

If you are unable to find the material you need in our Library, we may be able to borrow it from another Library on your behalf (read more about this service here.)

We can email you journal articles which you have requested, as we usually receive these in PDF form.

Unfortunately we are not able to post out to you books which you have requested from other Libraries.  You would need to be in a position to collect the book in person from our Library.


The Library participates in the SCONUL Access scheme (a reciprocal agreement between many UK University Libraries.)  As a distance learner, you may be entitled to borrow items from another University Library via SCONUL.  Please apply online & wait for the confirmatory email before making a journey to another Library in order to access their materials.

If you have any questions about Library services for distance learners, please get in touch with us: / 01962 827051



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