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The University of Bolton Library

Environmental Management: Using the Peter Marsh Library

Opening times

Opening Times

The Peter Marsh Library is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for study space and self service. See our Opening Times for details of staff availability. 

Please observe our COVID-safe procedures when visiting the Library. 

Finding your way around

Library Workshops and Events

All upcoming Library training sessions are available on our Events page

Where to go for help

The Help Desk is located in the Link Zone; IT support is also available at this desk. In addition, we offer a roving support service: just look for staff throughout the Library.

Access the Library Catalogue

Use the link below to access the library catalogue:

Services and facilities

The mission of the Library is to provide an academic information resource supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the user community on all major sites of the University, in such a way as to achieve the highest professional standards in a cost effective and user friendly manner.

The Service aims to provide: access to materials and services required for learning; accommodation in which study can be carried out; guidance, instruction and information about the services available; development of key skills and provision of learning support.

Our Library Essentials quick start guide is available below:

Update on Visiting the Library

There is now no need to book for Collection/Return/Browsing the Shelves. You can attend at the time of your choosing but please observe our COVID-safe procedures. Please continue to book Study Space in advance


The University of Bolton Library provides access to a range of material to support your studies. Our collections support the University’s strategic direction, that of being a teaching intensive, research informed university, and include:

  • materials physically held by the Library

  • electronic resources accessed through licence agreements with publishers

  • digital information resources created by members of the University and held by the University

Management of the Library's resources and collections is governed by the following policies:

  • Collection Development Policy [Available Soon]

  • Stock Maintenance Policy [Available Soon]

  • Reading List policy [Available Soon]

  • Theses Policy [Available Soon]

You currently need to book to use a study space in the Library.

Book a Study Space

Group study space is currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience. 

You currently need to book to use a study space in the Library.

Book a Study Space

Group study space is currently unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience. 


Seven multi-functional devices enabling printing, photocopying and scanning are available in the Library. To use these facilities, you will need your ID card. A number of help guides are available:

Photocopying and printing charges

Each semester your account will be credited with £10. When you photocopy or print, this account will be debited; prices below. You can top up your account using the self-service machine in the Link Zone, or by visiting the Help Desk.

Black & white, on A4 paper (single sided) £0.04
Black & white, on A4 paper (double sided) £0.07
Black & white, on A3 paper (single sided) £0.06
Black & white, on A3 paper (double sided) £0.11
Black & white, on A4 acetate £0.14
Colour, on A4 paper (single sided)  £0.08
Colour, on A4 paper (double sided) £0.14
Colour, on A3 paper (single sided) £0.12
Colour, on A3 paper (double sided) £0.22
Colour, on A4 acetate £0.18

A number of self-service facilities are available within the Library:

  • Top-up your printing and photocopying account via the machine in the Link Zone
  • Borrow a laptop from the cabinets in the Link Zone. Laptops can be borrowed for a period of three hours and are available at times when the Library is staffed. You will need your ID card to borrow a laptop
  • Issue and return books and manage your Library Account, including reserving books. Manage your Library Account by following the link below:


The Library is unable to provide any binding services at present. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please see the options below for alternatives.


Softback binding

Two types of softback binding are available for students: thermal and comb. This good quality binding can be used for assignments, projects and dissertations. Comb binding has a plastic spine and thermal binding has a hard metal spine. Both types of binding have a clear plastic front and back cover. 

This is a 4 hour leave and collect service. Items left after 5pm can be collected the following day.

Please ask at the Help Desk for further details and to take advantage of this service.

  • Thermal binding: £2 per document
  • Comb binding: £1 per document
Hardback binding

Hardback binding is provided in conjunction with Walkers Binding, which is based at the University of Salford and used frequently by the University of Bolton.

Email your PDF document to Walkers Binding for a quote. Payment is made online and theses can be delivered to the Library on request.

Other companies are also available: Blissett Thesis Binding (examples available on request from the Library Desk) and BSM Print, a local company suitable for art student. Their telephone number is 01204 656333 or via email.

The University of Bolton has set out the following requirements for hardback binding:

  Front                                      Spine

You are also advised to check the University of Bolton's Research Degree Thesis Binding information for further details.


Computer availability

Need to access a computer? Click on the link below to see how many machines are free, and where:

About the library

This statement describes the provision all users may expect the Service to provide within the available resources. It also states the responsibilities users are expected to exercise in return.

The Library will provide:
  • Access to materials and services required for learning
  • A friendly, comfortable, quiet and safe environment in which to study
  • Guidance, instruction and information about the services available
  • Assistance with study skills and learning support
Users are expected to:
  • Observe published guidelines on access and behaviour
  • Handle stock (and hardware) in a manner which maintains accessibility
  • Return materials borrowed by the due date
  • Take responsibility for their part in maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in which learning can take place

This section outlines how we perform against standards and objectives. We are proud to have been awarded Customer Service Excellence.

Consultation Strategy

The University of Bolton Library is committed to helping people get the most out of its facilities and additional services are offered to anyone with a disability of any kind within the Library. Our guide to enhanced learning support services is available here.

The University of Bolton Disability Service can help you to access a wide range of individulised support

The University Library wants users to get the maximum benefit from using our services and seeks to provide an enjoyable and pleasant environment in which to do so: friendly, safe, secure and relaxed.

We request that make yourselves familiar with, and abide by, rules and regulations covering the use of the Library, computers, software and the academic network. These are detailed on this page, which includes a link to the Library Code of Conduct.

Need some information?

Contact the Library

Contact the Library

General library queries:

Use our Contact Us form or view our full contact details

You can also book an Online Research Appointment with an Academic Librarian

General IT queries:

Use the IT Self Service portal to contact IT, request assistance or report a fault.

Comments, suggestions and complaints

Visit our Feedback page for details of how to get in touch and how we act on your feedback. 

Access your library account

Use the link below to access your Library Account to view borrowed items, track Inter-Library Loan requests and find out if reserved items are ready for collection:

A help guide on getting the most out of your library account is available: