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The University of Bolton Library


Books and Ebooks

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The Library provides access to a wide range of books, both as ebooks and in print. We work with academic staff to ensure that you have the key resources for your course. The easiest way to search for books is via Discover@Bolton. 


The Library provides access to over 200,000 ebooks and our collection is growing all the time! You can access ebooks online 24/7 : our Ebooks Guide has detailed information on our main ebook platforms, incuding how to search inside ebooks and make notes and annotations. 

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Using books

Latest updates on borrowing arrangements for 2020-21

Loan periods other than three week loans are indicated by coloured labels on the spine of the book as follows:

  • One week loan: YELLOW
  • Three week loan: NO LABEL
  • Part-time students only: BLUE
  • Three day loans: ORANGE
  • Two hour loans: GREEN

Some books are held in our High Demand collection which is a two hour loan. Ask at the Help Desk for these.

Items can be borrowed via the self-issue machines in the Link Zone. You will need your ID card in order to borrow. The machines print receipts: keep hold of these. If you are borrowing a DVD, remember to unlock the case on the way out. Any member of Library Staff will be pleased to help you with finding and borrowing items.

10 items

15 items
(Education students on postgraduate courses are limited to 10 items)

15 items

University staff
15 items

Latest updates on borrowing arrangements for 2020-21

Automatic renewal: if an item you have borrowed has not been reserved by another user, it will be renewed automatically the day before the item is due. You will receive an email to let you know that the renewal has happened or if you must return any reserved items. 

You don't need to wait for automatic renewal; you can renew any time:

  • Online using My Account
  • Telephone 01204 903094 during staffed hours. Have your University ID card ready.
  • In person at the Help Desk
  • Self-service machines in the Link Zone.

You can check the items you have on your account, and see that they have been renewed, by accessing your Library Account.

There is further information about renewing print items here, and our guide to using the Library catalogue may also be of use:

Return items using the Self Service machines within the Link Zone. Always check the receipt to see that all of your items have registered.

When the Library is not open, use the Book Return Bin, outside of Eagle Bistro.

Reserving items

  • If you need an item already out on loan, you can reserve it. 
  • When returned, the item will be held at the Library Desk for you to collect.
  • You can only reserve three week and one week loan types.
  • You will not be able to reserve items if you have fines above £5 on your account, if you have been sent an invoice for overdue items.
  • You cannot make a reservation if there is an available copy on the shelves.
  • You cannot specify a three or one week loan, you will be allocated the first copy that is returned.
How do I make a reservation?

On the library catalogue, find the item you need and click on the Reserve button. Enter your student number (the eight-digit number on your student card) and Library PIN. We cannot accept reservation requests by telephone.

How will I know when my reservation is ready for collection?

An email will be sent to your university email account when your reservation is ready for collection from the Library Desk.

You can check the status of your reservation by clicking on the 'My Account' link from the Library Catalogue and logging into your borrower account.

Your reservation will be kept at the Library Desk for one week, after which it will either be made available to the next borrower in the reservation queue or returned to the shelves if there is no queue.

If an item becomes overdue because we were unable to renew automatically, we will send an overdue reminder to your university email account after one week. If you fail to return the item we will then send you two further reminders. If items are still not returned you will be sent an invoice for the cost of replacing them. If you do receive an invoice please act on this immediately as the matter is then referred to the Finance Department.

If you think you have misplaced an item please contact the Library Desk as soon as possible.

Your fine needs to be less than £5 in order to borrow or renew items.

If you have accrued fines because you were away from the University due to some mitigating circumstances please contact the Library Desk:

Telephone: 01204 903094
Email: The Library Desk Team

Library fines

  • 3 week loans: 10p per day for first 2 weeks, then 25p per day
  • 1 week loans: 10p per day for first week, then 25p per day
  • 3 day loans: 50p per day
  • Desk Reference: 50p per hour
  • High Demand Desk Reference: £5 per hour or part hour
  • Inter-Library Loans: 50p per day
  • Laptop loans: £5 per hour or part hour

The University of Bolton has access to over 10,000 ebooks that can be accessed on any device with an Internet connection. Ebooks can be accessed via Discover@Bolton, the Library catalogue, or if your tutor wishes you to consult a specific book, through Resource Lists Online.

To access an ebook, click on the link to the title and login with your Network ID and password. 

You can view the items you have on loan, track Inter-Library Loans requests and find if reserved items are ready for collection. 

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


Finding books with the Library Catalogue

Search by book title, author or keywords and find the location of the items on the Library shelves.

Finding material with Resource Lists Online

Resource Lists Online (RLO) allows you to access module reading lists, and provides links to electronic resources from within that list where available. RLO is also accessible via Moodle.

For further help with RLO, take a look at the quick start guide:

Reference sources

The Library has a small print reference only collection. There are two online reference sources which are accessible via the links below and via Discover@Bolton:

Finding books with Discover@Bolton

Discover@Bolton includes ebooks and print books held by the library, as well as giving you an option to search for open access ebooks.

Search by book title, author or keyword.


Our Discover@Bolton guide has information and videos to help you search effectively. 

Ebook platforms

Ebooks are included in both the library catalogue and Discover@Bolton. However, you may also wish to use the ebook platforms themselves.