Short loans

High-demand print materials like core textbooks can be placed on 2-hour or 1-day loan.

You can request the library to move a physical textbook from the main collection onto 2-hour or 1-day loan to make sure all students have a chance to read it. eBooks can often also be configured to ensure maximum access for your class. The best way to request either short loan or e-book configuration is via Leganto

Short loan requests are welcome at any time, but to allow for library processing time we recommend submitting requests at least two weeks in advance of the start date of your course, or at other times 5 working days before you need the item.

In Leganto once you have a current reading list, you can simply:

  • Search for the title and add it as normal.
  • A pop-up will ask what option you prefer – select your answer and confirm.
  • The library will process the request and let you know if we need any more information.

If you want to change the status of an item already on your list, open it to use the “Discuss with LTL” feature.


  • If the Library does not hold, and is unable to purchase an item, a lecturer’s personal copy can be used instead. This will be returned at the end of the semester.
  • Books, pamphlets and DVDs can all go on short loan. Please email if you have a special request.
  • The most recent edition of a title would normally be placed on short loan unless the lecturer specifies otherwise.
  • Library staff may need to adjust the loan periods of material on short loan depending on demand. Where possible the lecturer will be contacted.
  • Material is removed from short loan after the final exams each semester.


Email if you have any questions.