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Our services: Part-Time and Distance Learners: Postal Loans

Ask DULib

Contact us through our enhanced virtual enquiry desk, Ask DULib. Search our FAQs, email us, or chat with a librarian. 
Ask DULib is available to all students, staff and users.

Ask DULib, Library Help

For a small charge students registered on Part-Time or Distance-Learning courses can have Durham University library books posted to a UK address. To make use of the service simply complete this form telling us who you are, what you want and where you want it delivering.

  • The postal loans service is only available to students registered on part-time or distance-learning courses and is not available to full-time students or students who have opted to study from home this academic year. Students on placement might be eligible to use the service, please contact Judith Walton for advice.

  • The Library will only post standard loan books (i.e. not reference books, short loans, 3 day loans or books on a waiting list). We would be unable to send fragile, extra large or very heavy books.

  • We cannot post College books or books borrowed from other university or public libraries via the Document Delivery Service.

  • A charge of £3.50 (per volume) will be added to your library record when the book is issued to you.

  • While we usually aim to post books to you within 2 working days, this could take up to 10 days since there is only a small number of staff working in the Bill Bryson Library, covering all the other services currently on offer.

  • The book will appear on your library record when it is posted from the Library.

  • We will post up to 3 books at a time to addresses in the UK and Northern Ireland.

  • All loans can be recalled at any time, so remember to check your Durham University email regularly while you have books on loan.

  • The books can be renewed online from your library record. Please renew books early in case the book is required by another user and you have to post it back to the library.

  • You will be responsible for the book while it is on loan to you (from when it leaves the library until its return).

  • If you return the book by post then you will have to pay the cost of the return postage. We recommend that you obtain a certificate of postage from the post office as proof of posting.