Borrowing from the University of Plymouth library

The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is currently open Monday to Sunday 08:00–20:00.

You must book at Resource Booker to use the library. We also have a Reserve and Collect Service.

If you need help accessing alternative resources please speak to your Information Specialist.


  • You'll need your University card to issue books.
  • You are responsible for everything borrowed on your card and for any fines or charges incurred.
  • Self-service issue machines are available on levels 1, 0 and 2.

Borrowing entitlement

Who How many How long
Students 20 6 weeks
Staff 20 6 weeks
Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students 20   plus an additional 40 items from the School Experience Collection (SEC)   6 weeks (16 weeks for SEC)
Associates 6 6 weeks

The library is open 24/7 term time. Loans may be due back during vacation periods.


You may be able to renew your loans if you need to keep them longer. To renew via the Primo homepage, sign in (top right of the page) using your University username and password, and select 'My Account'. Further information is available on Library & IT Self Help

You will not be able to renew if:

Someone else has placed a recall on an item (return the item by the new due date to avoid a fine).

You owe £25 or more in fines and/or charges.

If you are away from the University, you can post items back to us ‘For the attention of Library and IT Enquiries’.

If the Library doesn’t have what you need, you may be eligible to use our Inter Library Loans Service.


  • You do not need your University card to return items.
  • The self-service return machines are available on level 1.

You will only be fined if you’re late returning an item requested by someone else.

Library stock is issued for 6 weeks unless another borrower requests it, in which case it becomes a 7 day loan. If one of your loans is requested, you will receive a recall email notification with the new due date. Fines are charged for overdue recalled items.

Overdue category Penalty
Overdue book – not recalled No fine. Account suspended until item renewed or returned.
6 weeks overdue – not recalled If not renewed within 6 weeks of the due date, an item is deemed lost and you are charged the replacement cost.
Overdue book – recalled A fine of £2 per item per day to a maximum of £50 per item (if not returned within 7 days of recall or by due date if sooner).
Overdue inter-library loan £5.35 renewal fee per item. Other fees may apply*
Lost item Cost of item replacement from library suppliers.

* please see our Inter Library Loan self-help article for more information.

Invoiced charges:

If you have over £25 of charges on your account, you will be invoiced and your library account will remain suspended until the balance is brought below £25. 

To avoid fines:

Check your emails and library account regularly and return or renew items on time. Remember items can be recalled at any time. A recalled item cannot be renewed and must be returned within 7 days or by the original due date, whichever is sooner.

The following library notices are sent to your University registered email address:

  • Library courtesy notice – 7 days before the due date
  • Library due date reminder – on due date
  • Library overdue items warning – 3 weeks overdue
  • Library overdue items bill – 6 weeks overdue (item set to “Lost”)
  • Receipt of library payment – when you make any payment at the Library
  • Library loan update/recall – when you need to return an item requested by another user.

You can pay fines:

  • at the information desk on level 1 of the library with a debit or credit card or with your University card pre-loaded with money
  • by phone +44 1752 588588 with a debit or credit card
  • by cheque, made payable to 'Plymouth University', posted to Library and Digital Support, The Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
  • for invoiced charges, follow directions at the bottom of the invoice to pay by BACS.
Once a lost item has been paid for (before or after invoice) we will not normally accept returned items or offer refunds, since we will have purchased a replacement copy. Please contact or the Library Information Desk with any queries. 

Get the books you need quickly with request and recall.

We operate a request and recall system so we can make popular items available to as many customers as possible.

If an item you need is on loan, don't wait for it to be returned – simply place a request

Your request will trigger a recall. Recalled items cannot be renewed by the current borrower and must be returned within 7 days of the request being placed, or by the original due date, whichever is sooner. You will receive an email once your requested item is available to collect. Reservations are held by the Information Desk on level 1.

All items are subject to recall at any time including vacations. 

Make sure you return any books you don’t need and check your emails for recall notices. Fines are charged for overdue recalled items.

Library support tailored to your needs.

Support services are available to enable access to library resources for University of Plymouth students who are

  • registered with Disability Services
  • on a part-time course
  • on a full-time course in part-time mode
  • on placement of 6 weeks or more
  • living permanently more than 25 miles away from campus.

Services include:

  • postal loans
  • book collection service
  • copy/scan and email service
  • assistive technology equipment and software
  • alternative formats.

For full details, see our Library Guides:

Distance, placement and part-time students

Disability support in the library

Reserve and Collect

Students and staff can reserve a book on Primo and collect it at a later date. Collection will be available from the level 0 Learning Space at the Library.

You must book at Resource Booker to collect your book and will need to wear a face covering when in the building.

The Level 0 Learning Space is open 24/7. You will need to swipe your University card to access this area.

Inter Library Loans

Normal Inter Library Loan services have now resumed. You can request articles, chapters and books. Please note that supply times may take longer than usual.

If we are able to supply an Inter Library Loan book you will receive an email when it is available and will be able to collect it from the Level 0 Learning Space. You will need to book a time slot on Resource Booker to collect your book.

Book returns

You can return your books, including Inter Library Loans, to the library by using the red returns bin located in the level 1 foyer. You will need your University card to access this area out of hours (20:00–08:00).