Borrowing Books

  •     Undergraduates can borrow twenty books
  •     Postgraduate taught students can borrow twenty-five books
  •     Postgraduate research students can borrow thirty-five books

All books are found on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Find out more about finding, returning, renewing and reserving books

If the book is not in the Library collection, you can ask the Library to purchase it or you could request the book via our Inter-library Loans service.

Postal loans in the UK and Ireland

If you are a part-time student, on a distance learning course, on your placement or have a disability or additional need, you can ask the Library staff to post books out to you.  If you are outside the UK, please contact your Information Specialist.

You can check Library SmartSearch to make sure we have the books in stock and if we have, then complete the online request form.

Serviced Scanning

If you are a part-time, distance learning student or placement student you can ask for scanned copies of articles from journals and chapters from books to be made on your behalf. These will be emailed to your Aston email address.  In order to request a scan you will need to check on Library SmartSearch to make sure the book or journal is available at Aston.  If it isn't on SmartSearch you will need to use the Inter-library Loan service instead.

To make a scanning request use the scanning request forms.  You must print the form out blank and complete it, remembering to sign each request with your written signature. A typed signature is not acceptable under Copyright Law.

Request form in Rich Text Format(for both PCs and Macs)

Scan the form and post back to us - address details are on the form. You can also scan, sign and email the form back as an attachment to library@aston.ac.uk or return the form in person to the Help desk on the ground floor of the Library.

REMEMBER - we need a written signature to process any request for scanning.

You may only request one article from any one issue of a journal, or one reasonable length chapter from a book. Requests for multiple articles or chapters from the same issue/book are not permitted due to copyright legislation.

Serviced scanning costs 5p per page.  Charges will be added to your Library record to be paid at the end of your course of study or when the amount reaches £50.  Payment can be made online.

Store Journals

Most of our printed journals are kept in the Library store.  If you would like to borrow one of these titles please fill in the form to request a journal volume/issue from the Library Store.


Your request will be available to collect from the Library Help Desk within 2 working days of our receiving the full and accurate information required and you will receive an email informing you when it's available to collect.