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University Library

Library Services for Distance Learners

Postal Loans Service available: Did you know that students registered on distance learning courses can ask for library books to be posted to their home address? Follow the link in the "Related Links" box on the right for more information.

This suite of pages will give you an overview of the services offered by the Library to students registered on distance-learning courses. These pages assume that you may never set foot in the University Library: distance-learning students at Durham University are normally able to borrow books from other academic libraries across the UK and Ireland as part of an access agreement called SCONUL Access. This means that if you are on a distance-learning course at Durham, you could borrow from a local academic library rather than having to make a trip to Durham.

If you live close enough to our University Library to use it then you might find that the web pages for part-time students may be useful to you. The pages on visiting the library have details about accessibility, opening hours and parking.

The pages on finding and accessing resources guide you through the resources available to you and provide information on borrowing books (through the postal loans service), managing your loans, as well as guiding you to subject specific information, current awareness tools, online tutorials and subject help.