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Library Services & COVID-19: FAQs

  • The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is open 24/7. 

  • CSHL Level 0 Learning Space is open 24/7. 

  • PAHC is open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00

  • Other learning spaces are available across campus

  • Study rooms in the library are bookable via Resource Booker


How to access the Library

  • Please bring your University card to access the building. 

Borrowing Books

The library is open for you to browse the shelves and self-issue books. The self-issue machines are located on Level 1 by the entry gates.

Book Loans

Please check your library account and regularly renew your books. The option to recall a book is currently unavailable.

Inter Library Loans

The Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service enables you to request items that are not held at Plymouth University library.

You can request books, articles and chapters. Please make sure that any ILL requests you make are essential to your studies, are not available in our library, and are not available freely online, before placing an ILL.

If you are requesting an ILL book:

  • Make sure you are able to collect and return any ILL books in person.
  • Collect and return any ILL books to the Information desk, near the Level 1 entrance.

If you need help accessing alternative resources, please speak to your Information Specialist. Please note that supply times may take longer than usual.


The Library has a vast digital collection of ejournals, ebooks and specialist online resources which can be accessed remotely:

Search Primo: Primo defaults to online full text access for journal articles. To limit your search to online books as well, choose “books and “full text online” from the left hand refine menu. NB: Many Primo links to ebooks provided by Proquest Ebook Central now allow unlimited concurrent access during the Coronavirus period.

For support with Primo, please see the Primo Support Libguide

Academic staff: Please let your Information Specialist know of any key texts that are currently provided in print format. Information Specialists can look to identify alternative resources in digital format, including digital extract scans where available

Library Subject Guides collate the most useful digital resources for each subject including tailored collections of ebooks that allow for deeper searching within the text; legal resources; e-newspapers; e-archives; data resources; and online journal collections.

Do you have a module e-reading list? Many items on module reading lists are available electronically. Search Leganto for your module code.

Help & Support

Live Chat and Email: (available Monday-Friday, 09:00-18:00).

By phone: 01752 588588

You can also see our latest updates via Facebook and Twitter.

Information Specialist Support

Your Information Specialists will be available for online meetings via Zoom or email. Contact them via: