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Library Services for Distance Learners

If you are registered on an Eligible Course you can take advantage of our services for Distance Learners.

Please check your University of Bradford email frequently, as this is the main method by which we will contact you.


Help and Support

Frequently asked questions

How many books can I borrow?

Please see the Library's information about borrowing books.

How do I borrow books?

As a distance learner use the postal loan request form.

Do you charge fines for overdue items?

Please see the Library's information about fines.

How do I renew my book?

Please see the Library's information about renewing books.

Where do I find my Library PIN?

Please see the Library's information about PINs.

What usernames and passwords do I need to access the online library resources from off campus?

You will need your University of Bradford username and password to access most of our online resources.

Having problems accessing resources online?

Please see the Library's information about Athens. However, you do not need an Athens username and password. You simply need your UoB username and password. In most cases you will need to select the Institution/Shibboleth route. Select University of Bradford for the list of institutions and then login with your UoB username and password.

How do I find journal articles?

If you know the details of the article you need check the Library Catalogue under title of journal. If you want to find articles on a particular topic you will need to use the journal article databases that are available through the eResources webpage. For more information about searching databases please contact your Subject Librarian.

What are databases?

See the definition under letter 'D' on our Library Language webpage.

How do I access journal articles online?

Many journal articles are available online. You will mostly need your University of Bradford username and password to access them.

Why can’t I see the full article even after putting in my University of Bradford username and password?

In most cases this will be because the University of Bradford does not have a subscription to the journal title. To check if it is part of Bradford subscriptions check the Library catalogue. Type in the title of the journal. If we have a subscription to the journal, the library catalogue will show you which years we have paid-for access and provide you with a direct link to the journal webpage. If there isn’t a record for the journal on the catalogue then the library does not have a subscription and you will not be able to view it online.

The University of Bradford has the journal I need but in paper only what shall I do?

If we only have paper copies of a journal you will need to submit a photocopy request form in order to get a copy of the article you need. The article will be photocopied and posted to whichever address you enter on the form. There is a charge for this service.

What if the University doesn’t have a subscription to the journal I need?

If we don’t have a subscription to a particular journal you will need to submit a photocopy request form in order to get a copy of an article from the journal. The request will be passed to the Interlibrary Loans department who will obtain a copy of the paper (normally from the British Library) and send it electronically to your university email address. There is a charge for this service.