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Library Services Summer support: Key Information

Welcome to Aston University Library.    We have a large amount of resources available online to help you with your studies, and you can also request a printed copy that is available in the Library via our book collection service. Our staff are here to answer your queries and provide support remotely via a range of channels.  Feel free to get in touch and we will try and help.

Online chat

  LiveChat Monday - Friday:    09:00 - 17:00
+44 (0)121 204 4525 (Available 24/7)

Follow us on Twitter for any updates to our services and keep up to date with the University response to COVID-19 on their dedicated webpage

Collect a book from the Library instructions

The Library is offering a book collection service which enables Aston staff and students to request a print copy of a book that is available on the shelves. 

Books on loan, recalls and fines

October calendar

All Aston University Library books which are currently out on loan have had their due date extended to 30 October 2020.  In addition where possible we have tried to obtain ebooks for any print titles that are on reading lists.

Recalls and Fines

Any books you currently have on loan will not be subject to recall unless there is an urgent need for the book and it is the only copy available.  The charging of fines for overdue items has been suspended until 30 October 2020


Accessing the Library

Link to Visiting the Library

The Library building is currently only open 12:00 - 14:00 Monday-Thursday for Aston staff and students who have booked a slot to collect any print books they have requested.  Only people collecting a book are able to access the Library, any changes will be displayed on our Opening hours page.

SCONUL has suspended it's access scheme for other academic libraries until further notice. Please check the SCONUL website and individual library websites for further information. 

Returning books


You can return any books your have borrowed in the external book box.  This is located to the right hand side of the doors and is open 24/7.  Just pull the handle and drop your books into the slot.  The books will be held in quarantine for 72 hours before being returned off your Library record.  

If you would prefer, you can post the books back to us at the following address:

Public Services Co-ordinator
Library Services
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Please note that the book is your responsibility until it has been returned off your account so you may wish to use a track and trace or courier service to be sure of its safe return.

Inter-library Loans

We are currently unable to request print material from other libraries via Inter-library Loan. However, we may be able to source electronic copies of articles.

You should continue to request articles via our Inter-library Loans service and our staff will check the requests and contact you to let you know if they can acquire the article for you.