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Placement Students: Accessing the print collection


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To search for:

  • a specific book, type in the author surname and some words from the title
  • books on a topic, type your keywords and then select Books from the Limit by material type menu on the left-hand side of your results page

(Reading lists for individual modules can be accessed via Blackboard)

Borrow a book

All current students and staff can borrow up to 35 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

Request a postal loan

While you are on your placement you can ask the Library staff to post books out to you. You can check Library Search to make sure we have the books in stock and then complete the online request form.

All requests and further correspondence will be sent by email. It is important that you check your Aston email at least every other day to see if any books have been recalled.

You can also return books by post but you will need to pay the return postage. Books may be returned by courier or post but the service used should give a guaranteed return within 2-3 days. All items returned should be securely packed and addressed to:

Library Services
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

Please note that you are responsible for the safe return of the book, and if it is lost while it is being returned, you will have to pay for its replacement.

Request a scanned chapter

As a 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 Search 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 form.  You must print the form out blank and complete it, remembering to sign each request with your written signature or complete it online and sign it digitally. A typed signature is not acceptable under Copyright Law.

Scanning Request Form24.9 KB

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 or return the form in person to the Help desk on the ground floor of the Library.

REMEMBER - we need a written signature or a digital 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.