Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

UHI Shetland Library

Borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Borrowing books

You may borrow up to 15 books at any one time. The loan periods vary depending on how much a book is in demand. As well as print books the Library service also provides access to a vast collection of online books which can be read online and many downloaded. Our Library Search provides information on all of the books held by UHI Shetland libraries, plus all the UHI partner library collections, as well as providing links to all of the online books. 

Books for loan held by other UHI partner libraries may be borrowed through the inter-site loan scheme.

To login into online Library resources (if prompted) you will need your UHI student/D number and your password.

Reserving books

UHI students and staff may reserve/request items via Library Search.  Click on the "Place Hold" button in the item record. 

Requests can also be made by completing a "Click & Collect" or "Postal Loan" form or by emailing the book details to library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk from your UHI email account.

Please note reserved items will only be held for a limited number of days before going back into circulation. You will be sent an email when items are ready for collection.

Renewing books

Items can be renewed online via "My Account" in Library Search. 

You can also renew your loans via the links / tiles in myday.

You can also contact us to renew your loans -  library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk or telephone (01595) 771258.  Note that we can renew them for you as long as they have not been reserved by someone else.

Click and collect

Click and Collect

If you would like us to have books ready for your to collect - request the items you need via Library Search (click on the "Place Hold" button). 

Alternatively you can make requests for items by completing the online form (you can also use the button below), or email requests to library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk. For Photo of bookseach resource we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your college / UHI email so we can identify you.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email when you can collect the books.   

  • If you are a distance learning student please see the information on our Postal Loan Service

Image by Hermann Traub from Pixabay

 

Postal Loan Service

Postal Loan Service

If you would like us to post resources out to you - request the items you need via Library Search (click on the "Place Hold" button).    

Alternatively complete the online form (or use the button below)., or email requests to library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk. For each resource we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your college / UHI email so we can identify you.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email when books have been posted out. 

Please note the following measures put in place:

  • Print books will not normally be sent out if there is an electronic copy available through the UHI library collections.
  • If you would like to make a special case for receiving print books in these circumstances, please contact us by email (library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk) and the librarian will consider your case. 
  • This service is primarily designed for those unable to collect resources in person and those who cannot reasonably travel to Shetland UHI. 
  • Students and staff members of UHI Shetland will not be charged for outgoing postage and, if you are based in the UK, resources can be returned to UHI Shetland by post for free.  Contact library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.
 

Inter-site Loans - borrowing from other UHI Libraries

Inter-site loans

If you need to borrow a book(s) held at another UHI partner library please complete either the Click and Collect, or Postal Loan, Request form, or email library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk, with book details and we will request the books on your behalf. Books will be posted to your home address free of charge. If an eBook is available partner libraries will not post you a print copy unless there are special circumstances and this has been agreed by Student Services e.g. if you are dyslexic.

Returning resources

Returning resourcesPhotograph of the Library book return box in the foyer at the College

There is a 'return point' at each campus.  At the Lerwick campus, the return box is situated in the entrance foyer to the building.  At the Scalloway campus the return box is situated in the entrance foyer to the John Goodlad Centre building.  Alternatively resources can be returned to us, for free, by post.  Contact library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.

You may receive an automatic email when resources are due to be returned. If you no longer require a resource please return it as soon as possible to make it available for other people to borrow. If you need to use anything beyond the due date, you can usually renew the loan (if it is not reserved).  If you would like to renew any loans see the UHI Libraries video on renewing loans or contact UHI Shetland library staff at library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk.

If you are a distance learner please contact us for our FREEPOST address.  Contact library.shetland@uhi.ac.uk, or telephone (01595) 771258, for details.