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New Academic Staff: Library registration and borrowing

Staff borrowing from the library

Borrowing materials

Materials can be borrowed at the self-service machines on the Ground Floor on production of a valid Staff ID card.

For security reasons, items will only be issued if you have your own Staff ID card with you.


Staff may borrow a total of 20 items from the library collections.

Some library material is available only for reference use in the Library, including the print Journals. Certain specified books, DVDs and videos also marked 'Reference' may, on occasions, be borrowed by staff in academic departments, after consultation with the appropriate Liaison Librarian.

Return or Renew?

It is important to return items on loan by the due date. There is a book return outside the Library for staff to return books when the library is closed. Check opening times here.

Please renew items on loan if you cannot return them by the due date. Most 7, 14 and 28-day loans are renewable and items may be renewed via the Library Catalogue provided no-one has requested the item.

You can renew books via the Library Catalogue from anywhere in the world there is an internet connection or by using the link in the Middlesex University app, which you can get from your app store.

Items that become overdue will incur charges.

Registering with the library

Library membership

Library membership is open to all full-time and part-time staff employed by the University. 

Your staff identity card acts as your library card. You are automatically registered with the library.

 You will need your staff ID card:

  • To gain access to the Sheppard Library and other many campus buildings .
  • To borrow materials for use outside the library.

If you are a visiting or emeritus member of staff, please check with your academic department that you are on the university PAFIS system, as this controls the automatic set up of e-resources access.  If you are not employed by the university, then licence restrictions mean you will not have access to library resources.