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Distance Learners: Postal loan

Postal Loan

The Postal Loan service may be used by registered distance learners to request books currently held in Middlesex University Library stock. We are unable to post books acquired via the Inter-library Loans service. 

Please note that you must register with us as a distance learner and receive an email confirmation of your registration, before using the Postal Loan service.

If this process has not been completed, any books you request may go to our reservation shelves instead of to us for packing and dispatching.

If your registration has been confirmed and you wish a book to be posted to you, please follow these instructions:

Go to the Library Catalogue.

Find the book you need, click on the title to open the full record and click Request item.

Requesting a book

Login as prompted (You have the option of using your usual IT User ID and password or your M number and date of birth).

You should see your campus showing as Distance Learner. If you don't want a postal loan, select Hendon from the drop down menu.

If you have opted for postal delivery, please ensure that you provide the first line of your preferred postal address and it's postcode in the box as shown below. Failure to do this will cause delays with your request.

Request confirmation

Click Request and your reservation will have been placed. The book will be retrieved from the shelf and brought to us for packing and dispatching and we will email you to let you know when it's on its way to you.

We extend the initial loan period to allow for postage time and return but any renewals you make on 28 day loans, will be for the usual loan period of the item. 7 day loan items issued to distance learners will renew for 14 days.

Please note that there is no charge for this service but you will have to cover the return postage costs. We advise you to obtain a certificate of postage (receipt/waybill etc).



In line with procedures for on campus students, charges are made as follows:

  • Postal delivery of books from within the Middlesex University collection - No charge, borrowers just pay for the postal return of the book.  
  • Electronic delivery of copies of journal articles and chapters of books held with the Middlesex University collection - £2 per request.

In addition, there are charges for the late return of materials and they are recorded on your library account.

Please pay by card by phoning +44 (0)20 8411 6060 (Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 5:00pm UK).