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Distance Learners: e Book Supply/Postal Loan

e Book Supply/Postal Loan Service

This service may be used by registered distance learners to request books currently held in Middlesex University's Library stock (we are unable to post books acquired via the Inter-Library Loans service). 

Where possible, we will provide you with access to an e copy of your requested title. If an e copy is not available, we will post out a print copy.

Please note that you must register with us as a distance learner and receive an email confirmation of your registration, before placing requests on books.

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

If your registration has been confirmed and you wish to request a book to be supplied 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 default campus showing as Distance Learner (i.e. Delivery). If you want to collect the item yourself, select Hendon from the drop down menu.

If you have opted for 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 may cause delays with your request if we are unable to supply an e copy.

Request confirmation

Click Request and your reservation will have been placed. If we are unable to supply an e copy, a print copy 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 a postal loan 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:

  • Access to ebooks or postal delivery of print books from within the Middlesex University collection - No charge. Borrowers just pay for the postal return of print books.  
  • Electronic delivery of journal articles or chapters of books held within the Middlesex University Library collection - £2 per request.
  • Electronic delivery of copies of journal articles and chapters of books not held within the Middlesex University collection i.e Document Supply service - £3 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).