All UWE Bristol libraries have self-service machines.

What do the self-service machines do?

They can do some, or all, of the following, depending upon the self-service machine you're using:

  • Issue items
  • Renew items
  • Return items  
  • Issue items you have reserved that are awaiting collection 

How do they work?

Full instructions are displayed on the machine’s screen.

You will need your UWE Bristol ID card or external borrower card.

Removal of library PIN on self-service machines

Based on your feedback, we have made it easier to use our self-service machines. You no longer need to use a library PIN when borrowing books at our Bristol campuses. This is an improvement to the 'out of hours' library experience when staff are not available to help.

You will still need a library PIN for recalls or transferring a book to your campus and for laptop loans.

The self-service machines at Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Campus) will be updated soon.

Why won't it let me borrow? 

Common problems:

  • You have over £5.00 in outstanding or accruing library fines
  • You have borrowed too many items (see below) 

How long can I borrow an item for?

The majority of items may be borrowed for up to 365 days, with unlimited renewals - unless the item is recalled by another user. If the item is recalled, you will receive a notice to your UWE Bristol email address. You will then have 7 days to return it. If the item is not returned in time, then overdue charges will apply.

The item will only be issued for 8 days if there is a queue. In this situation you will also receive a recall notice the next day, which will confirm the date that the item is due.

We will send monthly loan reminders by email during your 365 day loan. Staff and students will receive these emails on their UWE Bristol email account.

What if I can't come to the library to borrow?

How many items can I borrow?

Borrower Maximum loans
at any one time
UWE Bristol students and staff 25
Member of the public 5 (2 reservations)

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