How to use the library online catalogue

Information on using the Library online catalogue to request, renew, and reserve books once members are logged into the website. Non-members may also search the catalogue and request books by telephone and Email.


Using the online catalogue.

The library online catalogue can be searched by anyone, but certain features and services are only available to members and library-only members who have registered and logged in to the website first.

Searching the library online catalogue Searching for book and conference titles

Users can search for book or conference titles using the author, publisher, ISBN, year etc. Record will give the current status for the selected book, e.g On Loan, On Shelf, Reference, Missing.

Some book titles will have a link to the electronic version, which provides access to the contents of this book remotely. This is useful when the library copy of the book is missing from our stock or on loan to another user. 


The catalogue shows status information, so users can see immediately whether a title is already on loan, and allows many self-service functions to be performed. These self-service functions require members to be logged in to the website first.

Status: "On Shelf" or "Available"

Book titles with status "On Shelf" or "Available", can be requested for loan by ticking the box next to each record and then clicking on the "Request" button at the bottom of the page. Please remember to add your postal address to the notes field. An email is then sent to the library, where it is checked and then issued on loan to you. An email will be returned back to you to say it is in the post. All books are sent out by recorded delivery.

Status "On loan" 

Titles with status "On Loan" can be reserved for you by clicking on the "Reserve" button. This adds your name to the book's waiting list for you to borrow it. An email or phone call by library staff, will let you know when it has been returned and that it has now become available for you to borrow. 

My Stuff

Clicking on "My Stuff" allows users to review their "Current loans", "Loan history", "My overdues", "Current reserves", and also to "renew" their books on loan".

If a user is unable to renew their current loans then this may be because the book(s) has been reserved by another user and needs to be returned to the library asap. It could also be the case that the book(s) has been renewed already for the maximum amount of five times. In this instance the book(s) will have to be returned to the library. Please place a note with the returned book(s) if you would like them on loan to you again.

Searching for journal titles

After doing a subject search, journals will appear in capital letters in italic with a picture of a newspaper next to it. Full text articles are not available on the catalogue. To obtain a full-text article, please see our Document Supply page.

Some journal titles will have a web link to that journals external website, providing remote access to back issues. Some other titles will have links to our electronic journals resources via the Virtual Library, which again will give you remote access to full-text articles. You must be logged in to the website to view these titles.

If there are no web links, then the paper journals will be stored in one of the many library journal storage rooms and you will have to contact the library to view the journal in person or request a photocopy via our Document Supply service.

Other engineering institution members

Members of other engineering institutions can still borrow books, but they are asked to contact the library first.