Using the Library

New to the Library? Take the Quick Start Tour.

Familiarising yourself with our services will help you get the best out of the Library.

Borrow and return books

The Fetch Service

  • How to use the Fetch Service (items fetched for you by staff from the ‘closed access’ parts of the Library).

Notebook, and iPad loans

  • Free loans of Apple MacBook Pros & Airs, Windows notebooks and iPads (within the Library) using our Everyware Service.

Copy, scan and print

Other services


  • Help and information connecting to WiFi.

Rent a private study carrel

Venue hire, and Filming

Drinking water

  • You can bring bottled water into the main Library. (Please note: bottled water is not allowed in the reading area of the Historic Collections reading room.)
  • The bottled water vending machine is opposite the Service Desk, 4th floor.
  • There are two (free) water dispensers in the Service Hall, 4th floor, one by the vending machine and the second next to the self-return machine.

The cafe

  • The South Block Cafe is on the ground floor (directly behind the Ceremonial Staircase). The Cafe serves hot and cold food and drinks.