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Postal loans

We can post standard loan items to you if you live in the UK or Ireland.

There will be a £10 charge for most students, although distance learners and healthcare students on placement are entitled to a certain amount for free or at a reduced cost.

You can also return items by post if needed – we will take the date of postage as the return date.

What you are entitled to receive

Students registered as distance learners are entitled to:

  • 10 free postal loans per academic year
  • additional loans at a cost of £5 per item

Healthcare students on placement are entitled to:

  • 5 free postal loans per academic year
  • additional loans at a cost of £5 per item

All other students will be charged £10 per loan item.

Only items owned by Leeds University Library can be borrowed by postal loan. We are not permitted to mail out items obtained from other libraries through our Document Supply service.

Please be aware that some materials may be too fragile or delicate to post.

Applying for a postal loan

To apply for a postal loan, email our Distance Learning team with the following information:

  • personal details: name, student number or library barcode number, phone number
  • course title (eg MSc Clinical Embryology)
  • whether you are on placement (healthcare students)
  • the full details of the requested item(s), eg title, year or edition, and author's full name
  • postal address
  • the date after which you will no longer require the item (in case we have any difficulty locating it, or if we have to recall it from another customer)

We will process your request within three working days of receipt. Items are dispatched on a 48-hour delivery service and will require a signature on delivery.

Please let us know if your item hasn’t arrived within seven days of dispatch. If items are lost in the post, there is a seven-day time limit by which we need to submit an insurance claim.

Returning items

You can also return items by post. We strongly recommend that you use a recorded delivery service with insurance since you will be liable for any loss or damage in the post.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the item reaches the Library in time for its due date. We will take the date of postage as the date of return. If no request has been made you can renew it if you wish.

If another customer has requested the item you will need to return it, even during vacations. You will be charged a fine it if becomes overdue.

You are responsible for ensuring that you return the item in the same condition that you received it.

Please send all postal loans to the library they belong to. Simply place the name of the library as the first line of the address and follow it with:

Leeds University Library
University of Leeds