Information for Distance Learners

We provide extra library services for students studying away from campus

If you would like books posting to you or would like to request scans or photocopies, please email us at asking to be registered as a Distance Learner.

Postal Loans

  • Once registered as a Distance Learner, books may be requested for Postal Loan via OneSearch. Please note that you need to sign into OneSearch first. This short video shows you how to sign in to OneSearch.

  • We will post available books to your nominated address; books which are on loan will be recalled and we will send them out as soon as they become available
  • UK charges are £4.30 per book, with discounts for packaged multiples
  • We may be able to post books abroad.  Charges are: Up to 500g - £6.00; Up to 1kg - £10.00; Up to 2kg - £15; Above 2kg, please apply to for costing and feasibility
  • Please see Library fines and charges for details of how to pay
  • All emails from the Library will be sent to your Lancaster University email address
  • When a book is sent to you, we will notify you of the due date. Please make sure the book is posted back within good time of the due date. A book can usually be renewed, please check our Borrowing and Renewing guide for details
  • Please note that all library items are issued subject to recall, should another borrower request them. Please see the Requests and Recalls page for further details
  • You are responsible for the costs incurred when returning books by post. We recommend that you use recorded delivery or obtain a certificate of posting. Please post books to:

Postal Loans
The Library
Lancaster University

Scans and Photocopies

  • Once registered as a Distance Learner, scans or photocopies may be requested
  • Please download our Book and Journal Request Form if you would like a scan or photocopy of an article or chapter of a book. Please note that the copyright declaration must be signed before the form is returned to the Library. It can be scanned and emailed as an attachment to
  • Charges are £4.20 per article
  • Please see Library fines and charges for details of how to pay

Using other Libraries

Staff and students based at a distance from the Lancaster campus may be able to use other libraries. Please see our information on Using other Libraries. More information on the SCONUL Access scheme can be found on the SCONUL website.