Accessing resources

Advice on the best way to access high quality online resources. The Library also provides additional services to ensure that you can access any resources which are not available online.

All you need to use most online Library books and journals is your University username and password.

Log in to OneSearch to have access to all our online resources from anywhere in the world.

When you have logged in you can also check your Library account and save search results to My eShelf.

You may also wish to link Google Scholar to Library collections, which will make accessing full-texts online even easier.

For more information on all this and more see our guide to OneSearch.

You can also contact your Faculty Librarian for specialised support in accessing resources for your subject.

Postal Loans

If you would like books posting to you, please email us at asking to be registered as a Distance Learner. If you only need a chapter or short section of a book, please look at the Scans and Photocopies section below.

  • Books that are in stock may be requested for Postal Loan via 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 Paying fines and other 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. You will be asked to return any recalled books within 11 days (14 days during the vacations) or by the due date if that is sooner. See the Requests and Recalls page for further details
  • You are responsible for the costs incurred when returning books by post. Please retain your receipt from the post office as proof of postage.
    Please post books to:

Postal Loans
The Library
Lancaster University


The library provides access to thousands of ebooks - you can find these in OneSearch

If the title you want is not available as an ebook, we can consider buying it or arranging a short term loan. Please email if you would like us to do this.


  • You can request scans or photocopies of material that is in stock. Copyright law only allows us to copy a reasonable proportion of a book; this is interpreted as one chapter or no more than 5%.
  • 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 for a photocopy of an article or book chapter posted to you; there is no charge for scans emailed to you.
  • Please see Library fines and charges for details of how to pay

Can't Find the Resources You Need?

We can usually obtain journal articles which aren't in OneSearch through our Interlending and Document Supply (IDS) service. These are usually supplied electronically. If we don't have the book you want, we may be able to borrow it from another library through the IDS service and post it to you; we can only post a book in the UK and you would need to post it back by recorded delivery if you can't return it in person.

You can ask the Library to buy a book for stock using the Request a Resource form. We may buy it as an ebook or a print copy which we can post to you.