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Resources and Services

Resources and Services

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Reading Lists

Use our Digital Reading Lists system to access your essential and recommended texts and resources for your course. You can search by subject, tutor name or module number and easily locate where the material is or link to electronic resources.

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Your loans, fines and printing

All students can check what loans they have taken out as well as any fines that have incurred. Our printing service is available to all students, you can top-up your printing credits online and print from any of our libraries.

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Suggest a book

If there is a book you think we should have or have more copies of, please let us know. Tell us the details of the item and why you think we should have it. We buy all books as ebooks where possible, these are normally available a few days after ordering whereas print books take longer to become available. You will be alerted when the book you requested is available for you to use.

Resources for students

Finding books and journals


Use the library catalogue to find a book or journal in the library or access an e-book. Use library search above to find e-journals, explore databases and e-books.

Click and Sit


The library is open for you to use, however to keep you and others safe we have introduced the Click and Sit service. If you wish to study in the library, you will need to book a space in advance using this simple booking site.  By booking a space in advance you are supporting the library to track and trace to keep everyone safe. There are different spaces and categories available to meet your needs:

Short stay computers

These are available for 15-30 minutes for you to check your emails, send something to print, or book a longer slot. You can use these spaces for up to 1 hour per day, but back to back bookings are not allowed. Booking slots begin every 5 minutes and can be placed or cancelled at any time.

Standard study spaces and computers

Most of the study spaces and computers in the library are in this category. You can choose a space with power if you have a laptop, a computer, or just a study desk. These spaces can be booked for 1-2 hours, after 2 hours you should take a break before another booking. Booking slots begin every 15 minutes and can be placed or cancelled at any time. You can use these spaces for up to 5 hours each day.

Priority study spaces and computers

Study spaces on floor 5 have been designated ‘priority’ these are for students who are unable to study from home. There are a limited number of priority spaces so please consider your own circumstances and those of your fellow students before booking. These spaces can be booked for 2-4 hours at a time, with a maximum of two bookings per day. Booking slots begin every 30 minutes and can be placed or cancelled at any time.

All booking limitations are subject to change. We will actively monitor the use of the space and make adjustments where needed to ensure everyone who needs to is able to study in the library. If you have any feedback about the service, please complete this feedback form.

Laptop Loans


Laptops are available for BNU students to borrow at our High Wycombe and Uxbridge libraries. Self-service cabinets are on the 3rd floor of the High Wycombe Library and the 1st floor at the Uxbridge Library.

Need to borrow a laptop?

Laptops are self-service. Scan your ID card and take the laptop from the locker number shown. Unplug and borrow it for up to 4hrs. Help is available from the IT Service Desk. You will have access to standard University software, Microsoft office, Wi-Fi and printing facilities.

Need to return a laptop?

Log the laptop off but leave it powered on. Return it to the self-service cabinet. Scan your ID card and replace the laptop in the locker number shown, remembering to plug it in to charge.

Laptop loan rules

  • The laptop counts as one of your loans
  • Library fines must be under £6.40 to borrow one
  • Fines of £1 per hour or part hour for late return are charged
  • £700 will be charged for damage or non-return
  • They are only for use on campus via University network
  • Available first come, first served with no renewal or reservation
  • Save data or files to your network drive or USB stick as they will be lost on log off

See our Laptop Loans Terms and Conditions for more details.

Study Rooms


Study rooms are available for you to work in groups or to work more quietly on your studies. There are ten rooms available to book at High Wycombe and two available at Uxbridge all with LCD screens and whiteboards. Whiteboard pens and erasers can be borrowed from the Service Desk for High Wycombe study rooms.

You are entitled to two hours per booking, one booking per day and up to four advance booking per month. Room bookings are only available until 6pm, after which rooms are open access.

You can book a room for up to ten people at High Wycombe or eight people at Uxbridge via Blackboard

  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. Select "My Timetable"
  3. Click on "Book Here"
  4. Sign in using your Student ID and password
  5. Choose Room Capacity, Campus, Start Time and Duration. Remember to include your student ID in the "Purpose of Booking" field to receive your booking confirmation.
  6. Then bring your email confirmation with you to the Service desk to receive your access card.

Please note, that due to popular demand, room cards must be picked up within 20 minutes of the start of your session, after this your room may be made open to new bookings.

BNU Knowledge Archive


The BNU Knowledge Archive is an invaluable resource that showcases the wealth of research and creative work that our staff and researchers carry out.

In the archive, you'll find everything from full-text journal articles and abstracts through to book chapters, monographs, conference papers and proceedings, PhD theses and creative work.

Our Apps


Library App

Have key library information at your fingertips 24/7. Check opening times, book a study room, check which books you have on loan, access your Digital Reading Lists and find useful contact information on the move. Keep in touch with our social media and see some of the latest books we have bought for you, all in one convenient place.


If you prefer using apps to help you keep track of your library account and find books whilst on the move, use BookMyne.

Interlibrary Services for students

Interlibrary requests and other library catalogues


If you need books or journal articles for your studies that your library does not have or are held at another campus library, please make an interlibrary loan or intercampus request. Use the Interlibrary / Intercampus Requests guide to find out how to make your request.

The following links take you to other useful library catalogues.

Are you a Nursing student on placement?


If you would like to use the library services and resources at selected teaching hospitals in North West London whilst on placement, please use the Placement Libraries guide.

Find out how to return your BNU New University loaned books, use the hospital library resources including their PCs and how to borrow books.

Postal Loans


You can apply to have books and articles from our libraries sent to you by post if you have extenuating circumstances. Please note that postal loans are not available to students on placement.

Use the Postal Loans guide to find out how to use this service.

Access to other University Libraries


Buckinghamshire New University is a member of SCONUL Access. This is a scheme which offers library users the opportunity to borrow or use books and journals for reference at other university libraries which belong to the scheme (most university libraries in the UK and Ireland).

To apply for SCONUL access please click the blue link below. There is no need to complete multiple applications if you want to use more than one library. Your application will cover all higher education libraries participating in the SCONUL scheme that you are entitled to use.

Once your application has been received by the SCONUL Access Team, your library account will be checked. Provided you have a valid course date and your library account is clear of fines and overdue books you will receive an email from us accepting you on the scheme. Please allow 5 working days for your application to be processed.

Before visiting with your chosen university library, check their website for registration opening hours and other conditions. Remember to take your BNU New University ID card and a copy of your approval email with you.

The following list will tell you whether you may be entitled to borrow books (at the discretion of the host library):

Student type

Borrowing rights

Borrowing band

Full-time undergraduate student

Reference only


Part-time, distance learning & placement student



Postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification



Full-time postgraduate



An academic on an open or fixed term contract




Wi-Fi and Computer Access

SCONUL Access users qualify as “walk-in users” so computer access may be possible. However, due to the licencing restrictions of each university not all resources will be available to external users. In addition, the host university will have its own policies on who can or cannot access its networks for obvious security reasons. Please check the host library’s website or contact them in advance of your visit if you wish to use their electronic resources.

If the host university is a member of Eduroam, you will be able to connect to their Wi-Fi using your Buckinghamshire New University email address ( and Blackboard password.

Click here for SCONUL Access website.

Resources and Services for staff

Digital Reading Lists


Digital Reading Lists can support your students by giving them access to the essential, recommended and background reading needed for their course success. Use the Digital Reading List guide to find out how to create a new reading list, how to add resources to your reading list and how to make it available for your students. See what academic staff think of the Library's Digital Reading Lists.

For staff who want to set up lists contact

Book orders for Academic staff


Request Library books for your students to use.