Online library

Our online library system

We have extensive digital and printed library collections at Herts, plus plenty of support and services to help you find resources.

Our library and information management specialists work closely with academic colleagues to provide students with a wide range of relevant digital and print resources and to create specific reading lists for courses.

Search the library collection

The University library system is called Library Search.

  • It's quick, easy and simple to use.
  • You can search the library catalogue, other relevant electronic resources and library databases - all at the same time.
  • Finds books, e-books, journal articles, journals, reports and exam papers in just one search.
  • Can be used on any device, anywhere and anytime.
  • Allows you to reserve books

Your personal Library Account gives information about the books you've borrowed and when you need to bring them back.

All books are automatically renewed weekly for up to 20 weeks unless requested by another user. (Items borrowed by SCONUL users are automatically renewed for a maximum of 3 times)

Please note that the new Click and Collect book borrowing service for Herts students and staff will be available from Monday 21 September.  Find out more on AskHerts.

Do I need to buy any books for my course? 

  • Only if you’ve received specific instructions to do so.
  • New and returning students may receive early access to reading for your course, but in most cases, you’ll receive access to reading lists after you’ve registered. This will tell you what you need to purchase and what we will provide access to and in what format.

Accessing other libraries and resources

Herts is part of the Inter-Library Loans scheme which enables you to request specific additional books and journal articles that we may not have at Herts. Find out more on AskHerts.

We also a member of the SCONUL Access scheme which enables staff and students to visit, consult print books and journals and sometimes borrow material from other higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.
(Please note that in line with Government guidelines for COVID-19, SCONUL has suspended the Access scheme until further notice.)

Keep up to date with library matters

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Get help and support when you need it

Library SkillUP - an online module available to all Herts students

  • Helping Herts students find, use and reference information for academic success
  • Online chat from 10am - 4pm weekdays to help with questions you might have
  • Make an appointment for 1 to 1 support from an Information manager

AskHerts - Your questions answered

  • Covering a wide range of topics, information and guidance.
  • Available from your web browser or the Herts Mobile app

For further help contact the Library and Computing Services Helpdesk

Returning books by post

  • If you are a recent graduate or have finished your studies with us, we will be contacting you shortly about how to return your books. If you are a continuing student, please keep hold of your books until you are able to return them in person. All book loans have been extended to 31 October 2020.
  • Please see our detailed book return information on AskHerts.
  • If you need to return books to us after 31 October, but can't travel to the University, you can return them by post. Please read and complete the postal returns information and form.