If you find that most of the books you want to use are out on loan there are a couple of things you can do.
Firstly- place a reservation on the item that you want (even if you think that it won’t be back in time to satisfy your study need.) Placing a reservation tells us that the book stock isn’t satisfying demand and we will look at ways we can help. Check here for details on how to place a reservation for a book that is currently out on loan.
Second- browse the shelves to find books that cover the same topic in the same level of detail. If you aren’t sure ask at the desk for help-we should be able to find a good chapter in a book that covers the topic- even if the title is slightly different.
Let us know does this happens to you? Do you have any ways you think we could deal with the rising demand of books?
If you find a key text (perhaps an item from your reading list) is currently unavailable there are a couple of things you can do. The main thing is to tell us…our mechanism for ordering more copies is our reservation system, so if you aren’t using the reservation system we won’t know that you are waiting for a copy…unless you tell us.
We’d encourage you to use the reservation system as we do manage them- so we will be alerted when there are 3 of you waiting for an item.
You can also Recommend a book by filling in the form here:
We have a video here demonstrating how to place a reservation
We also aim to purchase E-copy of books where they are in heavy demand.
Please let us know if you are struggling to obtain a book…we need to know.
You can now pick up your reserved Cardiff University books 24hrs a day.
Any books requested from a library outside of Cardiff can be picked up Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 7pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm.