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Using the Library

Inter-library loans

If the Library does not have a copy of a book or journal article in print or online we will try to get a copy from another library.

We will try our best to get hold of the things you need. Alternatively we will direct your query to a Subject Librarian who may be able to buy a copy / direct you to another information source. 

Please make the following checks before requesting an inter-library loan:

You can make inter-library loan requests and check on its progress through your library account.

  • Log in to your account on the Library Search page. Click here to Access the AUB Library website.
  • Click on your name at the top of the screen.
  • On the left of the screen click ‘your interlibrary loan requests.’ 
  • Fill in a separate form for each item you would like to request

Please check your account regularly. We will e-mail articles to your AUB e-mail account. 

Requests are often available in one week, but they can take up to two weeks depending on the supplier.

The number of items you can request may be limited at the discretion of the Library. 

Questions? Contact  or call 01202 363309.

Using Other Libraries / Collections

Bournemouth University Library

We have a mutual agreement with Bournemouth University (BU) which allows full time students and staff at AUB to join BU Library. For part time students and staff you can visit and read items in the Library. To visit the Library after 5pm on weekdays or at weekends you will need a valid BU Library membership card. Please see the information below. 

Members can borrow 3 standard loan books. Unfortunately you won't be able to access BU online resources due to publishers' license restrictions. 

To join you will need to go to BU Library Helpzone at either campus between 9 am and 5pm Monday to Friday (Click here to Join BU Library). You will need to bring the following items:

  • 1 passport sized photo
  • AUB University ID card
  • Proof of local address

For more information or to search the catalogue please visit the BU Library website.

Local public libraries

Their are two Local Public Library Authorities

Both provide access to a wide range of books, eBooks, magazines and audiobooks as well as books in a range of foreign languages. If we don't have something in stock or if it is on loan, it is worth checking the public library to see if you can access it there. Please see the links above to search their catalogues, find joining instructions and locate the libraries.

Bournemouth Library in the Triangle area of central Bournemouth has a specialist music library with musical scores, CDs, online music and books on music.

Local history centres

Bournemouth Heritage Zone focuses on local history, it is located in the library in the Triangle.

Dorset History Centre holds a large local history collection and the archives for Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Highlights of the archive include material on Poole pottery, Dorset authors and poets and the Cooper Dean Estates archive, which includes the development of Bournemouth. The History Centre is in Dorchester.

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme covering many university libraries in the UK and Ireland. It allows university library users to either access or borrow books and journals at libraries that belong to the scheme.

To join and read more about the scheme please visit the SCONUL website.

The scheme allows different types of users different levels of access to library services and this will vary depending on the individual library you wish to access. It is best to check the library website before you travel and plan ahead in case you need to bring particular documentation with you or you need to e-mail in advance.

  • Staff, PhD and MA students will be able to borrow from the majority of member libraries.
  • BA students will usually be able to use library resources in the library but won't be able to borrow.
  • Foundation, Short Course students and External members are not eligible for this scheme but may be able to use other university libraries as members of the public.

If you are working in a SCONUL library you will usually be able to use WIFI using Eduroam. For more information about this please pick up a leaflet from the Digital Services ServiceDesk on the ground floor of the Library.

If you are studying at another university and would like to know about joining AUB Library as a SCONUL Access member please click on this link for AUB SCONUL access membership.

The Library cannot request film or sound material from other libraries due to copyright restrictions. The Library subscribes to a wide variety of online film and audio content. A few of these resources can't be included in Search Plus for technical reasons so they need to be searched separately. Your Subject Librarian can help you either with search terms or locating particular material.

If you have tried searching on Library Search and it isn't available we may be able to purchase a film to add it to our collections. However some material isn't available commercially in the UK or through educational subscription services. You may be able to access film or audio by contacting a specialist service who can arrange for you to have access to it for a limited period online or can arrange for you to view it in their library / facility.

Lux artist's film collection is available for viewing by appointment either online or in London.

BFI National Archive services available for viewing by appointment.