There are some questions that are asked regularly and are essential knowledge for getting the most out of the library service Imperial College London offers its staff and students. Click on the questions below to link through to the answer; but do let Elizabeth know if there’s something that you’d like added.

Opening hours and library locations

Library opening hours


Books: borrowing, renewing & fines

How many books can I borrow?

How do I find a Core Text?

Renew your books online

Library PIN (Forgotten it? Want to change it?)

Does the Library charge fines on late items?

How do I place a hold on an item that’s on loan to someone else?


Silwood Library

Silwood Library


Printing, copying and scanning

How much is photocopying?

I’ve heard I can top-up my print credit online, how do I do this?



I’ve heard the Library runs lunchtime training/drop-in sessions, what are these on and how do I find out more?

If I need more subject specific help who do I contact?

Reference Management

For more information on referencing, see the Referencing page of this blog.

Imperial’s Digital Repository & Open Access

Spiral: Imperial College Digital Repository

What is Open Access?

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