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Online resources

Library Search will help you discover our online resources, including articles and ebooks.  Books held in The Hive are also included. 


As a member of the University, you can borrow books from The Hive and also all Worcestershire County Council libraries using your student ID card.  Your loan allocations are shown in the following table:

University Short Loan

 (orange labels)

University High Demand

 (blue labels)

Other items

(no labels)

Loan allocation




Loan period

2 days (not renewable)

2 weeks

3 weeks

Fines payable once overdue

15p per day

15p per day

15p per day

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The Hive, Peirson Study and Guidance Centre

The Hive, Worcestershire County Council libraries

The Hive, Worcestershire County Council libraries


Renewals can be made via your library account.  You will be sent an email reminder two days before your items are due back, however it is your responsibility to remember to return or renew books on time. 

Unless a book is reserved you can renew it up to 9 times.  *University Short Loan items cannot be renewed.



Borrow books by post

Fill out the book request form and email it to You are responsible for the safe and timely return of the book.

Get articles by post

If you would like a photocopy of an article held in our collection, please fill out the journal article request form.  Post the copyright declaration to The Hive

Books and articles not held in The Hive

If you are looking for an item we do not stock in The Hive or Worcestershire County Council libraries, you can make an inter-library request

Use a university library closer to you

You may be able to use university libraries closer to home by applying to join the SCONUL Access scheme.  Before deciding which library to visit, check Library Hub Discover, a catalogue of many university libraries, to see which one has books of interest.


Overdues, fines and charges

Please see your loan allocations for details of fines.  Details of how to pay fines are here.

If you have lost a UW item, or your book is more than 90 days overdue you will be charged a standard replacement fee:

High Demand, Short Loan and 3 Week Loan

£30 (Standard) £50 (Higher value items)

Teaching Pack




Junior Fiction and Junior Non Fiction


Picture book


We cannot accept replacement copies of lost items.


If you do have an issue with fines or lost items please contact us as soon as possible at



Study skills support

Our study skills pages include guides to referencing and plagiarism. Wider study skills support is available from firstpoint.

Subject specific support

For help finding subject specific resources, please read your subject guide and contact the librarian listed.

Library enquiries

Contact askalibrarian for any eresource access or general library queries.


Contact the Service Desk for any University of Worcester network issues.