Does the Library offer a postal loan service to Distance Learning students?

The postal loan service is only available for items that are not available online.


  • The book postal loan service is available only to students with the Department of Information Studies who are studying by distance learning.
  • To request a book by postal loan please follow the instructions here:
  • The normal loan period will be four weeks
  • The loans will autorenew at four weekly intervals until they reach their maximum renewal time (12 months), are requested by another user or your library borrowing account ends.
  • You may return items by post, as long as they are sent by recorded or registered post.
  • They should be posted or returned to the Hugh Owen Library
  • Until they are received by the Library, all items are your responsibility.

Journal Articles

  • You can request scans/photocopies of journal articles held in Aberystwyth University Libraries that are not available online.
  • These will be sent as a PDF email attachment to your Aberystwyth University email address, unless copyright restrictions prevent this. In this event a photocopy will be sent by post.
  • To request a journal article please complete our Distance Learner request form for journal articles


  • Theses held in Aberystwyth University libraries are not available for loan - only for consultation in the library.
  • PHD theses may be available electronically via EThOS:
  • Some other theses may be available via the Aber Research Portal:
  • Where the thesis is not available online, AU Distance Learning Students, who are not able to visit the Library, can either:
    • Request the whole thesis via inter library loan through their local library - for reference use only
    • Request a chapter be scanned and emailed to them. Please complete the form below and we will scan and email you a copy of the contents page of the thesis so you can select the chapter you would like sent to you. You can make this request using our Distance Learner request form for theses


Contact for this page:
Information Services, Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen Library, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ
Tel: 01970 62 2400 Email: