Using the Library

Distance and Placement Students

The Distance Learners' Information Service (DiLIS) aims to help students studying at a distance to make use of the Library's resources.

Services for distance learners, part-time and placement students 

In addition to the library services available to students who visit the campus in person,
Distance Learners Information Service support (DiLIS) is available to:
• students registered on one of the DiLIS Supported Courses listed on this page
• part-time doctoral research students
• help may be available for Health and Social Care students currently on placement


 Address:     University Library
                   George Edwards Building
                   University of Surrey
                   GU2 7XH

Advice – on all our library and information services.

Support - from SPLASH

Learning Advisors and Librarians can offer support via email.  We also offer Skype appointments by arrangement.

You will find a lot of useful online information on our subject pages.

Books – held by the Library can be posted to UK and EU addresses. You only pay the return postage charge. 

How to request a book (460.78KB - Requires Adobe Reader)


Electronic Resources - can be accessed via the Institutional login requires your user name and password used to access your email and your library account.
Visit your subject page for journals and databases which are relevant for your subject.

Document Delivery Request service – for items we stock which are not available electronically, we will scan and email, or photocopy journal articles and parts of other published works (postage for paper copies is free).
How to request a document

Inter-library loans – Inter-library loans are items you can request from other libraries.
• books must be collected in person from us
• request electronically delivered articles

To place a ‘Resource sharing request’ for an Inter-library loan, please see our online tutorial.

SCONUL Access – The SCONUL Access scheme offers access to other academic libraries across the UK.

Please contact us if you have queries or suggestions. We welcome your feedback in order to improve and develop the service.

Visiting the University Library

  • If you visit the Library please check our opening hours first, particularly if you are making a lengthy journey
  • If you have been issued with a campus card, please bring it with you to access the Library and to borrow books
  • If you do not already have a campus card, please bring your confirmation of registration letter issued by the University (or other proof of registration).  We can produce a campus card for you at the Ask Me desk on Level 1 during staffed opening hours

Supported Courses

You can use DiLIS services if you are registered on the following courses:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Supervision and Consultation
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
BA (Hons) Theatre Distance Learning

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
These 3 courses can be taken as Distance Learning courses:
MSc Bridge Engineering
MSc Civil Engineering
MSc Structural Engineering

Students studying part-time and/or at a distance on the following courses can also use DiLIS:

Engineering Doctorate in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies
Engineering Doctorate in Sustainability for Engineering & Energy Systems
MSc Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
MSc Advanced Materials
MSc Corporate Environmental Management
MSc Environmental Strategy
MSc Information & Process Systems Engineering
MSc Infrastructure Engineering and Management
MSc Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering
MSc Process & Environmental Systems Engineering
MSc Process Systems Engineering
MSc Renewable Energy Systems Engineering
MSc Sustainable Development
MSc Transport Planning and Practice (outgoing- dissertation only)
MSc Water & Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Health Sciences students should contact DiLIS to enquire whether they are eligible to use this service if they need additional support.

MSc Nutritional Medicine
PsychD in Clinical Psychology
PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

Research students are also eligible to use the DiLIS service.

Where we are

University Library, George Edwards Building,  University of Surrey,  Guildford,  Surrey GU2 7XH,  United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1483 689235 F: +44 (0)1483 689500

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