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Distance Learners

Distance Learners

Distance learners are students registered on courses which are delivered remotely.  Distance learner status does not relate to the distance travelled between the student's home and the University.

If you are unsure whether you are registered as a distance learner please contact the Library.

Postal loans

Postal loans

Distance learners can request up to 4 items at a time via the postal loan service. We will post items to addresses in the UK only using Royal Mail Signed For to the address on your Library account. 

If you use the postal loan service, you are responsible for the books from the point that you receive them until they are checked back into the Library so we recommend that you return them via a postal tracking service.

Before requesting a postal loan, please check if we have an electronic version. We encourage you to use e-books but if this is not feasible please request a print copy via the Library website.


Please return books to:

GCW University Library
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

What is the SCONUL Access Scheme and how do I apply?

Using other Libraries

As a distance learner you may find it helpful to access a library nearer to you. We participate in the SCONUL Access scheme which offers you access to other higher education libraries in the UK.



eBooks are available via the Library website and are available off-campus. Unfortunately not all books are available in an e-book format: publishers set any restrictions on whether an e-book is are available and whether it can only be viewed online or downloaded for use over a number of days.

The Library subscribes to a number of ebook providers.  You can search the ebook databases directly or you can use the main search box on the library homepage. Searching ebook databases allows you to search for content using the full-text of all ebooks, and not just the title:

Your Academic Subject Librarian

Your Academic Subject Librarian

Each subject has a librarian who offers support and assistance to students and staff:

  • We offer library inductions and workshops for your subject
  • We offer Learning Development Workshops and 1-to-1 service
  • We offer individual research sessions
  • We can advise on citing and referencing
  • We can answer your queries about using the Library

Find out who your Academic Subject Librarian is and how to contact them.

Academic Writing Support

Writing Development

The Writing Development team can discuss with you aspects of your written work such as: 

  • understanding and planning your assignment
  • structure
  • paragraphs
  • introductions and conclusions
  • argument and critical thinking
  • strategies for editing and proof-reading

We are available for all students at the University. You can make an online individual appointment with us, please see our website for more details.


Contact us

Contact details

: +44 (0) 1522 88 6222 (24/7)



GCW University Library
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

Lincoln Online

Online students

Lincoln Online students can access the extensive range of ebooks and ejournals here.  If you live local to the University Library or NCFM Library you are welcome to use the library for study space and the print collection for reference only. 

If you would like to visit either library you will need to request a student ID/library card by emailing  Please include your student ID number, state that you are an online student and that you would like an ID card and where you would like it posting to.

More information for distance learners

Buy second hand copies of key texts

If there are texts you need access to regularly you may find it helpful to purchase a second-hand textbook:



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