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Koha is the name of the software we use for our library catalogue, and is the place to go to in order to find out what books, print journals and other physical resources we hold in stock.

Library members are able to login to their account from this site, and check what books they have borrowed, renew books and also reserve items. In addition, users can now place article/book requests through Koha, using the Koha Inter-Library Loans system.

This is what the OPAC screen looks like (OPAC stands for Online Public Access Catalogue). You will notice there is a search bar at the top of the page, where you can choose to search by title, author or keyword.

On the left hand side of the page is a login box. When you join the library, you will be sent an e-mail shortly after with your personal login details. Once logged in, you will be able to choose your own memorable password.

The Online Catalogue is available on the Internet. You can link to it from:

  • A UHDB Hospitals networked PC via the Library Intranet page

  • From home or any other PC via the web address:


Finding Items

You can use the search bar to search for items, and select different option in the drop down box to refine your search to author, title, ISBN for example. The advanced search option will allow you to add more detail to your search and refine by item type. Your search results are presented in a list, with images of the book covers if available. From this list you can see more details about the items and place reservations (by logging in). It will also tell you if a book is located at Derby or Burton.

You can collect a basket of the items that you are interested in that will be available to you for the length of your session. Click the ‘Add to folder’ option, and these will then appear in your basket which is at the top left of the screen. When viewing your folder, there are options to e-mail, print, download and empty the results. You will need to be logged in to e-mail. You then type in the e-mail address to send to, with the option of adding a message/comment. The basket is only available for the current session. Items are deleted when you close the session. However you can view your search history, by logging in and viewing your account.

The ‘Lists’ drop down at the top left of the screen will show Reading Lists for University of Nottingham courses. There is also the option to make your own list, where you can save search results to, for example ‘Books for Dissertation’

Your Library Account

Your Library Account keeps track of all the items that you borrow and reserve as well as any fines that you accrue. You can access it by using your username and password. These will be sent to you by email once you have registered for the Library.

In order to perform the functions detailed below you will need to logon to your account.

Go to the Library Catalogue.

Click on the “Login” option, then enter your “Username” and “Password” and click “Login”.

Menu options:

View Your Summary - This lists your current items on loan and current reservations


View Your Fines - Any current outstanding fines


View your Personal Details – You can check your details are correct amend any of the fields.  When you amend any details the Library will be contacted to change the details.

View Your Search History - What you have searched previously on the Library Catalogue


View Your Reading History - What you have borrowed from the Library


View Purchase Suggestions – Here is where you can suggest books for the library to purchase.


Your Lists - Any lists you have set up from the Library catalogue

Your interlibrary loan requests - Here you are able to order books and journal articles that we don't hold.

Reserving Items

You can reserve specific items that you are looking for whether they are on loan to another person or available on the shelf. Use the “Search” or “Advanced Search” facility to find the items that you want.


Click on the “Title” of the item that you want in order to view the “Details” page. Click the “Place the Reservation” option. You will go to another page where it will ask you to place reservation on item.


You can reserve up to 5 items in total. You will be notified by email when an item is available for you to collect. You can check the status of your reservation from your “Reservations” tab.

Reserved items will be held for you to collect within 7 days. If you do not collect within 7 days the items will be returned to the shelves.

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