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New Library Management System: Welcome and updates

Launch date

Your new Library Management System will launch on Monday 15 July 2024 - check this page for updates on the new system and what it means to you and your Library.

Your new Library Management System

The Library is proud to introduce sector-leading Library Management System Ex-Libris. Live from Summer 2024

Your Library is about to get even better with the launch of an exciting new Library Management System (LMS.) This new system is going to make a real difference to how we deliver Library services to you and how you can engage with the Library.  Our exciting new platform will be introduced during Summer 2024.

We chose Ex-Libris to provide this platform and as such join with some of the best university libraries in the UK who also use this system. You will see a number of great developments over the coming months including a brand new Discovery interface which employing AI technologies, will return a personalised mix of our print and online resources from any device. Such developments will greatly enhance your experience and your success. 

We look forward to keeping you up to date with the key milestones of this project and introducing you to the exciting new developments as they go live.

Loans, returns and renewals

You can still borrow, return and renew items during the move to our new library management system.

There may be some disruption to service from Thursday 11 July to Monday 15 July, during this time availability searches may be affected and access to My Account. 

The disruption will be kept to a minimum, please bear with us and contact us if you need any help.

iPad loans

The iPad loan service will be unavailable from Monday 5 July, whilst we move to the new library management system.

We aim to have the service up and running again as soon as possible after the go live date. 

Contact the Library

For help with a variety of enquiries you can contact the Library by:


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Key changes and improvements

Welcome to your new library management system!

Here are a few key changes and improvements for you to be aware of. 

  • An improved Discovery search, which employs AI technology and will return a personalised result from our print and online collection on any device.
  • Books and DVDs will be automatically renewed on your account. The maximum renewal date, calculated as 196 days from the date the item was first issued, will be displayed on your account. If the book has been reserved by another user, renewals will not be possible and the loan period will be reduced to 1 week
  • Staff and students can borrow up to 26 items and Community users up to 12 items
  • all printed books, including DVDs, will become 4 weeks loans unless they are requested by another user, requested items will be changed to a 1 week loan
  • You no longer need a PIN to borrow or return items and online access to your account will be via your TU authenticated access

Inter library loans

Our Inter Library Loan service will continue through the changeover period to our new Library Management System.

To place your interlibrary loan during this period please continue to use the current form available on

When the new Library Management System launches you will be able to place your requests at a click of a button, further instructions will be released at the time.

Saved searches in Discovery

Please be aware if you have any saved searches in our current Discovery they will not transfer over to our new system. Please make note of any saved searches before 14th July as they will not be accessible after this time. For any queries regarding transferring your searches please contact

Darlington book collection service

The Darlington book collection service is unavailable from Monday 24 June, whilst we move to the new library management system.

We aim to have the service up and running again as soon as possible after the go live date. 

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