Keeping in touch and returning
When you borrow any item, The Library will send you an email telling you when it is initially due back - but note that they will renew automatically if no other users request it.
If another person does request an item you currently have checked out to your account, you will receive a recall notice. This notice is part of our recall system, and will ask you to please return your item to the library promptly so someone else can use it.
All items in our collection are to be shared. Whether recalled or not, please bring items back on time so that they can be used by others, and let us know if you're not able to do so.
The Library will email you
- once a month to remind you what you have on loan
- when items are due back soon
- if an item is required by another user.
When you return an item, use the self-service kiosk at either Library. Just follow the on-screen instructions, and ask for help if necessary.
Most items are borrowed for one week, but they will renew automatically, one week at a time, for a year.
This means you can generally keep items for as long as you need them, but please do bring items back if they are not renewed - someone else is waiting!
Note that you will be charged a daily fine for late return of items requested by another user, and replacement costs for non-return of items.
Borrowing and requesting
You can borrow most physical items from the libraries - that includes print books, DVDs, CDs, maps and other items - but there are some Reference only items. When you find an item on Library Search, you'll see whether an item is Loanable or Reference, and also whether it is currently Available or On Loan to someone else.
If you sign in, you can Request most physical items.
- if the item is Available in the Library, it will be collected and placed it on the Reservation shelf for you
- if the item is On Loan, the current borrower will be asked to return it, and it will be placed on the Reservation shelf for you when it comes back.
The Library will contact you by email to let you know when it's waiting for you.
Using the kiosks
You must have your University ID card with you to borrow items.
All borrowing can be done via the self-service kiosks in the libraries. Follow the on-screen instructions, and just ask for help if you need to.
If you borrow a DVD, the cases are locked. Swipe the cases down the unlocking devices you'll find on the walls just outside the Library exits.
You're not able to borrow items from the Library, but you can Request scans of parts of books.
You are limited by copyright legislation to a single chapter or 10% of a book, whichever is the larger.