Borrowing books and journals

main-lib-open-shelves

Borrowing

Your University ID card is also your Library card. You can borrow books using self-service machines in the Main Library and Barnes Library, or take them to a lending desk.

Returning

Items may be returned via the sortation machine in the Main Library, return boxes, on self service machines or at staffed service points. Books may be returned at any site. 

Loan periods and amounts

All items renew automatically (unless reserved by another borrower), but will be issued for a set amount of time when you first borrow it. The amount of items you can have on loan at any one time depends on borrower category.

Reservations of items which are in-demand (i.e. other borrowers have reserved them and need them after you) are issued for a rolling 48-hour period. You must check your receipt or date-stamp on collecting your reservation. 

More information on dynamic loans.

Number of loans and length of loan depending on borrower type
 Borrower category Length of loan (unless high demand) Number of items
 Taught full-time single honours undergraduate  1 week  16 
 Taught full-time joint honours undergraduate  1 week  20
 Taught full-time single honours finalist  1 week  20
 Taught full-time postgraduate  1 week  20
 Research postgraduate  4 weeks (subject to recall)  30
 Part-time, distance undergraduate  4 weeks (subject to recall)  16
Academic staff 4 weeks (subject to recall) 40 
Associate staff 4 weeks (subject to recall) 16
Support staff 1 week 12
External borrower 1 week 6

Fines

Fines are only charged when an item is in demand by other borrowers and has gone overdue. Fines are charged at £1 per working day.

Reserving books

If the book you need is out on loan, you can reserve it via FindIt, our library catalogue.

When the book is returned, you will be notified by email. The item will be held for 48 hours.

If you need longer to collect it, please contact us. The collection time can be extended at our discretion.

Reserved and recalled books

If a book you have on loan is required by another borrower, it will no longer renew automatically. You will receive reminder emails 5, 2 and 1 days before the book is due back. If you have 4 week loans, you will also receive an email to advise you that the item has been recalled, as it will be due back in 1 week.

Many staff and students use our libraries during vacations, so please be aware that your books might be reserved by another borrower, and have to be returned, at any time. Please do not take books out of the country. 

Tell us what you think...

...we want to hear from you

Tell us about your experience of using our new intranet pages. Did you find what you were looking for? Have you learnt something new today? Or do you wish we could improve your intranet experience?

Developing these intranet pages will be ongoing and, if you share your view and ideas, it will help us to continue to improve this important resource for the benefit of the entire University community.

We also welcome your comments on university internal communications in general. Email the team or pick up the phone 0121 414 6680. You can also tweet us. Whichever way you decide to get in touch we look forward to hearing what you have to say.

If you have a technical question you can contact our IT colleagues as they are much better at that stuff than we are!