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Borrow, Reserve & Return

How to borrow, reserve and return books, recommend items for purchase and more.

Borrow & Reserve

Finding books is simple using Library Search, and the quickest way to get the books you need is to visit our buildings where you can also browse the shelves. Self-issue kiosks are available to enable you to borrow books easily, or take them to a member of staff at the Library Help desk who will issue them to you. If a book you need is already on loan, be sure to request it via Library Search and we will arrange to get a copy to you as soon as possible. 

If you prefer to minimise your time in the Library, you can use our Click & Collect service to request items that are on the shelf at any Library and arrange to collect them at a time convenient time for you, from the Philip Robinson Library and Walton Library.

The Short Loan collection is a selection of Library materials in heavy demand or defined as essential course reading. These items can be borrowed for a maximum of 2 days. 

Items located in the Research Reserve need to be requested and will be available to collect from the Philip Robinson Library or Walton Library. If a journal is available in the Research Reserve you can request an article scan using the Desktop Delivery Service.

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Before your items are due, we will send you an email telling you when you need to return them. You can return long loan items to any of the following locations:

Short loan items must be returned to the Library from which they were borrowed. Some items may be subject to an overdue charge if they are returned late. 

Overdue charges

Overdue charges may be incurred for the late return of the following:

  • Long loan item requested by another user - £1 per day up to a maximum of £15
  • Short Loan item - £1 immediate charge plus £1 per hour after that up to a maximum of £15
  • Inter Library Loans - £1 per day up to a maximum of £15

If you have lost an item, you may be required to pay for a replacement. 

Overdue charges can be paid online by logging into My Account on Library Search.


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