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Borrowing Books

When borrowing books you should use the Self Issue machines. There are machines on all floors of the Library. You must always have your ID card with you to use the machines.  There are easy to follow instructions on the screen, please ensure you leave the book on the machine for a few seconds while the loan is added to your account.  On occasion you may be shown a red screen telling you that the book needs to be re-done, please repeat the actions for borrowing the book. If the book you require is already checked out, you can place a hold on the book.

If you are unable to perform a loan using the self-issue machine please check your account to ensure that none of the following apply -

  • You have a fine that you need to pay using Printcredit
  • You have overdue books that must be returned
  • You have your full quota of books already

If none of the above apply then there maybe an issue with the book so bring it to the staff at the Library & IT Service Desk to resolve the issue.

How many books can I borrow?

The number of standard loan books that can be borrowed depends on the category of borrower. A standard loan book is one that does not have a 1 Day or 3 Day loan sticker on the spine of the book. 

The loan period also varies according to the type of borrower:

Category

No of Books

No of Days

No of Renewals

Undergraduate

(Fulltime, Part-time, Distance)                           

6

7

9

Postgraduate

10

84

3

Staff 

20

84

5

Assistive Technology Service users

7

14

9

External User Borrower

(External users having paid for borrowing rights)

4

14

5

Summer School students

4

14

5

SCONUL Band A, B, C

4

14

5

Do all items have the same borrowing rules?

The borrowing rules that apply can very and some itmes have restricted borrowing:

  • One Day loan
  • Three Day loan
  • DVD’s AV – Two Day loan
  • Library Use only – cannot be loaned
  • Thesis – 3 hour loan – consulted in the library only
  • High Demand Machine – 3 hour loan – consulted in the library only
  • Journals can be consulted in the library only
  • Newspapers, Microfilm, Microfiche – consulted in the library only.