Changes to library book loans

Girl receiving a leaflet from a librarian

Borrow more books for longer!

As well as upgrading all our 7-day loan books to standard loans we’re making even more improvements so you can borrow more books for longer.

What’s changed?

Loan allowances will be increased

All undergraduates, taught postgraduates, and associate members will now be able to borrow up to 25 books.

Increased standard loan period

We decided that all members of the University Library would benefit from the same 6-week loan period so all standard loans will now be issued for 6 weeks, subject to recall.

No more overdue fines (EXCEPT for overdue recalls)

Overdue fines on items that are not in demand will no longer apply.

Fines will only be applicable if you receive an email to say an item is recalled, and you do not return the item before the recall date. Overdue fines on term loans will no longer apply nor will fines be charged on overdue periodicals. In other words, apart from late return on recalled items, fines will no longer be charged.

What about Short Loan?

All Short Loan items (items which were previously overnight loan only) are now available for standard loan.

Remember, due to changes to loan periods, these items can now be borrowed for 6 weeks. A small number of very popular items have been made non-loan and they are shelved in the main collection. Photocopies are also non-loan and are shelved on the Ground Floor in the Quiet Study area.

What if the item I need is on loan?

If you’re already worrying that you won’t be able to get hold of the book(s) you need, please don’t – we’ve got that covered!

If all copies of an item you need are on loan, please place a hold. This will ensure that the item is recalled and alerts us to the increased demand for the item. We have procedures in place which mean, if an increased demand is evidenced, we endeavour to buy further copies.

By using the Library services and systems that are already in place you’ll find the new loan periods a real enhancement when borrowing print books. 

Remember – keep an eye on your account to ensure that you know

  • what items you have on loan and
  • how many you have.

These new benefits, and good Library account management, should mean you need never get a Library fine again!

As always, if you have any questions or wish to provide feedback on these changes, please let us know.

Your Library Team

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