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Library & Learning Commons: Loans & Borrowing

How many items can I borrow ?

Undergraduates    15
Taught Postgraduates 20
Research Postgraduates no limit
Staff: University/UHS/NERC no limit

External Borrowers (personal)

Alumni / SCONUL Access

External Borrowers (corporate) 10/15
Course Collection items  3 only


If the item you require is on loan or at another site, you can put in a request (place a hold) for it by logging in to Library Search.  

Once you have found the item you can select place hold as an option.  

For an item on loan a recall notice will be sent for it to be returned within seven days from the date it was recalled.
Once the item is returned, you will receive an email notification.  

Holds are kept for you to collect within three days after this non-collected holds are canceled.

You cannot renew items with "holds" that are required by other readers

What has changed?

You can now collect holds from the Library & Learning Commons Help & Information desk.  New self-issue and return units give you the option to issue and return books outside of the staffed hours.

Loan periods

The table below outlines the different loan types and the penalties for overdue items.  These measures are to encourage everyone to return items on loan before they become overdue.

If you do not return books and they become overdue, you will not be able to borrow anything or place holds until those items are returned or renewed. 

Different items have different penalties once overdue; this is dependent upon the length of the loan and if the item is in demand.

Loan type

Overdue penalty

Effective from

Course collection - short loan (return by 11.00am next day)

Record blocked for 7 days from date item returned

As soon as item is overdue

Equipment loan - today loan

Record blocked for 7 days from date item returned

As soon as item is overdue

Recalled items/holds (long loan & one week loan)  Record suspended for 7 days from date item returned  Once item is 3 days overdue

 One week loan

Record blocked for 7 days from date item returned

Once item is 21 days overdue

Long loan - items are issued to a date in June or September and automatically renewed (unless recalled) See recalled items information.   

If items remain overdue, they will be recorded as a University debt leading to the withdrawal of services and facilities (for example, e-mail). 

Course collection Resources

Course collections contain stock in high demand, typically reading list material, and in a variety of formats, physical and digital.

Many items are available online, accessed via  (for online stock you must login with your User Name & Password). This means our online course collections are available to you anytime, anywhere; helping you study as and when you wish.