You can borrow up to 10 items*.
You are able to borrow from our long loan and one week loan stock.
*With the exception of full time undergraduates on the SCONUL scheme.
Long loan: items are issued to a date in June or September (unless recalled) depending upon the time of year.
One week loan
Reference - for use in the Library only
If the item you need is currently on loan, you can ask that it be recalled by using the 'Place hold' option on the item record in WebCat.
When placing the hold, you can also choose which library to collect your hold from.
We will email your university account when the item is available to collect.
Items are held for three days.
If the book you need is available at a different library to the one you normally use, it can be brought to the library of your choice for collection.
You can request long loan or one week loan items.
Search WebCat to find the item you would like and then use the 'Place hold' option to request the item.
We will let you know when the item is available. This should be within two working days. Items are held for collection for three days.
It may be someone else is using it in the library but has not issued it yet.
If you have checked the shelves and the recently returned trolleys and cannot find the item please ask at the help desk.
Using your ID card, which is also your library card you can borrow items.
You can borrow items yourself using one of our self-issue machines during library opening hours.
You can take items to a help desk and we can issue the books for you. Some library opening hours are longer than the times our help desks are staffed so please check opening hours.
We also offer a postal loans service.
You can self-return using our self-issue/return units.
Returns boxes can be found in all our libraries.
During library opening hours you can also return items to the help desks.
We are happy to receive items returned by post.
Long loan and one week loan items can be returned this way.
UK-based staff and students can use our postal returns service.
If you need to return an item when the library is closed, there are returns facilities at all libraries except the Winchester School of Art Library.
If another user has requested an item that you have borrowed, you will receive a recall notice giving you a new due date for return.
Please ensure that the item is returned by this date. If you return an item after this date your library account will be suspended, and you will be unable to borrow further items.
Please return recalled items before they become overdue.
The basic rule is that 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.
Different items have different penalties once overdue, this depends on the length of the loan:
Long loan and one week loan (when recalled)
Library account is suspended once an item is three days overdue, and for seven days starting from the date the item is returned
If an item remains overdue, it will be considered as lost and recorded as a university debt.
SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme, The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
Please note that BAND R (full time undergraduates) are unable to borrow material under the SCONUL Access scheme.