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Access and borrowing

Who can borrowBorrowing and returningBorrowing rights Fines


Who can borrow

Senior Members and students of the University may register to borrow.  Please bring your University Card to the library between 9am and 4.45pm, Monday to Friday, or 9am and 12 noon on Saturdays during full term. Non-members of the University may be admitted for reading only.

Access for disabled students

A wheelchair lift gives disabled students access to the lower ground floor reading area where the majority of desks and book stacks are located.  Staff can retrieve items from the mezzanine level as needed.

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Borrowing and returning

To borrow, please take your University Card and books to the self issue terminal or circulation desk.  Please note that items cannot be issued or returned in the last fifteen minutes before closing time.  Half an hour before closing, a bell will ring twice to signal the last fifteen minutes of this service.

When returning loans, please wait while each book is checked in and then take them to the returned book shelves.  Never return books directly to the shelves as they will remain registered as on loan to your account and you will be fined if they become overdue or lost.

If you need to return books outside library opening hours you can use the letterbox book-drop in the faculty lobby, or, when the building is closed, post them through the external letterbox.

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Borrowing rights

Staff, graduates and undergraduates have the same borrowing rights.  Note that there is a separate book limit and loan period for books from the Latin American Studies collection.

1. Main history collection

  • Term-time: four items may be borrowed
  • Vacation: typically four items may be borrowed
Blue labelYellow labelRed label
Can be borrowed for three days and can be renewed Can be borrowed for three days and can be renewed Books, journals, pamphlets, theses and microfilms that are for reference only and may not be borrowed.
Special Subject material
Can only be borrowed from 2.30pm until 10.30am the next day (or Friday afternoon to Monday morning).

    Red label books

 

2. Latin American Studies collection

  • Term-time and vacation: six items may be borrowed

  • All items can be borrowed for two weeks

There is extended borrowing over the vacations for all books, but please note that Special Subject material cannot be borrowed until the day before the library closes for Christmas, Easter or the summer closure, and must be returned on the day the library reopens.

2. POLIS collection

Four books may be borrowed for three days and can be renewed.

 

 

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Fines

While you have outstanding fines on your account you will not be able to borrow books. Fines still outstanding at graduation will be treated as debts to the University and affect the award of a degree.

1. Main history collection

Blue, Yellow label books and Polis books

Special subject material

Overdue items incur fines at the rate of 25 pence per item per day and these continue to accrue until the item is returned (and will include vacations and closed days) – see above for advice on how to return material out of hours. Special Subject material will be charged at 25 pence for each hour it is overdue (again, including closed periods and vacations).

2. Latin American Studies collection

25 pence per item per day

Lost items

A fine of £30.00 is charged for a lost loan and is not refundable if the item is subsequently returned. Outstanding fines must also be paid.

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