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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 and POLIS collections

  • Term-time: four items may be borrowed for seven days at a time.
  • Vacation: typically four items may be borrowed
Special Subject material
One day, or from Friday to Monday

    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.


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1. Main history collection

The main collection (including Latin American)

Special subject books

If an item is recalled or cannot be renewed automatically (such as at the end of the term) there will be a £1 fine for each overdue day. This includes closed periods and vacations. Overdue special subject material will be charged at 50p a day (again, including closed periods and vacations).

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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