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Loans, renewals, reservations and charges

If you are looking to loan a laptop, visit our Laptop Loans page.

How many items can I borrow?

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        Undergraduates and Postgraduate Taught                                     25
Postgraduate Research and Staff              40
           External Users                                     10

Loan periods

Loan periods

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24 Hour1 Week3 WeekReferenceLaptops

✔ All University staff and students can borrow

✔ All University staff and students can borrow

✔ All University staff and students can borrow

✔ Includes Journals and Dictionaries 

 ✔ 6 hour loans only

External users cannot borrow

✔ External users can borrow

 ✔ External users can borrow

Cannot use outside the Library

Cannot use outside the Library

Cannot be renewed 


 ✔ Automatic renewal for staff and Postgraduate Research students*


External users cannot borrow 





Cannot be renewed

*If an item is requested by another user, it will need to be returned by the new date specified on your library account. This applies to automatic renewals of 3 week loans for staff and Postgraduate Research students.

Please note that loan periods can change over the vacation. Information on vacation loans will be available at the library helpdesk prior to vacation periods.


Fine rates

3 Week Loan 20p per day
1 Week Loan 40p per day
24 Hour Loan 50p per hour
Laptop Loan £1 per hour

Renewing items

Items may be renewed by:

  • bringing them to the Library,
  • by telephone (see contact details),
  • using the self-renewal facility on LibrarySearch
  • via self-service machines in both Bedford and Founder’s.

If another user has reserved an item, or the fine on your account exceeds £35, it may not be renewed.

Please note that 24 hour loan items cannot be renewed.

Reserving an item

Any item which is already on loan may be reserved. This can be done very simply using LibrarySearch. You will need your RHUL IT username and password.

When items are returned, they will be processed as 'self-service holds' and can be collected from the shelves beside the helpdesks.

Please note that 24 hour loan items can be reserved by hold request, but cannot be booked in advance.

Self-service holds

You will receive an email when your hold item is ready for collection, along with a collection reference number.  

Holds are shelved in the short loan area of the library, clearly labelled with your reference number.  

You can issue your book using the self-service machine, also in the short loan area.

Returning items

Items must be returned to the Library they were borrowed from, by the date stated on the receipt. The exception is for the book return service at Bedford Square in Central London.

If you have borrowed an item from Senate House library, there is a drop box on campus at the Depository (Building 39 on the campus map), where you can return books.

If items are returned later than the due date, fines may be charged (see Fine rate table above).

Students attending prolonged course placements or programmes away from the College should be fully aware of this requirement and must contact the Library in advance should such an absence preclude return of any items by the due date.

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