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Loans, renewals, reservations and charges

How many items can I borrow?

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

Loan periods

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.

The following loan periods are all provisional - if an item is recalled by another user it will need to be returned by the new date specified on your library account.

Loan periods

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 24 Hour1 Week3 Week 
Undergraduate 24 hours1 week3 weeks
Postgraduate Taught24 hours1 week3 weeks
Postgraduate Research24 hours1 week3 weeks*
Staff24 hours1 week3 weeks*
External UsersN/A1 week3 weeks

* For Staff and Postgraduate Research students 3 week loans will be automatically renewed unless requested by another user.

Journals and other reference items are for use in library only.

Fine rates

3 Week Loan 20 pence per day
1 Week Loan 40 pence per day
24 Hour Loan 50 pence per hour

Renewing items

Items may be renewed by bringing them to the Library, by telephone (see contact details), by using the self-renewal facility on the LibrarySearch, and 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 to do this. 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 books

The books must be returned by the date stated on the receipt. If books are returned later than the due date, fines may be charged. Books must be returned to the Library they were borrowed from. You can renew items, assuming that they are not 24 hour loans or requested by another user.

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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