Borrowing and renewals

Loan periods and limits

All members of Wolfson with a Lee Library account may borrow a maximum of 15 books for up to 4 weeks at a time during Full Term. Vacation Borrowing begins on the Monday of the last week of Full Term, when books can either be issued or renewed until the Monday of the first week of the next Full Term.

Almost all items in the classmark range 330-339 (Economics) may be borrowed for 1 week only during term time. Please do not borrow a book in this category unless you are sure you will be able to return it on time.

Borrowing books

Books must be borrowed via the self-issue kiosk on the counter opposite the Librarian's office. Place your blue University Card under the scan line and then follow the instructions on screen. The title of the item and the due date will appear on the screen when an item is successfully borrowed.

Returning books

Please place all books through the slot into the returns box, which is built into the counter on your left as you enter the Reading Room. The box is cleared each weekday morning. Please do not take any books that have been borrowed back to the shelf yourself. We need to check them in for statistical purposes.

Renewing books

Standard Loan items may be renewed up to 5 times.

1 Week Loan items may be renewed up to 5 times.

You will receive a courtesy notice by email up to 3 days before the item must be returned or renewed.

Renewing online

Any item that is not already overdue, recalled by another student, or at its renewal limit, can be renewed online as follows:

  • Login to your account via iDiscover. Click on 'My Library Account' at the top of the page and follow the authentication instructions. Click the Loans tab and then 'Click to renew' to renew your items.

Please contact Library staff as soon as possible if you aren't able to renew online so that we can do it for you or let you know why it's not possible.

Placing holds and recalls

In the 'item availability' section of the catalogue record you can see not only the classmark of the book, but also whether it is on loan, and when it is due for return. If the book that you need is on loan, you might like to consider placing a hold or recall on it:

If you do not need it urgently, you may wish to place a hold, which means you will be notified when the books is returned to the Library, and it will be reserved for you on the shelf outside the Librarian's office for up to 4 days.

If you require the book before it is ordinarily due back, you can recall it, effectively reducing the original loan period to 7 days from the date of the recall. Again, you will be informed by email when the book has been returned, and it will be reserved for you for 4 days.

Please note that because books in the Economics section only have a 7 day loan period they cannot be recalled. So, if you want an Economics book which is on loan, your only option is to place a hold.

To place a hold or recall select 'check request options' next to the details of the Wolfson College copy in the list headed 'item availability'. You will then need to log in (using your University card barcode and your surname). Once logged in you can place a hold or recall as required.

Security system

The Library holdings are protected from unauthorized removal by a security system. The system works by detecting active alarm triggers in books as they pass between the antennae near the door. If a book has not been borrowed correctly, the alarm will sound and the camera positioned outside the door records the incident.

The alarm can cause disturbance to people working in the Library. In order to reduce the incidence of unnecessary alarms, please make every effort to borrow books correctly at the self-issue terminal.