Loan periods and limits
All members of Wolfson with a Lee Library account may borrow a maximum of 10 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.
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.
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.
Standard Loan items may be renewed up to 3 times.
1 Week Loan items may be renewed up to 4 times.
You will receive a courtesy notice by email up to 3 days before the item must be returned or renewed.
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 the Cambridge Libraries Widget (you can get to the widget from the 'Access my account' link on the Lee Library home page, via the 'My library account' link in the top right hand corner of the LibrarySearch home page) or via the Newton Catalogue (click on the 'Your Newton account' link in the top right hand corner of the Newton home page).
- Open the 'Loans' tab and click on the book details to renew each item.
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.
You can add the Cambridge Libraries Widget to your facebook, iGoogle or CamTools homepages. Follow the instructions here.
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.
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. You will be contacted in due course by the Librarian.
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.