Library drop box in main reading room

Borrowing and returning books is easy to do with the self-service kiosk in the Library.

Library drop box in main reading room

Borrowing books

Loan periods & limits

All members of Wolfson with a Lee Library account may borrow a maximum of 20 books at a time. Undergraduates have a 7-day loan period and postgraduates, staff and fellows will have a 28-day loan period. However, autorenewals means that your book will be automatically renewed on the system three days before the due date without you having to renew the items yourself manually. This renewal process will go on until the end of your course, when you must return all books before you can graduate.

There is a 3-day recall period. Therefore, if someone recalls an item borrowed under your name, you will have a 3-day period to return the item to the library. If you are unable to the return the book, let us know and we might be able to sort something out. However, watch out as some libraries that collect fines might charge you automatically for non-return of recalled items if they are returned late.

Vacation Borrowing generally begins on the Monday of the last week of Full Term, when books can be issued until the Monday of the first week of the next Full Term.

Books are borrowed via the self-issue kiosk on the counter opposite the Librarian's office. Place your University ID card on the reader 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. If the machine isn't working, please fill in a manual issue slip and put it under the Librarian's door so that we know who has which books.

Returning books

you can also return your books on the machine. Please check carefully where to put your books after they have been removed from your account. Most will go on the trolley but occasionally you'll be asked to put them through the slot under the machine. This is for books that have been recalled and need to go to another library user. 

Renewing books

Renewals take place automatically and so you should not need to renew a Wolfson book. However, if you are required to, you can do so using iDiscover by clicking 'Login to iDiscover' in the upper right corner and selecting 'My Library Account.'

You will receive a courtesy notice by email up to 3 days before the item is due for return.

Placing holds & 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 Hold Shelf behind the machine 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 3 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.

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.

Please remember that you can always suggest that library purchases another copy of a book.

Security system

The Library holdings are protected 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 kiosk. Thank you!