Answered By: Andrew Willan
Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018     Views: 1738

The borrowing period/return dates of loanable items in the Library can be identified through the following:

In addition, items borrowed on an Inter-Library Loan are issued with a date of return slip included.

Some books, journals, DVDs and any other loanable items not issued on an Inter-Library Loan are colour-coded with labels to indicate different borrowing periods.

The Library uses the following coloured labels:

  • RED -  1 day short loan items (overnight or weekend loan only).
  • GREEN -  3 day (Restricted) loans
  • BLUE - 7 day loans
  • ORANGE / YELLOW - Library/Reference Use only items.
  • Standard loan period items don't have labels and are dependent on user category:
Member category Standard loan period
Alumni & Sconul 2 weeks
Undergraduate & Continuing Education 3 weeks
Taught Postgraduate 4 weeks
Research Postgraduate 1 year from date of issue
Staff 1 year from date of issue


Students with additional needs have the following borrowing arrangements:

  • Short Loans will issue for 3 days
  • 3 day loans will issue for 7 days
  • 7 day loans will issue for 3 weeks

For other users, check the printed or emailed receipts you receive when borrowing items, check your Library account or speak to a member of staff.

You can renew 3 day, 7 day and standard loan items online, by telephone or in person if another user has not placed a reservation on a particular item. Renewals cannot be made beyond the maximum renewal limit

1 day (short loan) items cannot be renewed as these items are in heavy demand. 

If in doubt please get in touch via the Contact Us box or speak to a member of staff.

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