Answered By: Gwen Jones
Last Updated: Jun 05, 2024     Views: 5491

To return an item you have borrowed (books, journals, DVDs and so on), please use the book sorter.  A book sorter can be found on the Ground floors of both the Sydney Jones Library and the Harold Cohen Library.

The book sorter is very simple to use:

  • Post items one at a time through the slot
  • Keep each item closed
  • Push items through the slot and it will automatically be taken in by the book sorter
  • Ensure the system has registered each item you return.

Please note that most items will be checked in immediately, however there will be some items that will need to be checked in manually by library staff. In this  case you will see a message that says 'item will be checked in soon'. Please allow up to 48 hours for these items to be removed from your record.

For most of the year, both libraries are open 24 hours a day and can accept returns at any time using the returns machines.

Ideally we would prefer books be returned to the same library from which they are borrowed. This gives a quicker turn around time for the books to be returned to shelf for the next patron.

However if you are unable to return the book to the library from which it was borrowed, then yes you are able to return the book via the sorter. If you have any issues please speak to a member of staff at the Help Desk.

If one of your books has been requested you will still need to return it by it's due date. Where possible we ask for books to be posted back to the library.

Postal address:

University of Liverpool Library,
Sydney Jones Library/Harold Cohen Library,
PO BOX 123,
Liverpool.
L69 3DA

Please remember to get a receipt of postage. If you have any questions about returning books, contact us for help and support 24/7 via online chat or email library@liverpool.ac.uk.


Books that are requested and not returned by the due date will incur fines.

If you have lost or damaged a library book issued on your library record you should contact the Library using one of the Contact Us options to discuss paying for a replacement copy. For damaged books, please bring the book to a member of staff at the help desk and they can assess whether or not you will need to pay for a replacement copy. There are two options:

  • You can ask staff for the replacement cost of the book and pay it immediately.
  • You can wait to receive an emailed invoice for the replacement cost.

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