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Book loans, renewals and recalls


Who can borrow?

All current members of the University (and official Faculty Visitors) may borrow books from the Casimir Lewy Library. In order to register, readers need to present their valid University card at the Issue Desk when they visit the Library for the first time. This must be shown each time a book is borrowed.

Please note: there is no registration of new readers on Saturdays.

How many items can I borrow?

BorrowerNo of loansLoan period
Philosophy undergraduates 10 1  week
Philosophy graduates/staff 15 2 weeks
Other faculty undergraduates 5 1 week
Other faculty graduates/staff 5 2 weeks

In certain cases, users may be entitled to extended loans, please ask about this. Please note: It is not possible to borrow or renew books if you have overdue items or outstanding fines on your account. Books should not be borrowed on behalf of another person.

Renewals, recalls and holds

Books on standard loan may be renewed up to 3 times if there are no outstanding fines, overdue books, or requests. You can renew books by:

  • My Library Account: you can see what you've borrowed, when it's due back, make renewal requests, check the status of your hold or recall requests, and find out if you have any fines.
  • In Person: Books must be presented for renewal, and fines paid if they are overdue.

Please note:  Books become overdue at library closing time on the date they are due. Overnight loans must be brought to the library for renewal. Also, it is not possible to renew books online in the first and last weeks of each term. This is because vacation borrowing comes into operation. If you want to keep a book for the vacation, you will need to bring it to the library to have it returned and re-issued to you.

Holds and recalls
If the book you want is on loan to someone else, you can request it (place it on hold). Books that are on 2 week loan may also be recalled (this asks that the current borrower cuts short their loan and returns the book as soon as possible).

If someone places a hold or recalls a book that you have on loan you will not be able to renew it. A recall notice will be sent to you and the book must then be returned by the new due date or fines will be incurred.

Placing a hold or recall

  • From iDiscover, click on 'My Library Account' in the top navigation bar and Select the ‘log in with Raven’ option.
  • Find the book you want by searching iDiscover, requesting is done from the detailed results page in iDiscover.
  • To get to the results page: look at the full record by clicking on the title, Click on the location that you want, then click on 'Check request options' next to its details.
  • Select a link to either recall or hold the title. Choose 'Place a hold' if the book is due back within 7 days or 'Place a recall' if it is on loan for more than 7 days.

We will keep requested books for 3 days at the library issue desk. We will email you when it is ready to collect.

Book returns

When the library is open, books should always be returned to a member of staff at the issue desk. When the Library is closed you may return books to our book drop which is just outside the Raised Faculty Building entrance opposite Lady Mitchell Hall.

Books can be returned to the Library by post when necessary. Pack the parcel well and send by a tracked delivery method to minimise the risk of loss or damage.

Courtesy and overdue notices

Notices are sent via email as a courtesy to remind you of the due dates and to inform you when a book has become overdue. The Library does not accept responsibility for the failure or delay of email reminders.


Fines on overdue items are charged to all categories of borrower. The current rates are 40p per item per day for standard loan items and 30p per hour for overnight loan items. Fines may be paid with cash, or online via our secure site.


You can pay your library fine online using your debit or credit card from our secure site. Please allow 24 hours for the fine to be cleared from your account. *Please enter the amount carefully when prompted*

Pay a fine online