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Borrowing from the library


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 should 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 books can I borrow?

BorrowerNo of loansLoan period
Undergraduates 10 7 days
Graduates/staff 20 28 days

In certain cases, users may be entitled to extended loans, please ask us about this. Books on loan remain the responsibility of the library account holder. 

How can I renew my books?

Standard loan books on loan to current University students and staff will be automatically renewed.  Please be aware that short loan items or books that have been recalled by another library user can't be renewed and should be returned by the due date.  If you can't return the book on time please contact us and we will do our best to help you avoid incurring fines.

You can also renew books as follows:

  • By logging into your online library account via iDiscover.  This allows you to see what you've borrowed, see when it's due back, renew books, check the status of your recall request, and find out if you have any fines.
  • By asking at the library desk.

Please note:  Books become overdue at the library closing time on the date they are due. 

How can I request a book which is on loan?


If the book you want is on loan to someone else, you can recall it. This means that the current borrower cuts short their loan and returns the book as soon as possible.

If someone 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 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 'Place a recall'.

We will keep requested books for 2 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 or by using self-service. When the Library is closed you may return books to the book drop next to Lady Mitchell Hall when we are closed or the one found outside the English Faculty Library at any time.

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 incurring costs for 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 recalled books that are returned after the revised due date are £1 per item per day. A few books and journals are short loans and the fines for these are £1 per item per day. Fines may be paid with cash, or online via our secure site or iDiscover.

If you think you may have lost a book from the Philosophy Faculty Library, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss options for replacing the book.

Log in with the barcode from the back of your University card, and to renew books, just click on their titles!

Click to renew

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