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Borrowing from the library

Borrowing

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 email phillib@hermes.cam.ac.uk in the first instance.

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?

Renewals
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?

Recalls

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

Library books can not currently be returned at the Library.  Please use the book drop next to Lady Mitchell Hall or the one found outside the English Faculty Library.  

Information about further options for returning library books are explained at https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/using-library/zero-contact-services/book-returns.  These include returning them via your college, the University Library or by post.

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

Fines on Philosophy Library books will be waived until normal opening hours resume.

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