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Using the Library


Returning items 

The University campus is currently closed including the Library. Please keep hold of your library loans until the Library reopens.  Loans have been extended until after the 22nd February initially and will be extended again if required. Please check your Library account as we have staggered the return dates this time to avoid a large number of returns on one day. You will not be charged fines during the closure.

For individuals with items on loan from March 2020 we will be getting in touch with you about how to return these items. These will not be renewed but you will not incur any fines. 

For those who have an Inter Library Loan (a book on loan from another Library) please keep hold of these items and we will update you individually if a lending Library gets in touch with us. 

If you have questions please contact


The pandemic has made things complicated so if you need advice on your specific circumstances please get in touch and we will advise you,  e-mail

Borrowing - Click and collect

Click and collect

We are unable to offer click and collect at this time. Following Government guidance Library staff are working from home. We have access to a wide range of online material and the Library team can help you to find digital alternatives whilst we are closed. 

Online Library collections: The Library has a large online collection of resources to support you. This includes eBooks, journals, newspapers, streaming media (TV, films, theatre, animation, documentary, modelmaking), trend forecasting information and image databases. 

For a general overview, have a look at our Collections Page.

For subject-specific resources, have a look at your Subject Guide 


At the moment you can only place holds on items that are currently on loan to another borrower. We have switched off holds for items that are  available on the Library shelves. We will switch this back on shortly before we reopen. This is to help us manage the volume of requests when we return to campus. If you find interesting books you can create a list by logging into your Library account, searching the Library catalogue, click on the save to list button and the give your list a name. The short video on Logging in to your Library Account shows you how to do this towards the end of the video. Click here to access the video

If you wish to place a hold, check the catalogue record for the item to see when it is due for return and if other people have reserved it already. This will give you an idea of when you will be able to borrow it. You may also want to check if we have a digital copy available: e-book or streamed video. You can check on the Library catalogue but select Search Plus rather than Library Search from the drop down menu. For films search Box of Broadcasts or Kanopy.  

We will e-mail you when it is available for you to borrow. You can also login to your account on the Library catalogue to see whether it is available yet.

If you have any overdue items you will not be able to reserve an item for collection.  

You can place a hold on up to seven items at any one time. This does not affect the number items you may borrow.

Items need to be collected within seven days.  After that time they will be reshelved or offered to the next person who has placed a hold.

Please note that it may be necessary for us to renew books for a borrower who can't come to campus and this may affect a hold you have placed. 

I need it for longer, can I renew it?

Following the news of a third lockdown in England we have renewed loans until at least the 22nd February. Please check your Library account for the dates as we have staggered the return dates this time to avoid large numbers of returns on a single day. Please don't renew your loans at the moment. 

For individuals with items on loan from March 2020 we will be getting in touch with you about how to return these items. These will not be renewed but you will not incur any fines. 

You can renew most items, however if another user has placed a hold on the item or you have overdue items or fines then you won't be able to renew. We have a maximum numbers of renewals to ensure other users can access an item. Please e-mail us if you are self isolating or cannot travel to campus

Standard loan  3 renewals Maximum loan 12 weeks
1 week loan (blue stripe) 1 renewal Maximum loan 6 weeks
DVD/ Blu-ray/ CD 1 renewal Maximum loan 6 weeks
Laptop 1 day No renewals, but you can borrow another Laptop if one is available. 
Reference (yellow stripe) Library use only
Short course students and External members 1 renewal Maximum loan 6 weeks

Late returns

For individuals with items on loan from March 2020 we will be getting in touch with you about how to return these items. These will not be renewed but you will not incur any fines. 

If you have overdue items your account will be restricted and you will not be able to borrow, once we reopen, or place a hold. If you need to self isolate or cannot come to the Library to return books as a direct result of COVID-19 please e-mail us (You will also need to let the University know if you need to self isolate by e-mailing

Items will need to be quarantined for 72 hours on return. You do not need to return items early and your account will not be restricted during this time, although loans may appear as overdue on your Library account. 

We ask you to remember when your item is due for return and we help you to do this in a number of ways: 

  • Log in to your record on the Library catalogue (top right) and check when your items are due for return or renew from here. You can download an ical file to sync with your calendar if you have an Apple device. 
  • Check with us via e-mail 
  • We send you an e-mail reminder to your AUB e-mail account 3 days before an item is due for return. The Library takes no responsibility for the non-receipt of e-mails or letters regarding overdue items: it is your responsibility to return items on time. 

If items are returned late we will send you a number of reminder e-mails. You will not be able to borrow new items from the Library if you have overdue items. This is to avoid you getting additional fines and because Library items will be needed by other users. 


4 days  e-mail - Library Account is restricted
7 days  e-mail 
14 days  e-mail

Lost or damaged items

Please take care of the items you borrow from the Library. If an item you are returning is damaged please e-mail us to let us know

If you damage Library items then you may be asked to pay for a replacement. Library staff will assess the level of damage and decide whether the item needs to be replaced. 

If you loose an item please let us know. We give you 2 weeks to have a good look for it and if it is not found in that time we will then ask you to pay for a replacement copy. The replacement value is calculated when an item is reported missing. Replacement costs may be more than the original price paid by the Library, particularly in the case of rare or valuable items.