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Loan Periods

by Fabio Lahr last modified Oct 03, 2017 11:43 AM

SPS Library Loan Periods


Undergraduates, MPhil students & Visiting Fellows:

Item categoryStandard LoanOvernight LoansShort LoanReference
Loan Period 7 days (renewable x4 for 4 days per renewal) Overnight only between 4pm and 10.30am the next day. Items borrowed after 4pm on a Friday may be kept until 10.30am the following Monday 2 hours only. After 4pm acts as an Overnight Loan Not borrowable

Max number of items on loan at one time: 5

Max number of items on loan over vacation: 5 items for the full vacation period

Renewals: Standard loan items can be renewed a maximum of 4 times for 4 days per renewal. To renew, either ask at the library issue desk or renew online via the iDiscover catalogue. Items are only renewable up to the library closing time of the due date


Academic staff, PhDs & Academic visitors:

Item categoryStandard LoanOvernight LoansShort LoanReference
Loan Period 21 days* (renewable x1) Overnight only between 4pm and 10.30am the next day. Items borrowed after 4pm on a Friday may be kept until 10.30am the following Monday 2 hours only. After 4pm acts as an Overnight Loan Not borrowable

*Please note that if item is recalled by another reader, due date is shortened to 7 days from recall date (borrower will be notified by e-mail).

Max number of items on loan at one time: 5

Max number of items on loan over vacation: 5 items for the full vacation period

Renewals: Standard loan items can be renewed once. To renew, either ask at the library issue desk or renew online via the iDiscover catalogue. Items are only renewable up to the library closing time of the due date


Vacation Borrowing

The SPS Library runs a book recall at the end of each term to ensure fair borrowing opportunities for the start of vacation borrowing.

Last Tuesday of Term: All books due back

Last Wednesday of Term: No borrowing whilst library staff conduct a shelf check. Patrons are welcome to read in the library.

Last Thursday of Term: Vacation borrowing begins at 9.15am. All loans will be due back on the first Thursday of the following term. 

Vacation Loans

  • Five standard loan items may be borrowed for the duration of the vacation.
  • Overnight loans remain overnight only during the vacation period. 
  • Recalls are disabled over the vacation period.
  • All items will be due back on the first Thursday of the following term. It is possible to renew vacation items as normal once full term begins.

Fines

Any item that becomes overdue will accrue a fine:

Item TypeFine Amount
Standard loan items 25p per day (or part day)
Overnight / Short Loan Items 50p per hour (or started hour)

 

n.b. Overnight loans can only be borrowed after 4pm. If they are borrowed on the self-issue before this time they will be charged out for 2 hours only. Fines will start accruing after this time.

Unfortunately it's not possible to borrow while you have an outstanding fine on your account. You can settle your fines in person at the issue desk with cash or a cheque; or for amounts over £1, online with a debit or credit card:

Pay your fines online

You can check your current fine balance via My Library Account on iDiscover

Fines paid online are cleared by library staff so the balance on your account may not disappear until the next working day.

We would be happy to waive fines on items which were overdue due to unavoidable circumstances (such as illness) - in order to waive the fines, please provide a letter or email from a tutor/director of studies/college nurse/doctor explaining the circumstances and giving the dates affected.