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Loan Periods

by Fabio Lahr last modified Feb 15, 2018 01:12 PM

SPS Library Loan Periods


Undergraduates, MPhil students & Visiting Fellows:

Item categoryStandard LoanOvernight LoansShort LoanReference
Loan Period 7 days (renewable for 3x the loan period) 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 for 3x the loan period. 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

It is possible to renew (some) overdue items, but be aware that they will incur fines for the number of days that they were overdue.

Items are renewable only until the end of term (see Vacation Borrowing)

 


Academic staff, PhDs & Academic visitors:

Item categoryStandard LoanOvernight LoansShort LoanReference
Loan Period 28 days* (renewable for 3x the loan period) 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.

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 for 3x the loan period. 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

It is possible to renew (some) overdue items, but be aware that they will incur fines for the number of days that they were overdue.

Items are renewable only until the end of term (see Vacation Borrowing)


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.

Blocks: At SPS Library, borrowing, renewals etc. will be blocked when your SPS fines only exceed £20.00. This does not affect your borrowing at other libraries, although they may have their own thresholds.

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.