What can I borrow?

You can borrow books, videos, DVDs and CDs.

Find out what we have by using the Library catalogue (click on the Catalogue tab above). Undergraduate/certificate (modular enrolment)/short course students can borrow up to 15 one week or three week loan items. Postgraduate students and staff can have 20. In addition, Birkbeck staff and students can borrow up to 2 one day loan items. Visiting borrowers can have 5 items (excluding one day loans and Short Loan Collection items).

How long can I borrow for?

Most of our material is three week loan, but we also have items that are one week loan, one day loan, two hour loan (Short Loan Collection) and some material (marked Reference) can't be borrowed at all.

Do you charge fines?

Fines are charged for overdue loans  - more details on fines.

How do I renew?

You can renew one week and three week loan material that is not requested by another Library user. One day loans and Short Loan Collection items can't be renewed. More details on renewing.

Can I request books that are out on loan?

You can place a request if all loan copies of an item are currently out on loan - more details on requests.