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Borrowing, renewals, fines and Interlibrary loans

You can borrow books, videos, DVDs and CDs, usually for three weeks. Some items are available for one-week, one-day or two-hour loan, while reference material can only be viewed in the Library.

Using the collection

Borrowing 

  • Undergraduate/certificate/short course students can borrow up to 20 items (one-week, three-week loan and Short Loan Collection) and two one-day loan items. 
  • Postgraduate students can borrow up to 25 items (one-week, three-week loan and Short Loan Collection) and two one-day loan items.
  • Staff (including teaching/scholarship staff) can borrow up to 30 items (one-week, three-week loan and Short Loan Collection) and two one-day loan items.
  • Visiting borrowers can usually borrow five items (excluding one-day loans and Short Loan Collection items). 
  • Alumni can access the Library free of charge for reference only or, for an annual fee of £70, you can borrow five items (one-week or three-week loan). 
    • If you have a membership or a one-day pass, you can also get a guest photocopying account, a guest wi-fi account and access to certain digital resources via the walk-in computer near the helpdesk on level one. 
    • Alumni membership does not include access to printing, computers, one-day loans, Interlibrary loans, requests for items out on loan or remote access to digital resources. 
  • Governors, fellows and life members of Birkbeck can borrow five items (one-week or three-week loan). 
    • You can also get a guest photocopying account and a guest wi-fi account. 
    • Membership does not include access to printing, some digital resources, computers, one-day loans, Interlibrary loans or requests for items out on loan.
  • Fetching Service all library users are entitled to request items kept in storage. The Store Request Form can be found on the bottom right of the Library catalogue page.
  • Click-and-post service: Birkbeck students and staff who cannot visit the Library can order up to five books at a time via this form.
  • Return your books by post: BOOK RETURNS, The Library, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX.
  • To visit the Library: the entrance is via Torrington Square, on the right-hand side on the ground floor, of the main building, number one on the map of Birkbeck building locations.

Renewing 

  • All items on loan are automatically renewed.
  • After the pandemic is over, automatic renewal will not include Short Loan Collection items, one-day loan items or any item requested by another Library user.
  • Interlibrary loans are not automatically renewed. If you have borrowed items using the Interlibrary loans service you can request a renewal.

EMAIL REMINDERS 

Fines - from 9 July 2022

  • One-week and three-week loan items: fines are only charged for overdue requested items at the rate of 50p per day. 
  • One-day loans: fines are £5 per day. These items cannot be renewed. 
  • Short Loan Collection (two-hour loans): fines are 50p per hour or part hour and there is a grace period of 10 minutes. These items cannot be renewed. 

Interlibrary loans