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Everything you need to know about borrowing books

by University of Liverpool Library on 2021-11-03T10:52:00+00:00 | Comments

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Although it may seem straightforward, borrowing books from the library can sometimes feel a bit confusing. To make things easier for you, we’ve explained everything you need to know.

How to find books in the Library

The best way to find books in the library is to use your Reading Lists to find the books you need for each module, then use the Library Catalogue search to find out exactly where your books are located on the shelves, which will save you time when retrieving your books.

When you are familiar with using the library, browse the books on the shelves to find new and interesting titles that you may never have found otherwise.

Don’t forget, before you head to the bookshelves you can search for the books you need in advance on our Library Catalogue.

How to borrow books from the Library

Once you have found the books that you need, simply pick them from the shelves and take them to the checkout machines. Scan your University card or Library ID QR code in the My Liverpool app and then place your books on the checkout machine and wait for them to be checked out to your account.

Undergraduate students can borrow up to 20 items at one time and taught postgraduate students have a borrowing limit of 30 items.

If the book that you need is currently on loan to someone else, you can reserve the book via the Library catalogue and it will be kept for you to collect when it is returned.

If you don’t want to take the book out of the library then you don’t need to check it out. Once you are finished using the book, leave it on your desk and the Library Shelving Team will collect it and return it to the shelves.

Loan Periods

The loan period for all books is 28 days. If no one else requests the book that you have borrowed, it will be automatically renewed to your account and you can borrow it for as long as you need.

If someone else has requested a book that you have, you will receive an email to let you know and you will need to return it to the library by its due date.

Requesting books

We're always trying our best to provide you with everything you need to succeed in your studies. If you need a resource that the Library doesn't have, we support requests for additional resources via our Get It For Me service.

We will either purchase a physical or digital copy of the item, or borrow it from another library as an inter-library loan. Simply tell us what you need and we will do our best to get it as quickly as possible.

Get in Touch

If you have any problems finding or borrowing the books you need, contact us via our library chat service and one of the team will be happy to help.


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