Library Borrowing

Most items are available for loan for a two-month loan period, known as standard loan.  More heavily used items are restricted to two-week loans or two-day loans.  Two-week and two-day loans are identified by blue and red spots on the book spine while standard loans have the shelf mark only.  The table below lists how many items can be borrowed from each loan type, by category of student or other library user.

Undergraduates: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 12 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
4 for 2 weeks 50p per day
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
4 for 48 hours
(no renewals)
£1 per day

Taught Postgraduates: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 12 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
4 for 2 weeks 50p per day
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
4 for 48 hours
(no renewals)
£1 per day

Associate Students: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 12 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
4 for 2 weeks 50p per day
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
4 for 48 hours
(no renewals)
£1 per day

Academic Staff: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 25 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
4 for 2 weeks 50p per day
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
4 for 48 hours
(no renewals)
£1 per day

Research Students: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 25 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
4 for 2 weeks 50p per day
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
4 for 48 hours
(no renewals)
£1 per day

Alumni Borrowers: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 2 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
None  
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
None  

Inspire Borrowers: Borrowing Entitlements

Type of Book How many and how long Fines
Standard Loan 2 for 2 months 10p per day
Two Week Loan
(blue spot on spine)
None  
Two Day Loan
(red spot on spine)
None  

SCONUL Access: Borrowing Entitlements

For details of SCONUL Access Scheme borrowing entitlements, please see the SCONUL Access Scheme page.

 

All Library material on loan may be recalled at any time which may require the return of an item sooner than the original due date. Items on loan can be returned to any campus library.

Renewing Library Loans

Standard and two week loan items can be renewed twice by borrowers. All Library loans are subject to recall if requested by another borrower. If an item is on loan and it has been recalled, it must be returned within 7 days. Recalled items cannot be renewed.

Please note, two day loans cannot be renewed.

Ways to Renew

  • Renew using self-service kiosks in the Library via 'My Account' option
  • Renew online using My Account in the Catalogue or the University Portal (Library & ICT tab).
  • Renew in person in any Ulster University Library
  • Renew by telephoning staff in any Ulster University Library during Library opening hours. Contact details available via the Contact Us page.

 

More information about fines & other charges is available.

Fines and Other Charges

Fines can be paid (cash or cheque) at the library desk or students & staff may use our online payment facility.

Fines are in place to increase the availability of materials by encouraging users to return materials for the benefit of other Library users. The Library understands that in some circumstances it can be difficult to return or renew books or other materials on time. Library users are encouraged to contact the Library as soon as possible if they experience any difficulties.

Fines are calculated according to the category of material. High demand materials are available to borrow for shorter periods and higher charges apply if such material is returned late. The current maximum fine that can be charged for each item is £10. If a Library account has fines in excess of £5 a Library user will not be able to renew, reserve or borrow any materials.

The Library will apply charging policies in a fair and consistent manner. Fines may be waived or reduced only where exceptional circumstances apply, for example, when a user has been ill. The Library will waive any fines incurred due to Library error.

 

Avoiding fines

The Library will encourage all users to avoid accruing fines by:

  • Regularly checking their Library record via "My account" which can be viewed and managed at the self-service kiosks in the Library or online (Ulster students and staff only).
  • Renewing materials online before they become overdue.
  • Keeping any receipt generated at time of issue as a reminder of when the item is due back.
  • Checking emails from Ulster University Library. Users will be reminded by email before materials become overdue or if an item has been recalled for use by someone else. If a user believes the details in an email notification are incorrect, it is their responsibility to contact the Library immediately.

Notes:

  • Non receipt of a 'reminder' email is not acceptable as a valid reason for not returning an item. It is a Library user's responsibility to check the due date and return materials by the date specified.
  • Users should not lend their Library card or any Library materials issued to them to anyone else. All Library materials issued on an individual's Library card are their responsibility.
  • Materials on loan may be recalled after a minimum of seven days if required by another library user. A reservation on material on loan will block any renewal of this item by the current user.

 

Overdue notices

Overdue notices are sent by email as a courtesy to Library users. Staff and students of the University will get these notices via their University email account. Alumni, SCONUL, Inspire and any other Library users should check the email account they used to register with the Ulster University Library. Failure to receive notices sent by the Library does not negate a user's obligation to return material by the due date, nor does it constitute grounds for reducing fines.

 

How does the Library spend fines money?

All fines money is used to support the student library experience. This includes purchasing additional copies of high demand texts.