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Our services: Borrow from us: Borrow

From borrowing to returning, loan periods to details of charges for late returns - this guide has all the information you need about borrowing from us.

Borrow

You can access the Bill Bryson Library to browse the shelves and borrow any available books you require. You must bring your campus card in order to access the building and borrow any books. 

The University welcomes the use of face coverings in shared indoor spaces on campus. Details of all our safety measures can be found on our Visiting our Buildings guide.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home and try to avoid contact with people. Please visit the University webpages for more details.
 

How to borrow an item

  • Head to the self-service machines on Level 2 
  • Select 'Issue' on the screen
  • Scan the barcode on your campus card
  • Scan the barcode on your item(s). The barcode should be on the front cover of the item; if not, look inside the back cover. 

If you have any problems borrowing an item, please take it to the Help and Information Desk.


How many items can I borrow?  

  • University Staff, Research Postgraduates: 40  

  • Taught Postgraduates: 30  

  • Undergraduates, International Study Centre students: 20  

  • Associate & Subscription borrowers: 7  

 
How long can I borrow items for?  

 Loan type  

 Library user  

 Loan period  

Standard loan   All

 21 days 

(automatically renews every three weeks for up to 12 months, or card expiry)

3-day loan 

All  

Not available to external borrowers

3 days
(non-renewable) 

College items College members

21 days 

(automatically renews every three weeks for up to 6 months, or card expiry)

Items that you borrow will renew automatically every three weeks for 12 months, as long as they haven’t been reserved by another user. After 12 months, you will then need to return these items to the library. Please note, College items automatically renew for 6 months.

See our separate page for details of overdue charges.
 

Online access 

All university staff and students can use Discover to search and view our electronic resources, including eBooks, eJournals, databases and eTheses. 
 

Requesting resources

You can ask to see items outside of our collections, suggest new items or additional copies, or request access to our print resources if you are not currently living in Durham.

  • Visit our Reserve guide for information on making a reservation for an item already on loan, or to reserve items held at Divines Library, Ushaw College or our Remote Store
  • Visit our Request guide for information on requesting a new purchase or an additional copy, or to request items through Inter-Library Loans, Scan and Deliver or Postal Loans services. 

Ask DULib

Contact us through our enhanced virtual enquiry desk, Ask DULib. Search our FAQs, email us, or chat with a librarian. 
Ask DULib is available to all students, staff and users.

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