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Borrowing, renewing and reservations


Borrowing & returning

Borrowing & returning

Our self service machines enable you to borrow and return books quickly and efficiently.

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Vacation borrowing

During the university vacations, borrowing arrangements differ to those in term time, to enable you to borrow books for a longer period.

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Fines start building up daily when your item is one day overdue and will accrue for each weekday when the university is open.

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Loan allowances

Borrowing allowances and loan periods for Bournemouth University Library.

Overdues and reminders

Overdues and reminders

If you have items due for renewal or return, we send you reminders. The first series of these are sent by email to your university email account, so please login regularly.

Renewing borrowed items

Renewing borrowed items

You can renew your library books as many times as you need to without bringing them in to the Library. This applies to BU students and staff only.

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Our reservation service enables you to reserve a book if all copies are out on loan. You can reserve books through the Library Catalogue.

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Visitor loans

If you are eligible for external borrower membership or pay a subscription membership, you will be able to borrow books from our ordinary loan and one-week loan collections.