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Borrowing, renewing and reservations

Check details for library services - April 2021 onwards


Borrowing & returning

Borrowing & returning

During Covid restrictions, if you would like to borrow books or DVDs from the Library please request them in advance using our Reserve & Collect Service. We are sorry that at the moment there is no facility for you to browse at the bookshelves.

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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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The Library will not  charge fines for the late return of books and DVDs during this academic year, 2020/21.

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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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From January 2021 until further notice, you will need to reserve any book or DVD you want to borrow - those available on the bookshelves as well as those that are on loan. You will not be able to browse at the bookshelves due to Covid-19 safety measures.

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Visitor loans

Service unavailable until further notice. Please check Library services - April 2021 onwards for further information.

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.