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Borrowing, renewing and reservations

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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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The Library is no longer charging fines for the late return of books and DVDs. 

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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 that are due for return we notify you of this. These could be, for example, books that have been reserved and therefore not eligible for automatic renewal. As the first series of reminders is sent by email to your university email address, please login to that regularly.

Renewing borrowed items

Renewing borrowed items

 We have introduced a system of Automatic Renewals to help you manage your loans more easily.

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Our reservation service enables you to reserve a book if all copies are out on loan.

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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 both our libraries.

For those who would be eligible to join under the SCONUL Access Scheme, please note that the scheme is suspended due to continuing physical distancing measures and reduced study space capacity in member libraries. Please see the SCONUL Access website for updates.