Changes to borrowing: August 2022

The new shared lending policy for the Bodleian Libraries will launch on 24 August 2022. The policy has been widely consulted on and aims to provide an inclusive and coherent user experience in response to feedback.

For information about the transition to a new library system between 16 – 23 August, including any periods when services will be unavailable, visit our Service updates page.

Borrow

21 of the Bodleian Libraries offer borrowing services.

University of Oxford staff and students can borrow items from our lending libraries. Bodleian Reader card holders have reference-only access to our material.

You can see which items can be borrowed on SOLO, the main catalogue. Many items can be found on open shelves in the libraries, but some need to be requested in advance from our storage facilities.

Loan periods and limits

From 24 August 2022, the Bodleian Libraries will have a unified lending policy. This will apply across all lending collections.

You can check your borrowing allowances below. Sign into SOLO to see the loan policy for a given item (e.g. 7 Day Loan or Not Loanable).

If you have disclosed a disability, you may be eligible for extended loan periods, increased loan limits and proxy borrowing. Some libraries also offer vacation borrowing for all or part of their lending collections, which extends ordinary loan periods over University holidays. Check individual library pages for local arrangements.

 

Undergraduates can borrow a total of 20 books across the Bodleian Libraries at any one time. There are three categories of loanable books across the libraries.

  Loan period Loan limit Maximum renewal period Automatic renewals
Same Day Loan 3 hours 3 Can't be renewed No
Short Loan 2 days 5 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Week Loan 7 days 20 112 days (16 weeks) Yes

 

 

Taught postgraduates can borrow a total of 20 books across the Bodleian Libraries at any one time. There are three categories of loanable books across the libraries.

  Loan period Loan limit Maximum renewal period Automatic renewals
Same Day Loan 3 hours 3 Can't be renewed No
Short Loan 2 days 5 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Week Loan 7 days 20 112 days (16 weeks) Yes

 

 

Research postgraduates can borrow a total of 30 books across the Bodleian Libraries at any one time. There are four categories of loanable books across the libraries.

  Loan period Loan limit Maximum renewal period Automatic renewals
Same Day Loan 3 hours 3 Can't be renewed No
Short Loan 2 days 5 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Week Loan 7 days 30 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Long Loan 28 days 30 112 days (16 weeks) Yes

 

 

Staff can borrow a total of 40 books across the Bodleian Libraries at any one time. There are four categories of loanable books across the libraries.

  Loan period Loan limit Maximum renewal period Automatic renewals
Same Day Loan 3 hours 3 Can't be renewed No
Short Loan 2 days 5 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Week Loan 7 days 40 112 days (16 weeks) Yes
Long Loan 28 days 40 112 days (16 weeks) Yes

 

Reserve items on loan to someone else

If all of the copies of a book that you need to use are out on loan, you should place a reservation. This will prevent further renewals and you will be contacted by email when the book is ready for you to borrow.

Renew items

From 24 August, items you have borrowed will be automatically renewed where possible. Sign into SOLO to view a list of the items you have on loan and when they are due back.

If an item is not automatically renewed, this may be because:

  • the item has reached its maximum renewal period, usually 112 days (16 weeks)
  • the item has been reserved by another reader
  • your card has expired or is due to expire

If you think there may be a problem, contact the library from which you borrowed the item.

Return items

As a rule, all books must be returned to the library they were borrowed from. Our library collections are often in high demand and returning them promptly when you have finished with them ensures fair access for other library users to carry out their studies and research.

Overdue fines will no longer apply. However, if you do not return your books within the due date when requested, you will be blocked from any further borrowing until the issue is resolved.

Lost items

If you have lost an item borrowed from one of the Bodleian Libraries, contact the library from which the item was borrowed with details of the author’s name, the title of the book, the shelf-mark (if possible) and your name and email address.

If the book is not found, you will usually be required to pay a lost book charge. The library will send you an invoice to cover replacement costs, which will include processing and administration charges, and instructions on how to pay. Some libraries allow payment for lost books through the University’s online store.