Return loans

Return loans to the Bodleian Libraries during library closures or if you are no longer based in Oxford.

Page last updated 16 February 2021

Loan return period

The loan return period has been extended until 29 April 2021 across all libraries except the Cairns Library.

Items borrowed from the Cairns Library need to be returned by 1 March 2021.

Return to a library

Following government and University guidance, a limited number of our libraries are currently open.

If you have borrowed an item from a library that is open, please return it to that library. You do not need a booking to return items.

Temporary loan return hubs

Any reader can return items to one of our temporary loan return hubs. Health and Safety guidelines will be provided at the each hub. Please follow instructions displayed on the signage or given verbally by staff managing the hub.

Health and safety guidelines will be provided at the return hubs. Please follow instructions displayed on the signage or given verbally by staff managing the hub.

Royal Mail Tracking

If you are unable to visit Oxford but are based in the UK, you can send books to us using the Royal Mail Tracked service.

Follow the instructions to print off a package label at home or to use a QR code, sent by email, to print the label at the Royal Mail post office.

Package the books following Royal Mail's guidance.

Take the package with label or QR code attached to your nearest Post Office and they will complete the rest of the sending process.

The postal service is free, but you will need to pay for your own packaging.

This service is only available to current University of Oxford staff and students, or students who completed their University of Oxford degree in 2020.

Processing returns

If you have returned your items to a temporary hub or by post, it will take some time for them to be fully processed and they will remain on your library record during this time.


Contact us

If you are unable to return the books to Oxford yourself or take them to a Post Office, or you are outside the UK, please email for further instructions. 

For all other queries, questions and difficulties returning items, please email:

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