What is Browse & Borrow?
- Browse & Borrow is the process that enables readers to access library spaces for independent browsing of open shelf collections, borrowing via self-issue machines, or borrowing at a staffed service point.
- It is an alternative to Click & Collect as a method for enabling readers to borrow from lending libraries.
- Readers are admitted to library spaces, but they have not booked a workspace (desk reservations can be separately booked via the Plan and book a library visit page).
How does it work?
- In the same way as booking Reading Room slots, Browse & Borrow slots can be booked a maximum of 1 week in advance (subject to availability).
- After making your booking, we will send you a confirmation email containing important information about the new safety arrangements within our buildings.
- There is no desk allocation. If you have not booked in advance, unfortunately you'll likely be turned away.
Who is eligible to use Browse & Borrow?
- Members of the University with a valid University ID
What to expect when you arrive at the library
Please show your Browse & Borrow booking confirmation and/or your University Card to library staff before proceeding to the library's open-shelf collections. Please ensure you have read our 'what to expect' information before arriving at the library.
Browse & Borrow readers should use self-issue machines in the first instance, to minimise interaction with staff.
Borrowing from a service point
If the library does not have self-issue machines, or there is a fault with the machine, readers will be able to borrow their books at a staffed service point, following social distancing measures and staff instructions.
Which libraries will offer Browse & Borrow?
Libraries will join the Browse & Borrow service in a phased schedule. Updates on the timetable for the service will be added to this page as they are announced.
Book a time slot
|English Faculty Library||Library temporarily closed|
|History Faculty Library||Library temporarily closed|
|Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library||Library temporarily closed|
|Social Science Library||Library temporarily closed|
|Vere Harmsworth Library||Library temporarily closed|
|Taylor Institution Library||Library temporarily closed|
|Sackler Library||Service temporarily unavailable|
|Nizami Ganjavi Library||Library temporarily closed|
Find out more about our service updates in Hilary term.
If you are no longer able to attend the library, please cancel by clicking the 'cancel your booking' link in your confirmation email to send an automated response.
Return of loans
Items should be returned to the library from which they were borrowed. If this is not possible items can also be returned to temporary loan return hubs. If you are unable to visit a library, you can send books to us using the Royal Mail Tracked service.
If you are self-isolating but need to borrow or return items you can:
- Nominate someone to Browse & Borrow on your behalf - email relevant library to arrange in advance
- Ask someone else to return loans on your behalf
Page updated: 15 January 2021