Loan returns

Page last updated: 1 September 2020

Temporary loan hubs

Readers can return items to the following temporary loan return hub locations:

  • The Philosophy and Theology Faculty Library at the Radcliffe Humanities building - this is an external drop-box situated to the right of the main entrance. Books can be returned at anytime.
  • The Sainsbury Library at the Saïd Business School - this is an external drop-box situated to the right side of the building on Rewley Road opposite the Fire Station. Books can be returned at anytime.
  • The Social Science Library at the Manor Road building. The Library is open 10am - 4pm and advance booking is not required to return books. Crates for book returns are provided in the library entrance area.

Health and Safety guidelines will be provided at the Returns Hubs. Please follow instructions displayed on the signage or given verbally by staff managing the hub.

The Bodleian Libraries, other departmental libraries, and college libraries will be working closely together to ensure repatriation of books to the owning library.

Royal Mail Tracking

If you are unable to visit Oxford, 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 as best you can.

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

This is a free service.

For more information, see our Return by Post FAQs

Processing returns

Once you have returned your books, either 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.

No overdue fines will be charged on books which have been returned and are awaiting check-in.

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 borrow@bodleian.ox.ac.uk and further instructions will be provided.

If you have enquiries about returning your books, please contact borrow@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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