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How do I borrow a book?

You have found the book that you want from our shelves, now how do you take it out the Library?

When you have found the books that you want, you can take them to the self-service machines available at most libraries or to the Library Helpdesk where, on production of your card, staff will issue the book to you. Self-issue machines will provide an itemised receipt of books issued; at Helpdesks the due date will be stamped on the date label inside the front of the book.

Books cannot be issued to you if you do not have your card, or if you have a block on your Library record such as an outstanding fine over £10.00. The Library will normally require accrued fines to be paid off fully in one transaction.

Borrowed items may not be taken out of the United Kingdom without special permission of the Librarian.

How many books can I borrow?

Undergraduates

Undergraduates may borrow 30 books at any one time, 3 of which may be Reserve.

Taught Postgraduates

Taught Postgraduates may borrow up to 50 books at any one time, 3 of which may be Reserve.

Research Postgraduates, University staff and Lothian Health staff

Research Postgraduates, University staff and Lothian Health staff may borrow up to 60 books at any one time, 3 of which may be Reserve.

University of Edinburgh alumni

University of Edinburgh alumni may borrow up to 15 books at any one time. Reserve collections are not available to alumni.

Other categories of user

Other categories of user may borrow up to 5 books at any one time. Reserve collections are not available to these users.

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