If you are in possession of library resources borrowed prior to 1 September 2021 these are due back by 1 October 2021. To retain any of these items after 1 October 2021 please read this importance guidance.
Items borrowed on or after 1 September 2021 will 'auto-renew'. This means you will not need to routinely renew them yourself. We are no longer charging fines for the late return of library loans.
See below for more information.
What is auto-renewal?
Who and what does auto-renewal apply to?
How long does an item continue to auto-renew?
What about items I borrowed before 1 September 2021?
What happens if someone requests an item I have on loan?
What happens if I don't return a requested item on time?
Can I still visit the Library if my library account is frozen?
What happens if I manually renew items instead of waiting for them to auto-renew?
How can I check what I have on loan?
How do auto-renewals differ for external members of the Library?
Are you still charging fines for overdue library loans?
Why have you made this change to the way loans are renewed?
Auto-renewal means that when you borrow an item from the Library the loan is automatically renewed on a rolling basis. How often an item auto-renews depends on its loan type. For example, renewals are attempted every three weeks for standard loans and every 7 days for one week loans.
It applies to any item checked-out on or after 1 September 2021, except those borrowed as a result of an inter-library loan request. It applies to all library members, including members of staff, but differs slightly for external members*.
*See 'How do auto-renewals differ for external members of the Library?'
An item will continue to renew until:
*See 'What happens if I don't return a requested loan on time?'
Items borrowed before 1 September 2021 are due back on or before Friday 1st October 2021.
You may borrow the same items again, provided they have not been requested by anyone else, but to instigate auto-renewal you must bring them to the Library, check them in, and then check them out again. Just renewing the loans - online via your library account or using a self-service machine - will not instigate auto-renewal, meaning you will need to remember to manually renew your loans at the end of each loan period.
If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from visiting the Library with your library loans before 1 October 2021 please get in touch.
You will be notified, by BGU email, and will have 7 days - from the due date stated on the email - to return it to the Library. For this reason, please check your BGU email account regularly, or set up auto-forwarding to your personal email address.
Minimum loan periods apply. For example, you will not be required to return a one-week loan if it has been on loan to you for less than one week.
Once an item is recalled you will receive a series of reminder emails at your BGU email address. If you do not return the item within 7 days your library account will be frozen. This means you will be unable to borrow or request library resources and any other items you have on loan will not renew. Your library account will be unfrozen as soon as you return the outstanding item/s.
Importantly, once your account is unfrozen you must manually renew all of your other loans to re-activate auto-renewal on your account (see instructions below).
Yes. You can visit and study in the Library and use online resources whilst your library account is frozen.
They will renew for the normal loan period, from the day you renew them. For example, if you manually renew a standard loan the due date will jump forward 3 weeks. However, if you try to manually renew an item that has been requested by someone else, the due date may end up being sooner than if you had waited for the auto-renewal. We therefore advise you to avoid manually renewing loans, unless your library account has recently been unfrozen*.
*See 'What happens if I don't return a requested item on time?'
If you are an external member* of the Library each of your loans will auto-renew a maximum of 5 times, at which point you will be required to return them. In addition, if an item you have on loan is requested by someone else your library account will be frozen as soon as the due date passes. It is unfrozen as soon as the requested item is returned. Whilst your library account is frozen you cannot borrow or request additional library resources and other items you have on loan will not renew (automatically or otherwise).
*Members of the Library who are not current students or members of staff.
No. As of 1 September 2021 we will no longer charge fines for the late return of library loans. Fines accrued for late returns prior to the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 have been waived, and should no longer be visible in patrons' library accounts.
We believe it is fairer and more equitable than the previous system; you don't have to remember to renew your loans regularly and you can keep items as long as you need, provided they are not requested by anyone else. We were also keen to move away from a system based on financial penalties.