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Borrowing: Loan Entitlements

All you need to know about library membership, borrowing and loans

Monday 21 September 2020: During the lockdown period and over the summer all library loans were due back on Friday 2 October 2020.  Loan periods are now starting to return to normal, e.g. standard loans are now due back three weeks after check-out.  

Click here for more information about changes to library procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Loan entitlements

The following limits apply to items available for loan:

  • Current BGU students may borrow up to 25 items at a time;
  • Current staff members and research students may borrow up to 35 items at a time;
  • External borrowers may borrow up to 8 items at a time.

Loan periods

  • The loan period for standard loans is 3 weeks
  • The loan period for children's books is 12 weeks
  • The loan period for one week loans is 7 days
  • The loan period for Education MA students is 9 weeks
  • The loan period for staff members and research students (PhD and EdD) is 18 weeks

How to borrow and return library resources

To borrow library resources you need your library card (your BGU ID card).  Take books to the service desk to be issued to you by a member of staff, or use the self service machine to issue them to yourself.  DVDs and other non-book materials (resource packs, big books, puppet bags etc) can only be issued at the Service Desk by a member of staff. Fines cannot be paid using the self-service machine.

When returning items you can hand them in at the Service Desk, return them yourself using the self service machine, or place them in the drop box outside the Library (see below). You do not need your library card to return resources.

Books can be returned by post but you are advised to get proof of postage and they must arrive on or before the due date. If a book arrives with us after its due date and you can provide evidence that it was posted in good time (3 working days for items sent 2nd class, one working day for items sent 1st class) we will consider waiving any associated fines.

A note about the Drop Box: Our drop box allows you to return books when the Library is closed. It is located outside the Cornerstone Building on the wall under the walkway.  During term time it is emptied twice a day; once at 2pm and again approximately 60 minutes before the Service Desk closes (i.e. at 7pm Mondays to Thursdays, at 5pm Fridays & Saturdays, 4.30pm on Sundays).  If you place an item in the box after the last emptying of the day it will be taken off your card the following day.

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