Borrowing for vacation?

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Roof-top view from the African Studies Library

We hope that you have all survived the end of term, and are looking forward to the vacation!

If you are not leaving us this summer the following conditions for borrowing will apply.

8 items may be borrowed in total for all borrower groups:

  • 2 weeks – undergraduates
  • 3 weeks – graduates
  • 4 weeks – staff/academics
  • Books marked as 2 day and bound periodicals are borrowable for 2 days.
  • DVDs have a one week loan period
  • Overnight loans (MPhil shelves) will remain as overnight; please ask us if there is a title that you are interested in borrowing

Loans are as normal and not set for the entire vacation.  You should be able to renew online to extend your loans to the beginning of Michaelmas Term, as long as your account doesn’t expire with us before then.

Please get in touch with us either via email ( or phone (01223 334398) if you are experiencing any problems with your account, or renewals, so that we can help you to avoid accruing any fines.

Due to stock-taking and annual leave, the following closures for the Library are in place:

23rd-24th June:  CLOSED 09:00-12:59;   OPEN: 13:00-17:00

11th -25th July: CLOSED

1st -8th August: CLOSED 09:00-12:59;    OPEN: 13:00-17:00

Please make sure that you check our opening hours  online before you visit during the vacation, the Library may not be staffed, or closed at short notice due to meetings or training.  Our normal vacation hours will be 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday.

We wish you a safe and peaceful break, please do get in touch if you need any help.