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Getting Started in the Library: Borrowing books

How do I borrow books?

Student with book

  • You can borrow 25 books at a time
  • Borrow or return a book using the self-service kiosk
  • You need your university ID to borrow books
  • You can borrow and return books at any campus library 
  • Books are one week loan
  • They are are automatically extended to two weeks for students registered with Disability Learning Support 

How do I renew my books?

Books are automatically renewed unless: 

  • they have been requested by another user
  • you have overdue loans
  • your account is blocked
  • your library membership has expired

Check your Library Search account regularly to keep your loans up to date.  The library sends reminders to your Westminster email account.

How do I find a book on the shelf?

Understand how to find a book on the shelf with this helpful guide or watch the quick video below.

What can I do if the item I want is out on loan or at another campus?

You can make an online request for the item to be sent to your campus library.  You can request most items and you can request up to five items at a time.

To request:

  • Sign in to Library Search
  • Search for the book you need 
  • If it's not available at your campus library you can request it 
  • Click the title of the book and then click Request
  • You'll receive an email when your requests have arrived at the library counter. You can also view the status of your requests under ‘My Account’ on Library Search

Will I be fined if I bring a book back late?

student imageWe do not charge fines. If you return a requested item late, your library account will be blocked. This means that you will not be allowed to borrow or request items for the length of time the book was overdue, and this may prevent other loans on your account being automatically renewed.  Bring your requested books back by the due date to avoid this happening.