Short Loan Collection - guidelines for users

  • Loan entitlement

    • Two items from this collection may be borrowed at any one time by students, in addition to the normal loan entitlement
    • Staff and researchers may borrow up to 4 items at a time

    Borrowing items

    • Short Loan items can be borrowed from the Short Loan Collections at Headington (Level 1) and at Wheatley, and are available on request from the issue counter at Harcourt Hill. Please look up the details of the items you want to borrow on the Library Catalogue 

      If you are looking for a Short Loan item and you want to know what time it is due to be returned, please ask a member of Library staff to check this for you 

    Loan periods

    • All Short Loan items are available for periods of 4 hours or 24 hours
    • At Headington and Wheatley the time at which a Short Loan item is due back is shown on the receipt issued from the self-service points. At Harcourt Hill, Library staff will write the time due back on the date label in the item
    • When are Short Loans not so short?
      • After 16.00, Monday to Thursday, all 4 hour books are due back at 10.15 the following morning
      • After 16.00 on Friday (14.00 at Wheatley), and any time over the weekend, 4 hour loans are due back at 10.15 the following Monday morning 
      • 24 hour loans borrowed on a Friday, or during the weekend, are due back on the following Monday at the same time as they were issued (for example, if you borrow a book at 14.00 on Saturday it will be due for return by 14.00 on Monday)

    Renewals

    • Short Loan items cannot be renewed. When you return an item from the Short Loan Collection you will not be able to borrow it again until 2 hours later. This is to improve access to Short Loan items

    Fines

    • Abuse of the Short Loan service is heavily penalised. The rate of fines is 50p per hour or part thereof 
    • If Short Loan items are excessively overdue, or it is suspected that a borrower is deliberately depriving other students of access to a Short Loan item, disciplinary action may be taken 

    Returning items

    Harcourt Hill Library

    • Short Loan items borrowed from Harcourt Hill must be returned to this library
    • During opening hours items should be returned to the library counter
    • When the Harcourt Hill Library is closed you may return Short Loan items to the external book box

    Headington Library

    • Short Loan items borrowed from Headington must be returned to this library
    • Short Loan items should always be returned using the self-service points in the Short Loan and Reservations area

    Wheatley Library

    • Short Loan items can be returned using the self-service point in the Short Loan and Reservations area at Wheatley Library during opening hours OR they can be posted through a return slot next to the Welcome Desk at Headington Library
    • When the Wheatley Library is closed you may return Short Loan items to the external book box