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Durham University

University Library

Loan periods and charges

How many items may I borrow from the Library?

Staff, Academics, Research Postgraduates 40

Taught Postgraduates 30

Undergraduates 20

International Study Centre borrowers, Associate & subscription borrowers 7

How long can I borrow items for and what are the charges for returning items late?

Loan periods and charges for late return vary for different categories of user and item types.

Loan type

Library user

Loan period

Charges for late return

Short loan items

Undergraduates, Postgraduates, International Study Centre borrowers and University staff

4 hours or overnight

£1.00 per item per hour for Short Loan Collection items, study room keys, laptop loans, laptop power packs, mini mice & headphones packs.

Please note that Short loan items cannot be renewed.

Disability Support registered users

24 hours for Short Loan Collection items only.

3 day loan

Undergraduates, Postgraduates, University staff, International Study Centre borrowers, Associate and Subscription borrowers

3 days

£1.00 per item per day

Disability Support registered users

5 days, except when there is already a following hold at the time of borrowing.

One week loan


7 days

20p per item per day

Standard loan

Undergraduates, International Study Centre borrowers, Associate and Subscription borrowers

21 days

20p per day, or £1.00 per day on recalled items.

Taught Postgraduates

90 days

Staff, Academics and Research Postgraduates

6 months

Please check your library record for the exact due dates of all your items to ensure your items do not become overdue.

ALL standard loans, whether borrowed during term time or vacation, are subject to recall. Such items must be returned to the Library earlier than the original due date as they are required by another user. Users are informed of recalls and revised due dates by email. You must return ALL items to the library from where you borrowed them.

Fines are incurred on any overdue item. To avoid fines return or renew your books in time. Books can be renewed online via your account unless reserved by another user.

Fines on items which you have borrowed from the Library will continue to accrue on your borrowing record, increasing daily or hourly, until the items are returned or renewed, when the fines are added to your Library account. The maximun fine will be £20:00 per item. Unpaid fines and overdue books may result in the withdrawal of borrowing rights. When your account balance reaches £10.00, or you receive a second overdue reminder, your record will be blocked and you will be prevented from borrowing, renewing items or placing a reservation. An invoice for the amount and/or books owed, will be sent if debts are not cleared promptly. A further processing charge for the invoiced items will be incurred.Small fines over £1 may be paid online or in person at the library. If you are having difficulties returning items, please contact the library.

How can I pay off charges on my library account?

If you wish to pay any fines on returned or renewed books please also log in to your library record.

Please Note

Information on this page relates to the 2019-20 academic year