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The loan process

To borrow items, you require a library card. There are special lending conditions for JMU academics and employees.

Borrowing items from the Main Library reading room

Most books and other items in the Central Library (not including journals and newspapers) are available for loan and can be taken away. To see whether a book is available for loan, check the catalogue.

Use the shelf mark to find the title you need and take it to the lending desk on the ground floor. Tip: The shelf mark indicates the book’s location and appears both in the catalogue and on the book.

In some cases, items not available for loan can be borrowed as short loans.

Borrowing requested and reserved items

Some of our items are not freely available. These items can be requested via the catalogue. Items currently on loan can be reserved via the catalogue.

Home loans

Items ready for collection will be kept for one week at the lending desk in the Main Library. Items requested via interlibrary loan will be kept for two weeks.

Tip: Pick up your items quickly – the loan period begins as soon as they become available.

For use in the reading room

Items that require particular protection (e.g. old collections) cannot be borrowed; they can only be used in the reading room or in the special collections reading room.

These items will be issued to your library account as loans. They will be kept for you until the end of the loan period.

Pick up your items from the reading room counter at the lending desk (ground floor, opposite the elevator). Requested items that may only be used in the special collections reading room can be picked up from the reading room desk on the 3rd floor.

Loans from departmental libraries

In general, collections in our departmental libraries can only be used on site. Loan options are set out in the guideline for using departmental libraries

Overview of departmental libraries