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University Library

The loan process

Most of the media in the Main Library can be borrowed home. In the course of 2022, several of our departmental libraries will also introduce a lending service with the same lending conditions as in the Main Library.

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

Borrowing media from the Main Library reading room

Most books and other items in the Main 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 item you need and take it to the self-service machines (on the ground floor, on level 1 and 2) for issuing.

Tip: The shelf mark indicates the  book’s location and appears both in the catalogue and on the book.

In the case of media that cannot be borrowed, a short loan is possible in individual cases.

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
As soon as you have received an email telling you that your book is ready to collect, you can pick it up at the holds pickup point (Main Reading Room, first floor). You have to collect the items within a week. Items on loan from other libraries may be collected within 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 Main Reading Room or in the Special Collections Reading Room.

These items are already booked as loans to your library account. They are available for you at the circulation desk on the ground floor until the end of the loan period.

Ordered media, which you may only use in the Special Collections Reading Room, can be obtained at the counter in the Special Collections Reading Room (3rd floor). Please note that you are not allowed to take bags and jackets there.

Some of our departmental libraries offer a lending service with the same lending conditions as in the Main Library.

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Borrowing media from the reading room of the departmental library

Most of the books and other media in the departmental library (but not magazines and newspapers) can be borrowed for home use. You can see whether a book is available for loan or not in the catalogue. To do this, set the "Branch for reservations and orders" to the desired departmental library in the search screen of the catalogue.

You can find the desired title with the help of the shelf mark and borrow it at the circulation desk of the departmental library.

Tip: The shelf mark indicates the book’s location and appears both in the catalogue and on the book.

In the case of items that cannot be borrowed, a short loan is possible in individual cases.

Borrowing requested and reserved items

You can reserve items that are currently on loan via the catalogue. In some departmental libraries, some items are not freely accessible. You can order these items via the catalogue. In both cases, you must first set the "Branch for reservations and orders" to the desired departmental library in the search screen of the catalogue.

For home lending
The media are available for you to collect from the circulation desk of the departmental library for one week.

Tip: Pick up the media quickly, as the loan period begins when they are made available.

For use in the reading room of the Main Library
Media requiring special protection (e.g. old stock) from the holdings of the Departmental Library which are not freely accessible cannot be borrowed after ordering, but can only be used in the Main Reading Room or the Special Collections Reading Room of the Main Library.

These items are already booked as loans to your library account. They will be available for you at the circulation desk on the ground floor of the Main Library until the end of the loan period.

Ordered media, which you may only use in the Special Collections Reading Room, can be obtained at the counter in the Special Collections Reading Room (3rd floor). Please note that you are not allowed to take bags and jackets there.

In some of our departmental libraries you can only use the collections on site. This applies especially to the library locations with smaller collections. However, loans are also possible here in exceptional cases.

These limited borrowing possibilities are laid down in the framework guidelines for the use of the departmental libraries (PDF, 187 KB).

Further information can be found on the homepages of the individual departmental libraries.