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University Library

The loan process

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 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

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 Hall, 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 Hall 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 reading room counter on the 3rd floor. Please note that you are not allowed to take bags and jackets there.

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