Information on borrowing items from the Library.

How do I borrow things?

You can find books using the library search and borrow them by using the self-issue machines.

You can also recall and reserve books for later collection.

The short video below guides you through the complete process.


How many books can I borrow?

Type of borrowerNumber of books
Associate members including University of Hull graduates
Please note: Associate Members may not use 24 hour loan items
Registered students of the University of Hull (undergraduates) 20
Students studying for higher degrees through taught programmes or by dissertation 25
Students studying for higher degrees by thesis including unregistered research students with retained status 40
Members of staff of the University, recognised teachers of the University, honorary members of staff and retired members of staff 40

How long can I borrow an item for?

  • The loan periods for books and other items vary according to the demand for them
  • Some items, such as those contained in the reference collection, may not be borrowed at all
  • The Reading Room contains the High Demand Collection (HDC). Items in the HDC may have a four week, one week or 24 hour loan period
  • The majority of books outside of the HDC can be borrowed for eight weeks
  • Some books are subject to recall if another library user requests them. You will be e-mailed with a new return date if the item is recalled.

What if I can't come to the Library to collect an item?

You can request items be mailed to you if you are a distance or part-time learner.