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Borrowing books

Step 1:  Run a search in Hunter and note down the call number (see above), use this call number to find the book on the shelves in St George's Library. Books are shelved in alphabetical, and then numerical order of the call number.

match call number to the shelf

Step 2:  Take out the books you want using the self-service machines in the Library.

borrow books using the self service machines

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Vine video: Using the self-service machines to borrow books


1. Press the 'issue' button on the screen.

2. Scan the barcode on your ID card.

3. Place each book in the table, and wait for a clunking noise.

4. When you are finished, press 'Print receipt' or 'E-mail receipt' to find out when the books due back.

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Renewing books

How do I renew books?

Renewing books  

You can renew books online by using the Library Catalogue.

Step 1:  Go to the Library Catalogue page and select the 'My Record' link


Step 2:  Select 'Renew my loans'


Step 3: Type in the 10 digit number on your ID card (the number underneath the barcode).

Step 4:  This new page will tell you what books you have out, when they are due back, and how many times you have renewed them already. Select the items that you want to renew and click 'Renew selected items'.

You should now get a page telling you what items have been renewed.

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  • You can renew items online up to 10 times before they have to come back into the library to be returned or reissued; make sure to check if you can still renew it.
  • If someone puts a hold on something that you have borrowed, you will not be able to renew it. 
  • You will have to pay a fine or charge for items that are returned late, damaged or lost.
  • You cannot renew any items if you have outstanding fines of £10 or over.

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Placing a hold on a book

How do I place holds on a book?


Placing a hold on a book

If all copies of the book that you want are out on loan, you can place a hold on that book. When a copy of that book becomes available, you will be notified by e-mail to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

Step 1:  When you're searching for a book, the item's detail page will tell you if there are any copies available. If there are none available, click on the 'Place Hold' link.

Step 2: Type in the 10 digit number on your ID card (the one underneath the barcode), when prompted on the next page.

Note: Collect reservations at the Library Helpdesk during staffed hours. Books are held in reservation for 7 days, after which they will either be returned to the shelves or reserved for the next person on the holds list.

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Video: Placing holds

Vine video: Returning books

You can return your books via the 24 hour book drop in the lift lobby outside the Library, 1st Floor Hunter wing.