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Library Essentials - get started with using the library: Borrowing, renewing, returning

A guide for students

Library books - the essential information

You can borrow books for 1 week or 3 weeks. 1 week loans have 'Week Loan' labels on the spine.

Your loans will be automatically renewed up to 10 times. To manage your account, view your loans and check your fines, sign in to Hunter using the login option in the top right-hand corner. SGUL staff and students should login using their University username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing

Renewing is not always successful, these are the main reasons why:
- An item will not be renewed if another person has reserved it
- The item will not be renewed if it has been renewed 10 times already
- You cannot renew any items if you have outstanding fines of £10 or more

Remember! If items are lost, damaged or returned late you will have to pay a fine or charge:
- Overdue fines (per day): One week loan - 20p, Three week loan - 10p
- Lost or damaged items: an invoice for the cost of replacement will be issued
- More than 8 weeks overdue: an invoice for the cost of replacement will be issued

Finding the book you need

Step 1. Follow the instructions in this YouTube video to find the book using Hunter and note down the call number.

Step 2. Use this call number to find the book on the shelves in St George's Library.

All items are labelled with a Call Number on the spine

Books are shelved in alphabetical, and then numerical order of the call number.

Borrowing items

Watch this Vine video to see how to take out books using the self-service machines.


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 are due back.

Returning items

Vine video: Returning Library books

You can return books at anytime by posting them through the book returns slot in the lift lobby.

Items returned through the book returns slot are automatically taken off your Library record.