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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.

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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  

Your books will be automatically renewed up to 10 times.

An item will not be renewed if:

  • Another person has reserved it
  • If it has been renewed 10 times already
  • If you have outstanding fines of £10 or more

You can keep track of your loans and fines by signing in to Hunter:

Step 1:  Go to the Library Homepage and select the 'My Account' button in the middle of the page:


Step 2:  Use the 'Sign In' link in the top right hand corner of the page. A pop-up box will appear and ask you for your login details. SGUL staff and students should login using their University username and password. NHS staff can obtain their login by emailing


Step 3:  Once signed in, click on your name in the top right-hand corner and click on 'My Account' from the drop down menu.

Your account overview offers a snapshot of what you have borrowed and requested, as well as any outstanding fees. Browse through the tabs for more detailed information, including your borrowing history.

*Remember* your loans will automatically renew except in the circumstances described above.


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  • If you have reached your renewal limit, the item(s) must be brought back to the Library before they can be reissued to you. This can be done at the Library Helpdesk, or by returning and reissuing the item(s) on the self-service machines.
  • You will have to pay a fine or charge for items that are returned late, damaged or lost.
  • Plan ahead. If you are borrowing books and find it difficult to return them when prompted (e.g. when away St George's on placement) you might consider using an eBook version (if available) instead.

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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 becomes available, you will be notified by e-mail to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

Step 1:  Click the 'Check availability of print copies' link. Scroll down to the 'Locations' section of the item record. If all the copies have the status 'On Loan', you'll need to sign-in to Hunter in order to place a hold on the book. Click the 'Sign-in for more options' link, as highlighted here:

Note: The 'Check availability of print copies' link will usually be greyed out, if all available copies are on loan.


Step 2: When prompted, login with your SGUL username and password. NHS users can obtain their login by emailing Once you've signed in, click the 'Place Hold' link which has now become active:


Step 3: Click on the 'Request' button to confirm the hold. You can also specify how long you are able to wait for a copy, and can calculate your expected place in the queue for the book:



You can view or cancel your requests by using the 'My Account' link in the top right-hand corner of the Hunter and clicking on the 'Requests' tab:


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

It is not possible to reserve a copy of a book if they are available on the shelves. If a book is showing as Available but you are unable to find it on the shelves, please inform a member of staff at the Library Helpdesk.


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Vine video: Returning books

When you are finished with your loans, you can return them via the 24 hour book drop in the lift lobby outside the Library. The items will be automatically discharged from your library record.

Video: Placing a hold (subtitled)