Library Services

Borrowing from the Library

How to Borrow

To borrow a book or other item, take it to one of the self-service machines. All loans must be recorded on your Library account and you should retain the receipt which is printed on completion of the transaction.  All items borrowed from the Library remain the responsibility of the customer until returned. Lost books should be reported to any member of staff wearing a yellow lanyard.

Reference books and other material which may not be taken out of the Library have a pink bookplate with the words FOR USE IN LIBRARY ONLY.

The University Map Collection is a separate collection in the Cohen Building.

Borrowing Allowance  

Category of Reader No. 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 20
Students studying for higher degrees through taught programmes or by dissertation 20
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


Any book on loan to another user may be reserved. Items on loan for more than seven days may be recalled from the user. Reservations can be made at the Library Help Desk, by phone or by users themselves on the Library Catalogue. Please note: Reservations cannot be placed on items showing as 'Available'. More details.

Loan Periods

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 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. More details.


To encourage customers to return items by the required date, the Library charges fines which can be paid at the Library Welcome desk or in the Reading Room.  You can also bay by telephone for payments by card. We accept cash, cheques (with cheque guarantee card) or credit/debit card payments (for amounts under £5.00 a 50p charge is made for credit/debit card payments). Please make cheques payable to "The University of Hull."

Fine rates

8 week loans - 15p per day

4 week loans  - 25p per day

7 day loan items  - 50p per day

Recalled items  - 50p per day

24 hour loan items including laptops  - £1 per hour or part hour

In addition to fines and other administration costs, the Library will charge for the replacement cost of an item.


Books may be renewed for a further period unless reserved by someone else. Most books can be renewed by using the Library Catalogue, by email, by telephone or by post . If not reserved, 7 day loans and 4 week loans can be renewed up to three days before they are due to be returned, 8 week loans can be renewed up to one week before they are due to be returned. Please note: 24 Hour Loans can only be renewed in person in the Library, please bring your student card.

Renewing books on the Library Catalogue

Go to
Click on My Library Account - type in your campus UserID and password.
Click on the link to Items currently checked out

Renewing books by email

Brynmor Jones Library

Keith Donaldson Library

Please include your name, student number, the title and classmark numbers of the books you wish to renew.

Renewing books by telephone

Brynmor Jones Library  - Telephone (01482) 465440

Keith Donaldson Library  - Telephone (01723) 357277

Please have your student number and book details to hand.

Renewing books by post:

Brynmor Jones Library

Brynmor Jones Library
The University of Hull
Cottingham Road

Keith Donaldson Library

Campus Connect
Keith Donaldson Library
The University of Hull
Filey Road
YO11 3AZ

Please include your name and student number and the title and classmark numbers of the books you wish to renew.

Returning items

Books may be returned to the Brynmor Jones Library or to the Keith Donaldson Library.

At the Brynmor Jones Library please use the book return machines on the ground floor.

At the Keith Donaldson Library please use the return facility on the self service machines, you can return books in the book box outside the Library if the Library is closed.


Books or other items on loan may be recalled if needed by someone else. You must bring books back by the date shown on the recall notice sent to you. Overdue recalled books are fined at a higher rate.

Library regulations

All Associate Members agree to abide by Library Regulations when they join the Library. Library Regulations are displayed in the Library, and are available online

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