Borrowing Allowance

Category of ReaderNo. 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


Any itemmay be reserved. Items on loan for more than seven days may be recalled from the user. Reservations can be made via the Library Catalogue or by phone.

When searching the library catalogue you will see a button at the top of the screen that says ‘Request item.’ Click on this link and complete the form with your user ID and password.  When the item is ready for collection it will be placed on the ‘Reserved Items’ shelf in the Reading Room, filed under your surname/family name. When you receive the email to say your item is ready to collect just go along to the Reading Room, find your item then issue it using the self-service terminal.

Requests received before 10am will be available to collect from noon and those received before 3pm will be available from 5pm for collection, 7 days of the week.

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 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. 

Renewals Allowance  

You can renew books unless they are reserved by someone else. You can renew your books online, by phoneemail or post. 24 hour loans must be renewed in the Library.

Loan TypeBefore due date
7 day  3 days
4 weeks 3 days
8 weeks 1 week
24 Hour In person


ItemFine Rate
8 week loans 15p per day
4 week loans 25p per day
7 day loans 50p per day
Recalled items 50p per day
24 hour loan items including laptops £1 per hour or part hour


You can pay fines at the Library Welcome desk or in the Reading Room. You can also pay by telephone for payments by card. We accept cash or credit/debit card payments.

The Library may also charge for the replacement cost of an item if lost or damaged.


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.