The majority of our services are free (for example borrowing books and inter-library loans), but we'll ask you to pay fines if you return an item late after it has been requested by another user.
The books and other items in the library are available to a very large number of people, and many are in constantly high demand.
Usually when you borrow an item, it will renew automatically so that you can keep it for longer.
If someone else requests a book that you have out on loan, automatic renewals stop and items will not automatically renew (see our Automatic Renewals page for more information). We will recall the item and ask you to return it within seven days or by the due date if less than seven days. If you return a recalled item late, or fail to return a recalled item at all, we will ask you to pay a fine.
If you have overdue recalled items or fines over £5 on your account, you will be unable to borrow new items. Existing loans which have not been requested will renew automatically.
To help you keep up to date with your loans, we will send you a weekly activity report and you can also check the due dates on LibrarySearch> My Account.
If you return items late, we'll ask you to pay
- £1 per day if an item has been requested by another user and is not returned by the due date. This is capped at £15 per item
- No fines for an overdue laptop. If a laptop is overdue for more than 14 days, it will be locked remotely.
If you have fines over £5, you will not be able to borrow new items.
If you don't return a loan by the maximum or recalled due date, you will be blocked from borrowing until it's returned.
We will send you overdue reminders and after 14 days we will assume the item is lost. We will send you a lost item bill for £50 to cover the replacement cost of books or other library resources. You can supply a replacement copy of the same or a later edition if you prefer.
The replacement cost of a laptop is £750.
How to pay Library charges and fines
Pay your Library charges and fines online using LibrarySearch.
- Go to LibrarySearch.
- Sign in using your University login.
- Click on your name at the top right to find My Library Card.
- You will see your current fines listed.
- Click on Pay now to enter your card details and pay.
If you have any issues, please contact us on email@example.com or call 0131 455 3500.
If you have been absent from university due to illness or other extenuating circumstances which have prevented you from returning loans it may be possible for some or all of the fines to be waived. Sign in to the Unidesk Self Service Portal and select Forms, then Teaching, Learning & Library Resources (Students). Complete a Fine Appeal Form and submit it along with the supporting evidence.
Replacement of lost or damaged item
If you have lost or damaged an item please tell us as soon as possible. Sign in to the Unidesk Self Service Portal and choose Forms then Teaching, Learning & Library Resources (Students). Complete the appropriate form:
- Lost or damaged book, CD or DVD
- Lost or damaged laptop/equipment
We will send you a Lost Item bill for £50 to cover the replacement cost of the item. You can supply a replacement copy of the same or a later edition if you prefer.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0131 455 3500.
Copying and Printing
Available in our campus libraries, copying and printing are self-service. If you run into any problems, get in touch with a member of staff. See more information and costs at Print Facilities and Services on Campus.
Find more details in our Circulation Guidelines.