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St Hugh's College Library: How to borrow, return, renew and reserve books


Books may be renewed up to 4 times online (if the title has not had a reservation placed on it by another reader). You may renew your books online via SOLO


If all copies of a book at St Hugh’s College Library are out on loan, you may place a request (reservation) on that title.  You can find instructions on the SOLO LibGuide.

Suggest a book for purchase

If you are a current member of St Hugh’s College and would like to recommend a book to be purchased for the library, please complete the book suggestion form.

We will try to accommodate any relevant suggestions as soon as we can, and will look at ordering e-books for wider access when possible, as well as additional copies of core texts.

Using the self-service kiosk to borrow and return items

To borrow items, you will need your blue University card.  You do not need your card to return items.  Follow the instructions on the screen. You may place multiple items in the kiosk aperture simultaneously.  If you are issued a new University card at any point in your studies, please bring it to the Library Office so that we can update your borrower record.

JCR and MCR members may borrow according to the following rules:

Item type Maximum number of items Loan period Maximum number of renewals
Book 20 2 weeks 4
CD-ROM 20 2 weeks 4
DVD 3 3 days 0

Please note that vacations are not counted for loan periods, so if you borrow a book in 8th Week, it will be due back in 0th Week of the following term.

Return your books via the self-service kiosk and place them in the return bin in the library lobby.  The best time to return your books is during the week, when the staff are there to empty the bin frequently.  Try to avoid returning your books on a Sunday evening when you may find that the book return bin is full.