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Library Essentials: Borrow / Return

Everything you need to know to get started in the Library

Borrowing Entitlements.

Membership category Number of Items  

Standard Loan  (no label)

Short loan   (yellow label & U prefix) DVDs 

High Demand Collection                (blue label)

Reference Items (R prefix)

Undergraduates 6 items   2 weeks 1 week 3 days 4 hours Cannot borrow
Masters & Postgrad. Diploma Students 10 items   2 weeks 1 week 3 days 4 hours Cannot borrow
Doctoral Postgraduates 12 items   4 weeks 1 week 3 days 4 hours Cannot borrow
Staff 25 items   6 weeks 1 week 3 days 4 hours Cannot borrow
External Readers 4 items   2 weeks Cannot borrow 3 days Cannot borrow Cannot borrow
Standard and Short Loan Items 50c per day
High Demand Collection €1 per hour

You will not be allowed borrow a book if you owe €5 or more.

How to borrow a book

The easiest way to borrow a book is to use one of the self-issue machines, three of which are located on the ground floor of the Boole Library near the elevators and one on the second floor near the Information Point.

There are self-issue machines in Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library, Brookfield and in the CUH Library.​

Scan the barcode on your Smartcard under the red light. This activates your Library Account.

scanning library card

Place the book you wish to borrow in the V with the barcode on the front cover facing up.

Slide the book up so that the barcode is scanned by the red beam.

scanning book







If the book scans correctly a green box will appear on the screen and the machine will make a "thunk" sound. The title etc. of the book will appear on the screen.

When you have finished checking out all items press the "touch here to end"  button to get a receipt with the due dates shown or email a receipt to yourself. If you don't want a receipt press the "no receipt" button.

 receipt request






Remember, if you have overdue books, you will receive an "unresolved issues" message and you will have to ask at the Library & IT Desk.

How to return a book.

The Boole Library has an automated Returns machine that not only returns items but also sorts them into relevant sections for re-shelving.

This unit is located to the right of the Library & IT Desk on the ground floor.

You can return all items here, except for High Demand Collection items, which have to be returned within the High Demand room.

1. Touch the start button on the screen  to initiate the process.

returns unit


2. Place the item, barcode facing up and away from you, on the bed and let the conveyor belt take it in. The screen will turn amber and tell you to wait.

returns unit with book

If you put the next item on the bed too quickly the screen will turn red and the book will be ejected. This will also happen if the book is not facing in the right direction.

The titles of the items you have returned will appear on the left side of the screen.

3. When you have returned all the items just touch the "press here to quit" button.

You can return your overdue items here also. You can pay fines at the automatic fine machine or at the Library & IT desk.

You can return items out of hours in the book bin in the Quadrangle Reading Room. You will need a valid Smartcard to enter this room.

To return books in Brookfield or CUH Libraries, please use the self-issue machines and book bins or call to the service desks.

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