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Universities at Medway students are entitled to borrow a total of 20 items on their library account. Most items can be issued on our self-service machines, but certain items (such as inter-library loans, dissertations and study loans) will need to be collected from the Welcome Desk and issued to you by the staff there.

Many items are four week loans. Others are identified as 7-day loans. Some items are for reference, which means that they can only be used in the library where they are located.

All items on our shelves are listed on our catalogue. For details of how to use it, see the information on using the library catalogue.


If you have not finished with an item by the time it is due back to the library, you may be able to renew it to enable you to keep it for a longer period of time. Items can be renewed up to 50 times under normal circumstances - you will not be able to renew items if they have been reserved by another user or if your account has been blocked (for instance, if you have more than £20 owing).

You can renew loans using your student ID card, unless another borrower has reserved the item. Renew your loans using the self-service kiosks or My Library Account. For more information see our guide to Renewing Books Online or watch the short video above.

Loans may be recalled if they are needed by another reader; please return these reserved books as soon as you can as you won't be able to renew them. When one of the books you have on loan is reserved, we will email you to inform you. You can use My Account on the library catalogue to see your current loans. It is your responsibility to keep track of what you borrow, but ask staff if you need any help with this.

Some items, such as Document Supply items, will need to be renewed in person at the Welcome Desk - this will need to be between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. In the case of items borrowed from other libraries, renewals are at the discretion of the library that loaned the item to us.



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