Borrowing from the Library

How many items can I borrow?

Borrower category Number of items
Distance Learners
PGCE Students
Postgraduates (Taught and Research)
Associate Readers
Honorary/Emeritus Staff
Learn Welsh Students
Lifelong Learning Students
Sconul Access
Summer University Students


How long can I borrow items for?

Item Length of Loan Automatic Renewal Requests
Books 1 week* Yes Yes
DVDs 1 week Yes Yes
PGCE Collection books
(These books have a green strip on the spine)
1 week** Yes Yes
Equipment loans 1 week Yes - maximum loan period 4 weeks Yes
Journals (Periodicals) held in the Library Overnight loan available by placing request on Primo No Yes
Journals (Periodicals) held in the external store 1 week Yes Yes
Theses Not for loan No No
Reference Material 24 hour loan for staff only No No


Please Note: When an item is already requested by another user at the point of issue, a reduced loan period of 2 days will be applied. This is to facilitate access to the material and ensure fairness. Users will be notified of the due date and will receive reminders to return.

*Remote Learners/Distance Learning students can borrow books for 4 weeks. These will be renewed for another 4 weeks unless they have been requested by another user or they have reached their maximum 6 month loan period

**PGCE students on placement can borrow books from the PGCE collection for the whole period of their placement. When not on placement, PGCE students can borrow books from the PGCE collection for 2 weeks.

How do I borrow items?


  • You need your Aber Card to borrow items. 
  • Collect any equipment loans from the Enquiry Desk on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library.

Can I renew my loans?

We will automatically renew your books/DVDs for you until:

  • they are requested by another user
  • they have reached the maximum 12 months borrowing period (4 weeks for equipment loans)
  • your library account expires.

You will be emailed to let you know when your items need to be returned so check your email account regularly. You will also receive a monthly email detailing the items you have on loan.

If you need to renew equipment loans, please get in touch 

What happens if an item I have on loan is requested by another user?

What happens if I do not return my loans when they are due?

  • We only charge fines if you do not return an item that has ben requested by another user. 
  • If you are unable to return your item by the date and time due, please contact us.

How do I return my loans?

You can return books and DVDs using the Book returns machine on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library (by the stairs)

For instructions and other ways to return your loans, please see our FAQ on how to return your library loans

What do I do if a book I need is already out on loan?

What do I do if I have lost an item I have borrowed?

  • If you lose an item that you have out on loan, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • You will be invoiced the cost of replacing the item.
  • Once an invoice has been issued you will not be able to borrow any more items until it has been paid.
  • Should the item subsequently be found and returned to the library, the replacement cost will be refunded.