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Using the Study Zone


Borrowing allowances:

All registered students (and staff) can borrow a maximum of 20 items, including a maximum of 2 DVDs.

  • Books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks.
  • DVDs and CDs can be borrowed for 2 nights, unless it is a box set or series, in which case you can borrow it for 1 week. Please see a member of staff.
  • Journals cannot be borrowed.
  • Reference books cannot be borrowed. These are marked with a red sticker on the front cover, spine and on the inside label.


How do I renew my books?

If no-one has placed a request on this book, you can renew your books in a number of different ways:

  1. Online - via the library catalogue here: - by clicking “My Account.”
  2. On the self-service machines in the Study Zone. Just click “Borrow/Renew” and then, “Renew all items.”
  3. Email the Study Zone:
  4. Ring the Study Zone on 020 3040 3768

When I try to renew my loans I am not able to do so. Why?

There are usually 2 reasons why you cannot renew your books. Either there is a request on the item, or you have renewed it twice, which means you need to bring the items back to the Study Zone to ensure fair use of the library’s collection.  Q. How do I find out what books I've got out on loan?You can check what books you have out on loan via the library catalogue online: Clicking on “My Account” will give you a list of all your current loans and their due dates.


Incubatees may use the collection on a reference only basis.


What if someone has the book I need and I want to request it?

Any book which is on loan may be placed on hold. This will prevent any one else from taking out the item once it is returned. When it is returned, an email will be sent to the person who made the request.

You can request books online via the library catalogue: by clicking “Place hold.” Alternatively, you can email the Study Zone: or ring us on 020 3040 3768.

Please note that if your Study Zone account has been suspended due to overdue books, you will not be able to reserve further items.

Inter-Library Loans

Books and photocopies of articles from journals not held in the Study Zone may be requested as inter-library loans from the British Library. This service is open to staff, postgraduates and undergraduate students in their second or final year. There is currently no charge for this service, however the British Library fines for late returns will be passed on to you if you do not return the book to us on the designated date.

Overdue items

It is your responsibility to regularly check your items to see whether they are overdue and respond accordingly. Items may be renewed twice. Following this, the items must be returned to the Study Zone where they can be re-issued to you.

If you do not return overdue items a bill will be issued for the cost of a replacement.

Last updated: July 2015.
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