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Short Loans

The short loan collection consists of essential course reading. It exists to give fair access to high-demand material.

Short loan items are denoted on the online catalogue  with ‘SHORT LOAN COLL’ next to the class number. Please request items at the issue desk. 

Loan Periods

10.00am – 1.00pm  
1.00pm – 4.00pm  

4.00pm – 7.00pm

Readers still present in the library who wish to continue reading material already issued to them, may continue to do so during the reading room only hours.

Books should be returned to the Issue Desk before leaving the library.

No short loan books can be issued after 6.50pm.

4.00pm – 10am (overnight)

Most short loan books may be loaned overnight, if issued after 4.00pm, and weekend loans are also permitted after 4.00pm on Fridays.

Reference only items cannot be borrowed overnight.


To ensure that short loan books are returned in time for the next user, the following penalties apply for their late return:

Up to 30 minutes late No borrowing of any books for the remainder of the day and the next 24 hours
Over 30 minutes late No borrowing of any books for 7 days

If a student is blocked from borrowing because of a late return of a standard loan book, they may still borrow from the short loan collection during the day slots, but no overnight or weekend loans will be permitted.

Reserving Short Loans

  • Short loan books may be reserved via the online catalogue, using your library barcode number and PIN
  • You may reserve a short loan book upon application at the Issue Desk, and presentation of your library card
  • You cannot reserve consecutive slots on one item (this includes reserving the 4pm slot and the 10am slot for the following day)
  • Reserved books can only be held for 30 minutes after the beginning of the loan period for which the request was made. Please only reserve books for slots when you will be able to collect them.


All photocopies held in the short loan collection conform to copyright legislation and are covered by the Copyright Licencing Authority (CLA) currently granted to the Institute.

Please send any inquiries to the Short Loan Librarian
Tel +44 (0)20 3947 7578

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