Although the IALS Library is intended to be a reference library first and foremost, limited borrowing is permitted to many readers. Books may be borrowed from the Enquiry Desk or from the self-check kiosk on the 2nd floor. See Who can borrow what and for how long, below.
Click & Collect
We also offer an optional click and collect service: request books via the Library Catalogue and you will get an email when they are ready to collect; you can then take the confirmation email and your IALS Library card to the Enquiry Desk on the 2nd floor and check out the books.
Unless you are entitled to extended borrowing rights (see Who can borrow what and for how long, below), books from the Main Collection are due back before the library closes the next working day. Books from our Short Loan Collection are due back by 10am the next working day (11am on a Saturday).
Fines of 50p per hour on Short Loan books and £1 per day on books from our Main Collection are charged on the late return or renewal of books to encourage their prompt return. Please note that you will not be able to borrow or renew your books if you owe £3 or more in fines.
You will be able to renew books from our Main Collection up to three times as long as no one else has reserved them. You can renew your books online or in person at the Enquiry Desk. You can also renew them over the phone by calling 020 7862 5834 during staffed hours.
- You may only renew the books offsite up to three times. You will then be required to bring the books back for further re-issue. If you visit the library to renew your books but do not have the books with you, this will count as an offsite renewal.
- It is advisable to renew the book early on the day on which it is due. If the renewal is not possible, you will be expected to return the book by the original due date and time.
- If the system fails to renew your book, this may be because another reader has reserved it, you have already had three offsite renewals, or you have a fine of £3.00 or more on your record.
Books from our Short Loan Collection can only be renewed at the Enquiry Desk during staffed hours.