Although the IALS Library is intended to be a reference library first and foremost, limited borrowing is permitted to many readers including University of London LLM students.
Borrowing from the Main Collection
FOUR books from the main collection may be borrowed at any time during the day for use outside the Library. Books may be returned to library staff at the Enquiry Desk or by using the self- return PC on the 2nd floor.
These books must be returned before 11pm the next working day (or by 8.30pm on Saturday if borrowed on Friday or by 11pm on Monday if borrowed on Saturday) or renewed up to a maximum of three times, reservations permitting, either online via the Library Catalogue or at the Issue & Enquiry Desk.
During the shorter summer opening hours these due times will be 7.45pm Mon-Fri and 5.15pm on Saturday.
Before 9.00am (10.00am Saturday), when the Library opens, books may be returned by placing them in the box provided on the ground floor.
This box will be cleared at 9.00am Monday-Friday and at 10.00am on Saturday and is not available for use after that time. After 9.00am Monday - Friday and after 10.00am on Saturday readers are asked to return their books to the 2nd floor of the Library.
To borrow a book for use outside the Library you must bring the book to the 2nd floor. Please either come to the Issue & Enquiry Desk or use the self - issue PC. The book will be issued to you and cleared for exit so that you can take it through the security system at the Library exit.
Some categories of material may not be removed from the Library:
|Legislation||(classified as E)|
|Practice manuals||(classified as F)|
|Law reports||(classified as G)|
|Digests||(classified as H)|
|Periodicals||(classified as J)|
|Reference books||(classified as RF)|
|Microforms||(classified as FC and FM)|
|Bibliographies||(classified as BB - BS)|
|Theses||(classified as Thesis)|
|Video/Audio tapes||(classified as V/SCAS)|
|Books in need of repair or books published before 1800|
Borrowing from the Short Loan Collection
THREE books and FIVE offprint items may be borrowed from the Short Loan Collection at one time.
Short Loan material must be returned by the time and date stamped inside the front of the volume. Please wait at the Enquiry Desk to ensure that all items you have borrowed are cancelled by the Library staff. The standard rolling Short Loan period is three hours long. e.g. a book borrowed at 9.50am is due back by 12.50pm. This period is reduced if an item has been booked by another reader. Books borrowed from the Short Loan Collection may be used outside the Library.
The books may also be returned on the self-return PC by the time and date stamped inside the front of the book but renewals must be done at the Enquiry Desk. Books borrowed after 4.45pm (2.15pm Saturday) are normally due back the next day (or Monday if borrowed on a Saturday). No looseleaf books may be borrowed from the Library.
Always note the date and time stamped on the label in the front of the item you have borrowed and be sure to return the item not later than the date and time due.
FINES are charged on the late return of all Short Loan books to encourage their prompt return. The minimum fine per item is 50p. The fine increases if the item remains overdue for any subsequent loan period(s) at a rate of 50p per hour. Before 9.00am (10.00am Saturday), when the Library opens, Short Loan items may be returned by placing them in the box provided on the ground floor. This box will be cleared every day at 9.00am and is not available for use after that time. After 9.00am readers are asked to bring their returned items to the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library to be cancelled.