Books are organised by subject on the second and third floors of the Library according to their Dewey Decimal Classification number. Books will be reshelved within 1 working day of being returned to the Library. E-books can be accessed online via your University username and password.
You can return books using the Return option on the self-service machines or by using the book return box outside of the Library when the building is closed. (This book return box is closed on University closed days and at Easter and Christmas.)
Books can be renewed online via My Library Record:
Restrictions on renewing
If someone has reserved a book which you have borrowed, then you will be unable to renew it. You may be sent a recall email asking you to return the book by a new due date. If you have already had the book for at least 7 days, the return date may be earlier than you were expecting. Fines of £3.50 apply per day, for recalled books that are overdue.
Books can be renewed as many times as required, if they haven't been reserved by another Library user.
If there are any restrictions on your Library record then the renewal facility will be temporarily unavailable to you.
There may be a disruption in service each morning between 02:00 to 04:00 due to essential systems maintenance. If you are unable to renew your books during this time, please try again later
Please note that during the vacation periods, normal loan periods apply and you will need to continue to renew your books. You will also need to check your Aston email address frequently in case a book that you've borrowed gets recalled. This can happen if the book you have borrowed has been reserved by another Library user. You will need to return recalled books to the Library by the due date included in the recall email notification, either in person or by post.
If all copies of the book you want are out on loan then you can reserve a copy via Library SmartSearch on and off-campus. You can have 5 active reservations at any one time. To reserve a book:
When the book is available for you to collect you will be sent an email to your Aston email account. Reserved books are available from the Ground Floor of the Library and will be kept for you for 3 working days. To try and ensure the prompt return of overdue, recalled books, fines of £3.50 per day apply .
If you have fines to pay of over £50 or restrictions on your Library account you won't be able to reserve books. Please speak to someone at the Help Point on the ground floor of the Library in case of any difficulties or email email@example.com.
We welcome payments of a minimum of £5 from the following cards:
Payment will be taken from your account after it has been authorised and cleared, this is normally within 24 hours. Library charges will be cleared from your record at the time of payment.
Once you have successfully input your card details, you will receive an on-screen confirmation message and a receipt will be emailed to you. Please retain a copy of your receiptClick here if you would like to make a payment now
Fines are charged for the late return of the following items:
You must return items that have been reserved by another reader straight away.Remember- fines are always charged - even during vacations.
Lost items – the full replacement charge of the current edition from a Library supplier will be charged, plus £20 administration fee, in addition to any outstanding fines.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss waiving fines. Fines will normally be waived in line with the circumstances described below, provided that evidence is supplied.
We will contact you, normally via email to your Aston email address -
If you would prefer to receive your reminders by post, then please ask at the Help desk on the ground floor of the Library.
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