Borrowing - loans and fines

Use the self-service machines on the ground floor to borrow items or visit the Library Help Desk.

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Borrowing limits

Goldsmiths students

ProgrammeTotal allowance  Main Library collection Helpdesk AVLaptopLibrary equipment 
UG, NCB 25 25 4 1 1
Postgraduate 30 30 4 1 1

These are the maximum number you can borrow at one time.

Goldsmiths staff

TypeTotal allowanceMain Library collection LaptopsLibrary equipment
Staff 40 40 1 1

These are the maximum number you can borrow at one time.

Other borrowers

Type

Total allowance Main Library collection DVDs, videos, CDs, vinylLaptopsLibrary equipment 
Laban staff, students 6 6 0 0 0
Alumni 6 6 2 0 0
SCONUL and visiting researchers 6 6 0 0 0

These are the maximum number you can borrow at one time.

More information for visitors to the Library.

Loan lengths

  • Ordinary loans are 3 week loans with white date labels.
  • Short loans are 7 days or 3 days with coloured date labels.
  • REFERENCE ONLY cannot be borrowed. They have a yellow band on the cover.

Overdue items and fines

TypeFine
Ordinary loan 10p per day
Recalled loan 20p per day
Other loans 50p per day
Laptop £5 per hour

You cannot borrow more items until the overdue items are returned or renewed.

If your fines exceed £15.00 you cannot borrow or renew your items.

You can pay your fines at the Library using our self-service kiosks any time (cash only), at the Help Desk when it is open or by contacting the Library.

Lost and unreturned books

You will be charged a replacement cost for any lost or unreturned items on your Library account.

Students finishing their courses need to clear all outstanding items to access a Goldsmiths Library Alumni account.