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General Library Guide: Return

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How do I return my books?

Most books and other items can be returned to any of your university's libraries using the self-service machines. At the Drill Hall Library and Stockwell Street Library, this is done via the book sorter, both located on the ground floor.

Please note that books borrowed through our Document Delivery service must be returned to the Library Welcome Desk.

Charges are levied for the late return of books - it is very important to ensure that you return your books in time.

When do I need to return my books?

You will receive a provisional due date when you borrow the books. If another user recalls an item that you have borrowed, then you will have 2 days to return it.

If you have any doubts about your ability to return a recalled item if you are going to be away from the university for a period of time, please return it before you go.

How will I know if an item has been recalled?

We will send an initial recall notice to your university email address, and a follow-up recall reminder email before the new due date.

How do I return my books?

You can use the self-service machines.

You will need your Greenwich Gateway ID card for swipe access to each library.

Can I return my books to any campus?

Yes, apart from non-standard items (see below) which will need to be returned to the campus you borrowed them from.

How do I return non-standard items?

Items such as inter-library loans, will need to be returned to the campus you borrowed them from during staffed opening hours.

What if I can't come in to return my books?

You can return items in the post, and we recommend that you obtain proof of postage. Please see the campus libraries page for contact details.

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