Borrowing and Renewing

Check Out, Return and Renew

Your university card 

Please make sure you have your University card with you. You will need it for checking out and renewing items at the self-service points. 


Lost your University card? 


Lancaster University students can obtain a replacement card from The Base. You need to pay first at the online store.


 For staff on indefinite, fixed term, honorary or visiting contracts

You need to pay first at the online store.  Click on Read More for information on the times you can collect your card.

External and Alumni borrowers

Please ask at the library information point (opening hours) or contact the library.


Check Out

How many items can I have on loan?


No. of items



Research Postgraduates


Taught Postgraduates




International Study Centre students


External borrowers and Alumni



How long can I have standard loan items for?

Staff and Research Postgraduates

Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates

External borrowers and ISC students

52 weeks   

10 weeks

5 weeks


You can return your items:

  • at a self-service point. Please take a receipt.
  • through the letter box when the Library is closed
  • by post to The Library, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YH. Please obtain proof of postage.


You can renew:

  • at a self-service point
  • by signing into My Account on OneSearch
  • through the iLancaster app

You cannot renew

  • recalled items
  • 24 hour and 3 hour loan items
  • laptops
  • items that have been on loan to you for more than 52 weeks. If you still need them after this please bring them into the Library and return and check them out again.