Requests and Recalls

The Library is a shared resource for the whole academic community, and borrowing arrangements are designed to ensure that material is available for use within a reasonable period by any member of the University.

If all copies of an item are out on loan, you can request a copy through OneSearch.

You will need to log in first.

Search for your item, click on the title and then under Find & Request click on Request.

A recall e-mail will be sent to the person who has this item on loan asking them to return it within seven days* or by the due date if that is sooner. Fines will be charged on overdue recalled items.

*During the vacations people are given 14 days to return a recalled book.

We will e-mail you when it is ready for collection from the open access Requests for Collection shelves on A floor. If a book has another request on it when you borrow it, it will only be issued to you for a week (14 days in the vacations); you will not get a recall email. Please check the due date.

Managing your requests

In My Account you can see where you are in the queue and cancel your request if you no longer require it.

You cannot request

  • When your account is blocked
  • 24 hour and 3 hour loans
  • reference items
  • laptops
  • if you have external library membership

Items can be requested and recalled throughout the year except during the Christmas vacation. Please make sure you check your Lancaster e-mail regularly and can return any recalled items promptly.

Recalls

Books and other items are issued subject to recall. The recall process ensures that items are available for use within a reasonable period by any member of the University.

If an item you have on loan is recalled you will receive an email to your Lancaster email address asking you to return it within a specified period. If a book has a request on it when you borrow it, it will only be issued to you for a week (14 days in the vacations); you will not get a recall email. Recalled books are indicated on your monthly account statement. Please check due dates carefully.

In term-time you will be asked to return a recalled item within seven days or by the original due date if the item is already due back within seven days or is overdue. During the vacations you are given 14 days to return a recalled book.

If you have overdue items on your account that are recalled, your account will be blocked.

This block means that until this item is returned:

  • other loans on your account will not automatically renew,
  • you will not be able to loan new items,
  • you will not be able to request items that have been borrowed by other library users.

Please return any overdue recalled items as quickly as possible.

If you are unable to return the item time please let us know as soon as possible by contacting the Library.

If you have charges on your account amounting to more than £10, you will not be able to borrow any further items.

What if I am away?

If you are going to be away from the University you will still need to ensure that an item can be returned on time if it is requested by someone else. For example you would need to be able to post it back, or make sure that somebody else could return it for you.

You can return items by post to The Library, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YH. Please retain your receipt from the post office as proof of postage.