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Using Your Library: Borrowing & Returning


To borrow you will need either your Student ID Card or the library app. Bring your item to the Self-Service Machine.

How many items can I borrow?

  • Level 6/7/8 students: 8 items
  • Level 9 students (taught): 8 items
  • Level 9/10 students (research): 15 items
  • Staff: 15 items

Kindles are also available for borrowing: ask at the Library Desk.

For how long can I keep items?

Most items can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Some books are marked Library Use Only and can only be read in the library.

What if I need the item for longer?

Most items will renew automatically. 

What happens if the book I need is checked out to someone else?

Find the book on the catalogue and use the "Place hold" button. If you don't place a hold, the book will automatically renew and it may take some time for it to be returned.

When you place a hold we will email you when the book is ready for collection from the Library Information Desk.

What can I do if the Library does not have the book I need?
If the Library does not own any copies of a book you need you may be able to access it from another library.

Automatic Renewals


Books will automatically renew up to 3 times for students and 5 for staff. As long as no other student has requested your book(s), the due date will be automatically updated.

If someone else places a hold on the item, or if it has been renewed the maximum number of times, you’ll receive an email asking you to return it. 

If you no longer want the item you can return it at any time.

Library Communication


To help you manage your account effectively, the Library sends different email notifications to your student email address.

Courtesy notices are sent prior to the due date and on the day loans are due.

As items automatically renew, unless someone else requests the book or the book has renewed (3 time for students/5 times for staff) you don't need to return the book when you receive the courtesy notice. 

You are responsible for ensuring that your items are renewed or returned on time.

Reservation notifications alert you via email when your reserved item/s are available to collect.

Returning books

Return books via our book returns unit just inside the entrance of the library in the Whitaker Building. 

New: What happens when an item is overdue

  • If you’ve borrowed library items and they become overdue, you’ll receive a notice.
  • Please return overdue items within 5 days of receiving the notice to avoid any issues.
  • If items remain unreturned, you’ll receive a bill for those items.


  • Overdue notices and billed notices will be sent to your DkIT student email account.  It is each student’s responsibility to check their email account for library notices.

Consequences of unreturned items:

  • Once an item is billed, you won’t be able to borrow from the library until it’s either returned or the bill is paid.
  • Unpaid bills will result in a block on accessing online library resources.

Why the Changes?

  • We’ve made these updates due to persistent issues with some users keeping borrowed items beyond the allowed loan periods.
  • Non-return of borrowed items has also been a concern.


Home address

If you change address while in studying DkIT it is your responsibility to contact Registration so that your student account is updated.