Q. How do I reserve a book?

Answer

We are piloting a ‘Reserve and Collect’ service, initially for PhD and PGT students from Monday 6 July. If you are interested in using this service, and for more details please see our Coronavirus FAQ: 'Can I borrow a book?'

If successful, we will be aiming to expand this service throughout the summer.


As the library buildings are currently closed the normal reservation processes below are unavailable.

You can reserve one week and four week items which are out on loan.

You can reserve items from the Library Search with your library barcode and PIN or username and password. If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it online.

  • You must be signed into Library Search before you can make a reservation
  • Search for a book on Library Search in the normal way
  • Once you find an item go to Location items
  • Click on request and choose the pick up location

Reservation limits

All users listed in the table below can reserve items

 

Four week

One week

24hr Rolling

Total

Students

5

5

0

5

Staff

5

5

0

5

University of London intercollegiate

3

3

0

3

NHS

3

3

0

3

Undergraduates registered with the Disability Service

15

10

0

15

Postgraduate (Taught) registered with the Disability Service

20

10

0

20

Postgraduate (Reseach) registered with the Disability Service 30 10 0 30

These limits refer to reservations made on your library record at any one time. Other categories of users are not eligible for this service.


Reserving one and four week loan items on loan

You can choose to collect reserved four week loan items from any of the following sites: 

  • Franklin-Wilkins Library
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) Library
  • The Maughan Library
  • New Hunt’s House Library
  • St Thomas’ House Library
  • Weston Education Centre Library

One week loans and items from the Special Collections Library can only be reserved for collection from their home site.

To request books from another King's library:

Use the King's inter-site service

 

Items are supplied under the following conditions


After reserving an item

  • When the item is available for you to borrow you will be notified by email.
  • Items are held in the Library for one week.
  • You can check the list of items you have requested in your account on the Library catalogue.
  • Once you have reserved an item, you can only change the site for collection until it goes into transit or arrives at the site: if you need to change it whilst the book is being sent for collection, please ask Library staff to do this for you.

Collecting your reservation

All King’s reservations are held on the self-service reservation shelf next to the Library Information Point at each library. The exceptions are the Maughan Library and Franklin-Wilkins Library, where the self-service reservations are held in the Short Loan collection. Floor plans for each library can be viewed on the library location page.

To collect your reservation from any of the following sites:

Franklin-Wilkins Library: Reservations are kept in the Short Loan room opposite the Library Information Point

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) Library: Reservations are held on shelves next to the Library Information Point

The Maughan Library: Reservations are kept in the Short Loan Collection Room G50 on the Ground Floor

New Hunt’s House Library: Reservations are held on shelves next to the Library Information Point

St Thomas’ House Library: Reservations are held on shelves next to the Library Information Point

Weston Education Centre Library: Reservations are held on shelves next to the Library Information Point

When collecting your item

Look for the first 3 letters of your family name alongside the first 5 digits of your library barcode on the reservation slip covering the item, for example:

SMI – 98765

Then take your item to the nearest self-service machine and issue it to yourself using your library barcode and PIN.

Please remember that reserved items are held for one week only. 

If you no longer need the item, please be considerate and cancel the request.


Cancelling a request

If you want to cancel a reservation that is not yet available, click on the number to the left of the title of an item in your account.

If the item is already waiting for you, or is listed as 'In transit', please ask Library staff to cancel the request for you by sending an email to library@kcl.ac.uk

 

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  • Last Updated May 05, 2020
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