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ARU staff and students can borrow up to 35 items, partner students 10 item and all other categories can borrow 5 items, with a valid ARU ID card. You can see details of your loans in your library account.

ARU students are also entitled to laptop loans.

All items must be returned and any debts paid before you leave the University.

Automatic renewals

All items renew automatically at least a week before they're due back, for up to one year, unless requested by another user, or your course has ended. This does not apply to interlibrary loans.


Fines are only charged on recalled items which are returned late, 50p per day, and overdue laptops, £2 per hour or part of an hour. See further details on our Charges & Fines page.

Check your ARU email account for library emails

You will receive an email if your items cannot be renewed and also monthly Borrowing Activity email to tell you when your items are due, if they have been recalled and a total of any fines outstanding. If an item is requested you will receive a Recall email with a new due date.

Authorisation for others to act on your behalf

You may authorise another person to collect library materials on your behalf or to be given information about your library account, fines, items on loan, overdue items or requests.

To set this up just email us from your staff or student email account (or your registered email for other membership types) with the following details:
  • Your name;
  • Your ID number and/or username;
  • Name of person authorised to act on your behalf;
  • Date from and an end date;
  • What you are authorising - collection of items, access to your account information or both.
Page Last Reviewed: 17th August 2023 by Judith Wells.