Bay Library: more of your questions

In a follow up to our blog on Monday, here are a few questions you’ve been asking about borrowing books.

How long can you borrow books for?

Loan periods vary depending on how popular we think a book will be. A normal loan period is two weeks, but you will also see books which are issued for one week or even one day at a time. Books which are very much in demand may be for reference use only so you won’t be able to borrow them, but you can use them in the library.

Your books will usually be renewed for you automatically. Your books won’t be renewed if someone else has requested them. We will email you to tell you if you need to return a book so that someone else can borrow it. Remember to check your student email regularly as you may be fined if we ask you to return a book and you bring it back late.

There is more information about loan periods and automatic renewals on our website.

Can you check if your book has been renewed online?

Yes you can! You can check how many books you have on loan and look at the latest due dates by signing in to iFind and checking My Account (you’ll find these options at the top right of the iFind screen). You can also renew your books yourself on iFind, as long as no one else has requested them.

Why are some books only one night loan?

When a book is in high demand, we may have some copies which are restricted to a one night loan. This allows more people to borrow the book that they need.

Please note, books which are on a one night loan will not be renewed automatically so you will need to return them to the library the day after you borrow them.

How much are the fines?

Fines vary depending on the loan category of the book – the shorter the loan category, the higher the fine! Book fines range from 20p per day to £1.50 per day. You’ll find full details about fines and overdue loans on our website.

Can you request a specific book to be ordered in? / What do I do if the library doesn’t have the book I want?

Please let us know if you can’t find the book you need. Ask at the Information Desk, email us at or you’ll find a link to Suggest a Book on our School of Management library guide.

Is there any way to get books sent to HSV (Hendrefoelan Student Village) library?

Yes. There’s a van service that operates Monday-Friday between Bay Library, Singleton Park Library and South Wales Miners’ Library (which is the library at Hendrefoelan Student Village). Sign in to iFind and click the Library link under the details for the book you want. This will show you a Request option which lets you reserve books which are out on loan and ask for books to be sent to a different library for collection. As Swansea University students, you can borrow from any of the three libraries, though most of the material you need will be here at Bay Library.

When you’re ready to return your books, you can return them to Bay Library, Singleton Park Library or South Wales Miners’ Library. We’ll make sure they get back to the right place!


The Request option appears under the book details when you sign in to iFind



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