MS 11, f. 220r [detail], New College Library, Oxford
“We are pleased to have adapted our book returns service to enable New College members to return their loans (books, CDs, DVDs, music scores) within an environment prepared in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.”

‘Returns’ within the Library building are available to current New College students and academics.

‘Returns’— bring back your loans by their due date (or recall date)

Our ‘Returns’ service provides current New College students and staff with a straightforward means to return their loaned books (CDs, DVDs, music scores) borrowed from New College Library.



When is it possible to return loans?

  • Current New College students and staff may return books they have borrowed from New College Library 8 am till 10 pm (term time), seven days a week.


How do I return my loans?

  • Return your loans in person, by coming to the Library.
  • Readers should queue to enter the Library, if required, from the New Buildings’ side.  Please use the hand-sanitiser dispenser available outside the Library before entering the building.
  • Depending upon the weather, you may find the front doors to the Library kept open for ‘Returns’ to minimise surface contact.  (An appropriate fire door mechanism is installed.)  Please ensure you tap your Bod card against the silver Library reader at the entrance before coming into the Library.
  • Readers will wear a face covering while in the Library.  We encourage and remind all readers to sanitise or wash their hands regularly (gloves will also be available for readers in the entrance hall).
  • All returns should be placed in the slotted book return boxes in the Library entrance hall.
  • Returns will be processed throughout the day by Library staff, who will wear gloves in order to carry this out.  We shall aim to deal with returns regularly, but there will always be a short period of time when a book you have returned will still be recorded as out on loan to you.
  • To ensure the safety of readers and staff, books will be quarantined before they are returned to the shelves, so returned books will not be available straightaway to be borrowed again.


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