Loans, Returns and Fines

How to borrow

All users must present a University ID card, with current year validation, in order to borrow Library materials. All loans are subject to recall by the Librarian at any time. Loan privileges are as follows:

• Reserved items - booklist or high demand items (These include two (2) Reserve items at a time either for use in the library or overnight)
• General loan items - 14 days loan
• Serials - Journals and magazines  

Please note that periodicals and other serials (excluding certain titles) can be borrowed for a period of seven (7) days and are NOT renewable. The most recently received issue of a periodical may not be borrowed. In cases of special need, additional items may be loaned at the discretion of the Librarian.

Types of Users

Type of UserLoan Entitlement
 Undergraduate Students

 8 items (including serials)

2 Reserved items

 Postgraduate Students

 10 items (including serials)

 2 Reserved items

 Academic / Academic Related Staff (UWI Graduate Research Assistants/Teaching

Assistants (non Graduate students) Research Assistants)


 15 items (including serials)

 4 Reserved items

 Other Staff (EWMSC) - 2 items  Reading and Reference (only)
 Other Students (EWMSC) - 2 items  Reading and Reference (only)



Reserve Collection must be returned to the Circulation Counter. The Blue Bin (outside of the Library) can be used when the library is closed to return items. These items are cleared the following working day at 8.30 a.m.


Items from the Reserve Collection cannot be renewed, but items from the General Collection can be renewed for an additional 7 days. However, certain conditions apply:
• Items can be renewed once only.
• If the item is on request, a renewal is not possible.
• Items cannot be renewed once overdue or any outstanding fine on other items
• Serials are not renewable.
Renewals can be done in person or via the telephone at 645-3232 Ext. 5201.


Fines - How to Pay Fines.

Fines are levied upon all late return of Library materials. The following rates apply:

Loan TypesRates
14 day General Loans items $1.00 per day
Reserved Loan items (3 hours; overnight) $1.00 per hour


Users with fines of $1.00 or more are automatically blocked from borrowing. The maximum fine per item is $500.00. Failure to pay fines may result in loss of borrowing privileges and the placement of holds in the Banner system.
Users are responsible for returning all Library materials by the due date and are subject to all fines incurred. Courtesy and overdue notices are periodically sent to students' UWI email account. Users are responsible for notifying the Library of any address changes in order to receive courtesy notifications.

Lost/Stolen Items
Lost/stolen library items must be immediately reported at the Circulation Counter to prevent fines from accumulating. If a lost/stolen item is not found, patrons are required to cover the cost of its replacement.

Hold Requests
Requests for items currently on loan can be made at the Loans Counter.