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Borrowing, Renewing & Returning

Borrowing, Renewing & Returning


To borrow you will always need your Library or King’s ID card and Library PIN


On the 23rd July 2019, we introduced a new Automatic Renewals service. From this date, any One week and Four week loan items which have been issued to your Library account and are approaching their due date, will be automatically renewed. Please note the exceptions below: 


  • 24hr Rolling items and laptops  
  • If a loan item is requested by another Library user, it will not be automatically renewed.  
  • If you have a block on your library account.  

Please note: Fines will still be incurred if an item that cannot be automatically renewed is returned late.  

For more information on Automatic Renewals, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

You can also manually renew your books:

  • Log in to your Library account - click on currently borrowed - renew all, or selected loans.
  • You can also renew via the Library catalogue or Library Search (log in using the number on your King’s ID card and PIN or username and password).
  • Use the King's Mobile app.
  • On the self-service machines, via the 'Account' function.
  • By phone +44 (0)20 7848 4440.


Loans should be returned using the self-service kiosks, or the self-returns machine at the Maughan Library.

  • One and four week loans can be returned at any library

  • 24hr Rolling loans must be returned to the library from where they were borrowed

  • Inter-library loans can be returned at any library

When the libraries are closed books can still be returned via drop boxes while the respective buildings are open.

Return drop box locations at the library sites 
 Campus Library Drop box location
Denmark Hill Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) on the ground floor in the lift lobby 
Weston Education Centre outside of the library entrance
Guy's New Hunt's House outside of the library entrance
Strand Maughan no returns possible out of hours, please use an alternative
St Thomas St Thomas' House main entrance of the building
Franklin-Wilkins to the left of the library entrance

Vacations, electives and placements

When you are away from university please remember that:

  • Items must be renewed or returned on or before the due date otherwise fines are charged
  • You must be able to return items that are reserved by other users
  • You are responsible for items on loan to you at all times
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