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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


Four and one week loan items can be renewed remotely using the number on your King’s ID card and Library PIN.

If there are outstanding charges of £20 or more on your library record and you are having problems renewing, please contact any library to renew your items and for further assistance.

How to renew:

  • 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: contact Library Services via +44 (0)20 7848 4440 

You will not be able to renew:

  • Items which have been requested by another user
  • 24hr Rolling loan items: these must be returned at the library from which they were borrowed and can be reissued if they are not required by another user.


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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