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Circulation & Access Services: Borrowing & Returning

This guide relates to the borrowing polices and library services offered by the Alma Jordan Library at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies

How to Borrow and Return Items

Borrowing: You must have a valid UWI student/staff ID card to borrow library items. All loans are conducted at the Loans counter on the ground floor.

Returning: Items borrowed from the General Collection must be returned to the Loans Counter. Items borrowed from the Course Reserve Collection must be returned to the Course Reserve Counter. When the Library is closed, all items can be returned via the Overnight chute (outside the Main Entrance to the Library). These items are cleared the following working day at 8.30 a.m.


Students/staff who are leaving the University must return all books, and pay all fines. At the end of each semester, the library identifies those patrons who have outstanding fines and/or overdue/lost library books. These patrons are globally blocked in Aleph and library holds are manually placed on their Banner Student accounts. Students can only graduate, register for new courses, request transcripts, view grades, when they settle their library accounts.

Interlibrary Loans (Local & International): Two (2) general collection items for 2 weeks


The Librarian is empowered to levy a fine upon all users who fail to return library material within the prescribed period. The fine for late return of books in the General Collection is one dollar ($1.00) for each day the loan is overdue, including Sundays and public holidays.

The fine for late return of books in the Course Reserves Collection is one dollar ($1.00) per hour or part thereof. Particular attention should be paid to the library’s closing hours. Items due on a particular day and returned via the book chute after closing hours, are considered overdue, since they can only be checked in on the next opening day.

The maximum for each overdue item in all categories is five hundred dollars ($500.00), after which further disciplinary action may be taken. Users are blocked from borrowing once items on loan become overdue and/or they have fines outstanding.

Notices will be e-mailed to students’ MyeLearning accounts, notifying them of their outstanding items and/or fines. Items which are not returned after due notice will be presumed lost and treated accordingly. Fines ONLY cease to accrue when the item is reported lost by student.