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Borrowing Information

The library stacks are closed at this time. To borrow items, please use the
Library Catalogue
to place items on hold. This service is not available to community borrowers. You will need to use your BU email address to request the item. Returns can be brought to the book chute in the Richardson Centre, using your fob or 2020-2021 student card for access.

Library Cards

  • You must have a current BU Library Card to sign out material.
  • You are responsible for every item signed out on your card.
  • You may not use someone else’s card or allow anyone to use your card.

Loan Periods

  • Reference Books and Current Periodicals/Journals are for in-Library use only.
  • Back issues of Periodicals are 1 week loans.
  • Books are 4 week loans
  • Most other items are 2 week loans.
  • Reserve and Curriculum items – loan periods vary so be sure to check.

Loan Restrictions

  • Reserve = 2 items at a time.
  • Periodicals = 5 items at a time; 2 of any one title.
  • Stack Item = 5 items in each subject area

Loan Renewals

  • As long as the item is not on hold (requested by another patron) you may renew it twice.
  • You may renew by telephone during library hours (Main Circulation: 204-727-9646, 1-877-253-6765 or Music Circulation: 204-727-9630).


  • If an item you have signed out is put on hold by another patron, it must be returned by the due date.
  • If you have a password for the library catalog, you can place your own holds and check your account. Ask at Circulation for information, or call Circulation (204-727-9646, 1-877-253-6765) if you are wishing to place a hold from your home computer.

Inter-Library Loans

  • Use Inter-Library Loans if you would like to obtain items that aren’t in our collection. This service is available to the Students, Faculty and Staff of Brandon University. For information on costs and turn-around time, check with the ILL staff: 204- 727-7316.

Reserve Material

  • Reserve Materials for the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 term will be made available via Moodle.
  • Please contact Donna Lowe (727-9630) or your professor for more information.

Overdue Material

  • Materials are fined on a per item, per day basis. The fee for books in the general collection is 50 Cents Per Day, Per Item.
  • Reserve materials are fined by the hour. The fee for overdue Reserve items is $1.00 Per Hour, Per Item.
  • If your fines reach $5.00, your borrowing privileges will be suspended. Your fines will be billed and transferred to the BU Business Office where payments must be made.
  • If items are not returned, borrowing privileges are suspended. You will be billed for their replacement costs plus a billing fee. This bill is payable at the BU Business Office.


  • Brandon University students and faculty can now use their COPPUL card all through Canada! Click here to get full details.

Book Returns

  • Book return slots are available at Library entrances.
  • There are no return slots on the outside of the building. Consequently, once the building is locked, nothing can be returned.

If you are not a Brandon University Student, Staff or Faculty Member

  • You can borrow books from the John E. Robbins library.
  • To do so, you must present a current piece of government issued ID (with photo) whenever you wish to borrow material.
  • We will not ship library material directly to you. If you are at a distance and want to borrow BU Library material, you should contact your local library and have them arrange an interlibrary loan.