Book: can I borrow a book?

As soon as you are registered as a user in the library system, you can borrow books with your student card, personnel card or visitor's card, unless:

  • the book has been borrowed by someone else
  • the book can only be consulted in the library

How to know if I can borrow a book?

  • Go to the catalogue 
  • Search for the book
  • Click the blue button Services
  • Check the status of the book (Eg. available for loan, on loan, currently unavailable)

What if the book is on loan?

You can reserve a book when it is already borrowed. When the book is returned, it will be kept aside for you. The borrower will not be able to renew.

  • Click the button reserve
  • Log in
  • You can add the number of your cell phone to receive a text message when the book is available for you
  • Click the button request
  • When the book is available, you will be informed


You can only borrow 10 books at the time from a certain library. At the same time you can borrow another 10 books at another library (there are a few exceptions in some libraries).  

Borrowing books is free for AUGent students and staff (Association UGent: Ghent University, Hogeschool Gent, Arteveldehogeschool and Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen).

External visitors can buy a visitor's card at the information desk for €15.

Do you want to borrow 4 books from 4 different libraries? Via internal Interlibrary Loan ILL you can request to pick them up in 1 library. This is a free service within the UGent network. You need to return the books in the same library. 

You can find all regulations on the library website.

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Last modified Dec. 5, 2023, 10:42 a.m.