AGH University Main Library

FAQ during the pandemic - Borrowing books

How do I borrow books? How to place an order for books?

Before coming to the Library you should check the availability of books in the online catalog.

Books available for borrowing from the Stock should be ordered by logging in to your library account, choosing the place to collect them - "Wypożyczalnia". These are items with call numbers beginning with Roman numerals, I, II or III, e.g. II 223625. Books ordered this way will be waiting to be collected for 10 days.

Textbooks from the Open Stacks (marked with a call number beginning with "W '', e.g. W 76140/4) should be borrowed on the spot, using self-checkout devices or at the librarian's desk. Due to the open nature of the collection it is not possible to order items with a "W'' using the computer catalog. Textbooks from the OpenStack Zone are not subject to reservation.

Books available in the Fiction Library (option for AGH employees ONLY) located in the Open Stack Zone should be borrowed directly on site, using self-checkout devices or at the librarian's desk. Items with a BB-Magazine location must be ordered remotely (by computer). Orders can still be placed by phone (12 617 34 02) or by email udo[at][dot]pl providing the author and the title of the publication. Books ordered by phone can be picked up only the same day the order is placed. The maximum waiting time for order to be fulfilled is one hour. The books are to be collected from the Circulation Desk. There is a possibility of reservation for already borrowed titles.

Borrowing Limits:

  • student - 10 books,
  • a doctoral student - 15 books,
  • scientific and didactic employee - 25 books + 5 books from the Fiction Library,
  • other employees - 10 books + 5 books from the Employee Library.

How do I extend my book return date? What to do if I have exceeded my limit for remote renewal?

If you would like to renew a loan, please log in to your account in the online catalog and use the remote renewal option. The limit has been increased until further notice. You can also call the Circulation Desk (12 617 32 12) or send an e-mail to udo[at][dot]pl.

If you wish to renew books which are overdue and for which you have been charged a fee, please bring them to the Circulation Desk. After paying the fee (in cash or by card) during the opening hours of the Circulation Department, the books will be lent again.

How and where to return books?

If a user only wants to return books, we recommend using the book drop set up next to the entrance to the library (terms of use). 

It can be used 7 days a week, from 6.00 to 22.00.

If, after returning the books, the user would like to borrow other publications, renew the books or obtain a signature on a clearance slip, books should be returned at the Circulation desk (Mon.-Fri. 8.00-19.45, Fri. 8.00-18.00, Sat. 8.00-15.00).

Returns can also be made by parcel sent to the following address:

AGH Main Library

Circulation Department

al. Mickiewicza 30

30-059 Krakow

In this case please enclose your data (first and last name, number of ELS card or library card).
Please secure the sent books against damage.