Borrow and renew books
You can borrow items by having them issued at the lending desk or by using the self-issue machines on the ground floor. You can renew your Library items, if no one else has requested them, in person or online through Library Search | Ketu.
Borrowing Library items
Your student or staff ID card is your library card. Use your student network/moodle username and password to sign into Library Search | Ketu.
How to find a book on the library shelves
Students can borrow up to 50 items for up to 4 weeks.
Staff can borrow up to 100 items for up to 12 weeks.
These loan periods may vary depending on the item, and any requests made subsequent to borrowing.
Otago Polytechnic students & staff can also borrow books from the University of Otago Library collections. Use Library Search | Ketu to place a request on items and collect them from the Robertson Library.
Library fines and charges
When Library material is on loan to you it becomes your responsibility and fines will be charged for:
Overdue items borrowed from the Reserve collection
Overdue items that have been requested by another person
Overdue items that have been supplied through the Interloan service
Lost books (replacement cost + $25.00 admin fee)
|Group:||Overdue standard loan||Overdue 3 day loan items||Overdue Course Reserve items||Overdue Interloans||Overdue requested items|
|$1.00 per day||$6.00 per hour 10c per minute||20c per day||$3.00 per day|
|$1.00 per day||$6.00 per hour 10c per minute||20c per day||$3.00 per day
Once your library fines reach the assigned limit, your record is blocked until all fines are paid. To prevent overdue charges, check your OP email account regularly for Library notices regarding due dates and requested items.
Overdue Library fines can be paid immediately via Library Search | Ketu with a credit or debit card and instructions are available from the University of Otago Library Paying Library fines page. If you have been charged fees for a lost book, contact the Robertson Library for payment instructions first.
Avoid Library fines and charges by renewing items before the due date.
Renewing Library items
Email reminders to renew or return items are sent to your student email.
To renew items follow the steps below:
1. Go to Library Search l Ketu on the Robertson Library homepage and click on sign in.
2. Click on the second sign-in option.
3. Enter your student network/moodle username and password.
4. Once signed-in click on My Account.
5. In My Account you’ll see a list of the items you have on loan and when they are due back.
To select an item, click on the box to the left of the title and then click Renew Selected.
To renew everything you have on loan, click on Renew All.
6. If your renewal is successful, there’ll be a new due date next to the item(s) selected.
If you have made your request from a public computer, don’t forget to sign out once you have finished.
There are several reasons why a renewal will not be successful:
Your library fines have reached the assigned limit ($5 students and $50 staff). If so, you’ll need to pay these.
You have an overdue item that someone has requested from you. Check your student/staff email for library notices.
Some items can’t be requested such as theses, items in the Reserve and Teaching Support collections and reference/not for loan items.