Borrowing library books
Borrowing privileges allow eligible users to borrow library materials from Insubria University libraries and keep them until they reach their due dates.
Loan is personal, therefore if you need another person to come to the library to pick up library materials for you, please remember that this person will have to show to the Circulation Desk his or her identity card, a copy of yours, and an accompanying note (called “delega”, PDF file) signed by you.
On the other hand, no formalities are required if it is a person other than the borrower to return library materials to libraries' Circulation Desks.
Who can borrow library books
Insubria University libraries lend their items to both internal and external users as specified in the lists below
Types of users:
- Currently enrolled students
- Faculty members
- University staff
- Users who have been authorized by one of Insubria University faculty members
- Users who come from one of Insubria University's partner institutions
To borrow library items, external users have to fill out a form called “malleveria” (PDF file) which has to be signed by one of Insubria University faculty members.
What can be borrowed
All library materials can be borrowed, except:
- Catalogues, bibliographies, archival material, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, indexes, and general reference works
- Statistical and documentary materials
- Items published more than a century before the moment of the request or rare, old, and valuable books
- Loose-leaf publications
- Non-music CD-ROMs and DVDs - databases included
- Original and valuable audiovisual material (such as conferences, debates, interviews) if owned only in one copy or if subject to law restrictions
- Cartographic material
How many items can be borrowed at a time
Loan periods and the number of items which can be borrowed at a time vary depending on users’ categories and the type of material:
- Students: 7 item at a time
- Final year and doctoral students: 10 at a time
- Faculty members, research fellows, grant holders, tutors, scholars, university staff: 15 at a time
In all Insubria University libraries students can find books belonging to the “Diritto allo Studio Collection” including course-related items which are made available for didactic purposes and are lent to support individual study.
This kind of material can be borrowed by:
- Currently enrolled students
- Incoming students from international exchange programs (such as Erasmus)
They can have on loan up to 5 “Diritto allo Studio Collection” items at a time.
- Students: 7 library items and 5 “Diritto allo studio Collection” books
- Final year and doctoral students: 10 library items and 5 “Diritto allo studio Collection” books
Loan periods vary depending on items' types.
- item’s status in Insubre (Italian version): “Testi Esame 15 gg.”
- item’s status in Insubre (English version): “15 days loan”
- loan period: 15 days
Loanable circulating items
- item’s status in Insubre (Italian version): “Prestabile SCA"
- item’s status in Insubre (English version): “30 days loan”
- loan period: 30 days
- item’s status in Insubre (Italian version): “Prestito 7 gg.”
- item’s status in Insubre (English version): “7 days loan”
- loan period: 7 days
Diritto allo studio Collection
- item’s status in Insubre (Italian version): “Diritto allo studio”
- item’s status in Insubre (English version): “60 days loan”
- loan period: 60 days
Please note that our libraries' borrowing policies include two special loans:
- a 2-day loan (“Temporary loan" in the English version of insuB.R.E.) of generally non-circulating items which - under certain circumstances - can be borrowed temporarily;
- a 365-day loan called “deposito” (“Extended loan” in the English version of insuB.R.E.) for faculty members only for teaching, scholarly or research purposes. Items which are classified as "textbooks" may not be borrowed for 365 days. Faculty members can ask for one renewal only, and if the item is requested by another user it has to be returned for a new non-renewable 7-day loan.
Note that exceptionally, for didactic, scientific or even administrative reasons, the owning library can ask borrowers to return loaned items before their due dates.
Loans can be renewed before their due dates. Please be aware that the new loan period starts from the day you ask for it and lasts as long as the original one.
Loans may not be renewed if:
- another library user has placed a reservation on the item you have borrowed
- the loan has already been renewed once
Loans of items belonging to the "Diritto allo Studio Collection" may be renewed up to 3 times as long as they haven't been requested by other students meanwhile
Reservations of library materials
If the item you are looking for has already been borrowed by another user, you can place a reservation on it.
You can place reservations on temporarily not available items as well. Items may be temporarily not available because they are still in library offices, to the bookbinder's or because they are kept in closed stacks.
The user who has placed a reservation on an item will be notified by the library as soon as it is returned. He or she has to pick it up within 7 days, after which reservation will be delated. Users can place reservations on as many as 3 items at a time.
Users can place reservations and renew their loans online by logging in to insuB.R.E. whose English version can be reached through a link in the upper right corner of the page.
Both internal and external users can access insuB.R.E. portal and check their personal records by using their IDs and passwords. They can thus verify their past and present loans with their due dates, place reservations or renew current loans.
To set up your personal ID, please refer to the instructions below:
- Insubria University Students: IN0100 + students' identification number (numero di matricola) - 12 digits in all
- Faculty Members: IN21 + your 6-digit university identification number. If it is shorter than 6 digits, remember to add zeros to the beginning
- University Staff: IN41 + your 6-digit university identification number. If it is shorter than 6 digits, remember to add zeros to the beginning
External users should ask for their IDs to the library staff.
To reset your password, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or contact your library.
Sanctions and penalties
Loaned items must be returned undamaged together with their attached material, where present. You must not underline or mark books.
If an item is returned after its due date, borrower’s privileges will be suspended for as many days as those of delay, starting from the day he or she has returned it.
Not returning an item 90 days or more after its due date is considered to be a serious misconduct and may result in further sanctions and penalties as it is stated in Library’s General Rules (see article 3).
Users who damage or lose borrowed books have to buy a new copy for the library. If the book is no longer published, he or she will have to refund the library its replacement costs.