Borrowing Printed Books

Borrowing books for distant users is done by filling in the online Borrowing Request Form.

On the premises of the Library students can borrow books by showing their academic identification card and external users by showing their Library card respectively.

Before making the online request it’s necessary to search for the material in the Main Catalogue of the Library in order to check its availability. For more information please refer to the Guide for Searching in the Main Catalogue.

In case you wish to place a hold on an item which is borrowed, you must fill in the online Request for Placing a Hold form.

The borrower bears the cost of both the shipment and the return of the material. The shipment is done either by the courier service of the Hellenic Post Office or by any private courier company of the borrower’s choice.

When returning the material to the Library one should use either the Hellenic Post Office (the “Registered Post” service must be used) or any private courier companies.

LOW COST SHIPMENT: The Hellenic Open University (HOU) Library has signed up an agreement with the GENIKI TACHIDROMIKI courier company and has secured for its users within Greece lower fees for its services. Please refer to the table below. The prices mentioned include both the shipment and the return of the books. The cost of the parcel is determined by its weight. Please note that when returning the books to the Library you must use the “reverse charge” service.

THE SETTLED PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Weight (kg)

 

Cost (€)

2

 

6,20

3

 

8,43

4

 

10,66

5

 

12,90

6

 

15,13

7

 

17,36

8

 

19,59

9

 

21,82

10

 

24,06

TABLE OF BORROWING RIGHTS

Type of User

Maximum number of items

Loan Period

Material that can be borrowed

HOU Students

4

20 days

All printed books*

HOU Academic Staff

6

30 days

All printed books

a) HOU Postgraduate Collaborators & Researchers

b) HOU PhD Students

c) HOU Administrative Staff

4

20 days

All printed books

External Users **

3

10 days

a) HOU Editions

b) “Readers” – (Non institutional publications offered as studying material)

c) Literature

Open University of Cyprus Students***

3

15 days

All printed books

All users are entitled to one renewal unless the (specified) material has been reserved by another user.

*Material excluded from borrowing: dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals and magazines.

**External users:

  1. Borrowing from a distance: when borrowing for the first time send a photocopy of your I.D. Card and fill in the Borrowing Request Form. From that point onwards just fill in the Borrowing Request Form every time you wish to borrow.
  2. Borrowing on the premises of the Library: you must apply for a Library Card by filling in an application form and attach a photocopy of your I.D. card and a passport size photograph.

***Open University of Cyprus students can borrow either on the premises of the Library, by showing their university identification student card or by sending a photocopy of their university identification student card and filling in an online Borrowing Request Form. They cannot place holds on items.

HOU graduates have equal borrowing rights with HOU students for a period of 12 months after their graduation. From that point onwards they have the borrowing rights of external users.