New service: Paying VHL fines online!

Do you have fines and can’t get to the VHL Enquiry Desk? Do you not have the physical cash to pay?

No problem! Readers can now pay their fines online. 

Visit the weblink at . Enter the amount you wish to pay, and then click “Shopping Basket” near the top of the page.


Please note that payments made must be a minimum of £2, and there will be a 1.5% charge on any Credit Card transactions.

You may also pay off your fines in person at the VHL Enquiry Desk.

Any further questions, please email

Vacation lending and resources blog update

For those VHL readers who are entitled to borrow from the library, please note that we do not offer vacation loans.  Any books you take out over the Christmas vacation (before 21st December) will still be due back after two days.  Please do not take books away from Oxford if you can’t return them if someone else needs them!

Any books taken out after 21st December will be due back when the library reopens after the Christmas and New Year break on 4th January.

And in the spirit of taking with one hand but giving back with the other, the first post is now up on the new US Studies Resources blog.

New Year, new loan policies, and new books for December

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year! We have a couple of new things related to loans to announce for 2009.

  1. Fines: For all our registered borrowers (RAI Fellows, academics and graduate students in US Studies), we are introducing fines on overdue loans at a rate of 20p per day from now on.
  2. Staff Desk Collection: We will now be issuing books from the staff desk collection as short loans for two hours at a time. The books will still be confined to the library, and will be able to be renewed for further two hour periods provided no-one else has reserved them. This should help improve access to these in-demand titles. If you are not already a registered borrower at the VHL and would like to use the staff desk collection, please bring your card to the desk in the library to register. Once you have done this you will be able to check books out from the staff desk collection and place reservations. Please note that if you are not otherwise entitled to borrow, registering for the staff desk loans system will not entitle you to take out any other books.

And finally, the list of new books received in the library in December is now available on our website and LibraryThing page.