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    Loan department in a library?

    Hello,

    do you think it is possible to use the term "LOAN DEPARTMENT" as the department in a library where you can borrow books? I came across this at the web page of one university library. I thought that the word "LOAN" is always associated with borrowing money - am I right? They also advertise "INTERLIBRARY LOANS SERVICES".

    If this is not right, how would you call such a department? Borrowing department? Lending department?


    Thanks for your comments!

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    Re: Loan department in a library?

    It's fine; there's nothing special about 'loan' that makes it work only with money. But the collocation loan/money is so common that if you ask someone 'Can I have a loan?' they know you're asking for money.

    'Interlibrary loan' is also a strong collocation. However, a library that handles loans (some don't, as you know) is called 'a lending library'.

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    Re: Loan department in a library?

    If you go into a library and cannot find the book you want, you might approach the help desk and ask "Do you have a copy of Fly Fishing by J R Hartley?" The answer might be "We do but it's currently [out] on loan". That means someone else has borrowed it from the library and has not yet returned it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Loan department in a library?

    Out of interest, where was this university? I have never heard the term used.

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    Re: Loan department in a library?

    This seems so strange to me. In the US, public libraries loan books. That's what they do. There is a small "reference" section of books that aren't to leave the library, but somewhere between 85 and 95% of the books are for loaning. I think we have Ben Franklin to thank for this system.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Loan department in a library?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This seems so strange to me. In the US, public libraries loan books. That's what they do. There is a small "reference" section of books that aren't to leave the library, but somewhere between 85 and 95% of the books are for loaning. I think we have Ben Franklin to thank for this system.
    Most university libraries in the UK have big restrictions on loaning books. The UL in Cambridge only loans books to post-grads*. If - as an under-grabuate student, you want to read something in the UL, you have to go there. Other university libraries are less picky! But they still say, to outsiders (who can't take out books), 'This is not a lending library.'

    Of course, this whole discussion is soon to be chiefly of historical interest, if the Chancellor of the Exchequer has his way

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    PS * This is how it was forty years ago, but I think it was the same when my son was there too.
    Last edited by BobK; 17-Oct-2012 at 17:11. Reason: Added PS

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