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How to borrow a book

Hi there, you’re probably reading this to find out more about how you can borrow a book through Maktaba Books. There are 8 steps to it. Here’s how it works (click on each step to get a more detailed explanation or just scroll down to see the full explanation):

  1. Pick a book
  2. Click borrow & fill up a form
  3. Receive a confirmation message
  4. Get a message from the book owner
  5. Get the book for 30 days
  6. Get reminders to return the book
  7. Message the book owner to return the book
  8. Get your $5 deposit back

Step 1 of borrowing: Pick a book

Go to our library page with all the book listings and choose a book that you want to borrow

The Maktaba Books library page with a list of books for you to choose from

Step 2 of borrowing: Click borrow & fill up a form

Click on the “borrow this” button & fill up the borrowing form. In the form, you will share your contact details, decide on the method of delivery, and place a $5 deposit with us (which will be returned once you return the book to the owner in good condition)

Press the borrow button
Fill up the borrowing form

Step 3 of borrowing: Receive a confirmation message

Once you submit the form, you will get a confirmation message from the Maktaba Books Bot on Telegram

The confirmation message you will get from our Telegram Bot

Step 4 of borrowing: Get a message from the book owner

You will get a message from the book owner to arrange the book delivery or the meet-up.

How a message from the book owner would look like via the Telegram Bot

Step 5 of borrowing: Get the book for 30 days

You’ll receive the book you requested and you’ll have it for 30 days (from the date you submitted the borrowing form)

Step 6 of borrowing: Get reminders to return the book

You’ll get a reminder to return the book from our Telegram Bot. You’ll get a reminder on the week your book is due

How the reminder from our Telegram Bot would look like

Step 7 of borrowing: Message the book owner to return the book

You’ll message the book owner to arrange the delivery/pick up to return the book

How you would message the book owner that you would like to return the book

Step 8 of borrowing: Get your $5 deposit back

You’ll get a message from our Telegram bot to share your PayNow details & the deposit is returned to you

That’s how you borrow a book using the Maktaba Books Peer To Peer Community Library🤓​. If you need assistance from the Maktaba Books team, please drop us a message on Instagram.