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Library regulations

Library exteriorLost property

Lost property is held at the library desk for three months.


Fire safety

When the fire alarm sounds, please leave the library immediately by the nearest signed exit. Do not stop to collect coats, books or bags. The History Faculty assembly point is near Lady Mitchell Hall.


Library rules

  • No items may be borrowed without a valid University Card.
  • Fines will be charged at the rate of £1.00 per day for each overdue item and will continue to accrue until it is returned. Special Subject fines are 30 pence for every hour overdue.  Fines are payable for closed days and vacations once items are already overdue. Books can be returned when the library is closed using the book chute in the lobby or letterbox near the Faculty front door
  • A fine of £30.00 is imposed for each lost or damaged loan and is not refundable if the item is subsequently returned; the outstanding fines must also be paid.  Fines will continue to accrue until the missing item charge is cleared.
  • Anyone responsible for damage to books will be charged a £30.00 fine for a replacement copy and may be permanently excluded from the library.
  • No books can be borrowed until overdue items are returned and fines cleared. 
  • Bags can be taken into the library but the Faculty is not responsible for any loss, damage or theft of personal property.  Lockers can be used to store valuables and must be cleared at the end of each day.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted in the library.
  • The library is a quiet study area so any necessary conversation should be kept to a minimum.
  • No photography is allowed in the library without permission from library staff.
  • Children under the age of sixteen are not allowed into the Library except on authorised visits.

Any breach of these rules may lead to temporary or permanent exclusion from the library.  The Librarian may also exclude anyone whose behaviour in the library is inappropriate.