Library Regulations 2011/12
- These Regulations have been made by Senate for the benefit of all Library users, and your co-operation in observing them is essential for the common good. They are intended to promote
Please read these Regulations carefully, as ignorance of them cannot be accepted as an excuse for non-observance. By order of the Senate, the Librarian, or any person nominated by the Librarian, has authority to maintain good order in the Library and may exclude from it or suspend from its use or levy a fine any user who breaks Library Regulations. The Librarian may report to the Vice-Chancellor any person responsible for serious or persistent breach of such Regulations: such conduct will be considered a breach of University discipline.
- equitable access to Library materials, information sources and services
- the maintenance of Library materials, equipment and buildings in acceptable and serviceable conditions
- the maintenance of a quiet environment conducive to study
- proper conduct when using the library services of other Institutions
- For the purpose of these Regulations, "the Library" means any site or section of the University Library, including computer areas, and the term "book(s)" refers to any form of Library material or information source.
- The Library shall be open during such periods of the year and during such hours as Senate may from time to time prescribe.
- Details of eligibility for membership, entitlements and charges are as Senate may from time to time prescribe.
- Anyone using any part of the Library must be registered as a user. All persons using the Library will be asked to produce their Library card when entering Library premises and when borrowing books, and may be asked to produce it at any other time. Library cards are not transferable. Other than for stolen Library cards where a Police incident number can be produced, a charge will be made for the replacement cards.
- Users must not mark, deface, alter or deliberately damage their Library card in any way.
- All users must notify the Library immediately of any change of address, including e-mail addresses.
- Study areas in the Library may be designated as silent, quiet, laptop-free or available for group work. Out of consideration for others, users must maintain good order and observe the rule relating to noise applying to each area. Mobile phones and other devices likely to cause disturbance may not be used in the Library unless their use is silent, or they are used in designated Phone Zones.
- Personal computing devices may be used in the Library, except in designated laptop-free areas. To avoid disturbing others their use must be silent. The University accepts no responsibility for such equipment or for data stored. Such equipment may be used to access the University's wireless facility, but must not be directly connected to the University Campus network, nor any other device without prior approval from IT Services.
- Library buildings, including their fabric and fittings, must not be damaged. Library furniture and equipment must not be moved, damaged or defaced.
- Users must not mark, deface, or damage Library books in any way. Any loss of, or damage to, books must be reported immediately to a member of Library staff. Users will be liable for any loss of, or damage to, books while in their charge, and must ensure that books on loan are not left unattended in the Library or any other public place.
- Smoking, eating and drinking (except bottled water) are not allowed in the Library. Smoking is not permitted near the entrance to the Library.
- All users leaving the Library must show all books in their possession if requested to do so whether these belong to the University or not. Users may also be required to open for inspection any bags, briefcases etc., carried out of the Library.
- All users must leave the Library by closing time and immediately when the fire alarm sounds.
- Animals are not allowed in the Library, with the exception of guide or assistance dogs.
Borrowing of Books
- No book shall be taken out of the Library until the loan has been recorded on the Library Management System. Users are responsible for all material issued to their Library card.
- All books on the open shelves may be borrowed except those temporarily or permanently confined to the Library. Books not on open access may be consulted on application; any item made available for consultation within the Library must be returned as directed before the staffed services close.
- Books must be returned no later than the due date indicated in them. However, they should be returned earlier if the reader has finished using them, or by the recall date if they are required for another borrower or recalled for any other reason. Fines will be charged on books kept overdue, at such rates as may from time to time be determined. Books may be returned by post but remain the borrower's responsibility until received by the Library.
- Users with outstanding fines may not be allowed to borrow further books, or use other library facilities until the fines are paid. The Librarian or any person nominated by the Librarian shall have power to remit or reduce fines in any particular case.
- Books which are already on loan may be reserved by any borrower with access to the Library's online system at any time when the system is available. When returned, reserved books will be retained for a limited period only and if not called for will be made available to the next reserver or reshelved.
- Requests for Inter-Library Loans may be made according to such quotas and charges as the Librarian may from time to time prescribe.
- All users of Library materials, whether in Library buildings or elsewhere, are personally responsible for ensuring that they observe the requirements of the Copyright legislation currently in force in the United Kingdom; failure to do so will be regarded as a serious breach of University discipline in addition to any liability incurred under the law. Whether in Library buildings or elsewhere, members of the University copying Library books under the terms of any licensing scheme currently in force within the University are personally responsible for ensuring strict adherence to the rules of any such scheme, and any breach of these rules will be regarded as a serious breach of University discipline.
- All users of electronic information resources must abide by the terms of the appropriate licences.
Use of Other Libraries
- All users who have been granted access to the libraries of other institutions by virtue of their University of Leicester status must abide by the visited library's regulations. Any breach of these, or any other form of misconduct, will be regarded also as a breach of the University of Leicester's Library Regulations.
Users who are not members of the University of Leicester
- All users who are not members of the University of Leicester must abide by these regulations. Any breach of these, or any other form of misconduct, may lead to disciplinary action by the University. If a breach of the regulations or other misconduct occurs, the University reserves the right to inform any organisation or scheme by virtue of which use of the Library has been allowed.
Third Party Insurance
- A third party insurance policy provides indemnity to the University in respect of its legal liability to compensate persons (including students) who suffer death, injury, or loss of or damage to their property. In order for there to be a legal liability it is normal for there to be established proof of negligence on the part of the University.