Borrowing

Holders of current (blue-stripe) University Cards may borrow from the Taylor Institution Library. New readers should register at the Issue Desk, which is situated on the ground floor to the right of the lodge as you enter the building via the St Giles' door.

Please note that fines will be charged for the late return of loans. The following standard tariffs have been approved by the Curators of the University Libraries:

20p per day for standard loans
£1 per day for short loans (including films)

Once the total fines incurred for books borrowed from an individual library reach £10, all fines must be paid in full in order for the reader to continue to borrow from that library.

With the exception of open-shelf reference works, periodicals, older (pre-1900) materials and rare or fragile items, most of the Library's collections are available for loan. More details of confined items are available on request.

Rules concerning borrowing

  1. Books are issued on production of a valid University Card which has been registered with the Library. Readers are responsible for ensuring that the Library is informed of their current address.
  2. A borrowed book may not be lent or transferred to any other person, and must be returned to the Library on or before the due date.
  3. A global item limit exists for each reader category. Within this limit readers can borrow ANY combination of material from the four following item categories: Main library books, Undergraduate books, audio, and films. Each item category also has its own limit which may not be exceeded.
  4. Borrowing terms:

    Senior academic members of the Modern Languages Faculty (defined as current teaching staff) have a global item limit of 32. They may borrow up to 20 items for 56 days. In addition, they may borrow up to 12 Undergraduate books for 7 days, up to 12 audio for 7 days and up to 6 films. Films may be borrowed for 7 days.

    Other senior academic/academic-related members of the University (defined as current teaching, library or administrative staff) have a global item limit of 32. They may borrow up to 20 items for 28 days. In addition, they may borrow up to 12 Undergraduate books for 7 days, up to 12 audio for 7 days and 4 films. Films may be borrowed for 2 days. 

    Privileged readers (as established through the Accessible Resources Unit, Bodleian Libraries) have a global item limit of 30. They may borrow up to 12 items for 56 days. In addition, they may borrow up to 18 Undergraduate books for 14 days, up to 18 audio for 14 days and up to 6 films. Films may be borrowed for 7 days.

    Research post-graduate research students of the University (MLitt, DPhil) have a global item limit of 24. They may borrow up to 12 items for 28 days. In addition, they may borrow up to 12 Undergraduate books for 7 days, up to 12 audio for 7 days and up to 4 films. Films may be borrowed for 2 days. The exception to this is that Film Studies research students may borrow up to 12 items for 28 days from the Research Collection, up to 12 books from the Teaching Collection for 7 days and up to 6 films. Films may be borrowed for 7 days.

    Taught post-graduate students of the University (MPhil, MSt) have a global item limit of 24. They may borrow 12 items for 14 days. In addition, they may borrow 12 Undergraduate books, up to 12 audio for 7 days and 4 films. Films may be borrowed for 2 days. The exception to this is that students on the MSt in Film Aesthetics may borrow up to 12 items for 28 days from the Research Collection, up to 12 books from the Teaching Collection for 7 days and up to 6 films. Films may be borrowed for 7 days.  

    Undergraduate students of the University and library or administrative support staff working for the University have a global item limit of 20. They may borrow up to 8 items from the Taylor Institution Library Research Collection for 7 days. In addition, they may borrow up to 12 Undergraduate books for 7 days, up to 12 audio for 7 days and up to 4 films. Films may be borrowed for 2 days.

  5. Reminders: Reminders will be sent by email when loans are due for return.
  6. Renewals: If not overdue or required by another reader, Research Collection items can be renewed a total of three times online. As of January 2017, Undergraduate books and Teaching Collection audio material may be renewed seven times online. The exception to this is that films may only be renewed twice.
  7. Holds (Reservations): Holds may be placed online for books already on loan to another reader. If, after the first loan period, a book is urgently required by another reader, the Library may send the borrower a notice asking for its return.
  8. Replacement of lost items: The cost to the Library of replacement of any item which is lost, damaged or defaced will be charged to the reader responsible. For books which are not in print, a standard charge will be levied. In addition, a £5 charge to cover processing, handling and administration will be levied. The original copy remains the property of the Institution.
  9. Non-return of borrowed items: In cases where books are not returned on time or when their return has been expressly asked for, or where an invoice for replacement is outstanding, the borrower may, at the discretion of the Librarian, lose the privilege of borrowing books.
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