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Bodleian K B Chen China Centre Library Guide: Books written in chinese

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Borrowing books written in chinese

Books in Chinese, unlike other books, cannot be scanned into readers' records on SOLO because it cannot read Chinese characters. This also means that readers cannot check them out using the self-issue machine. Therefore, when readers borrow books in Chinese, they can only be checked out at the Library desk. Library staff will ask readers to complete one white borrowing slip (in the images below) per book with their name, the shelfmark of the book (usually found on the spine), title and their college. Library staff will complete a white 'Due back' slip (also shown below) with the due back date and their initials and then insert the slip into the book for the readers' benefit.  Unlike other books, they cannot be renewed online but can be renewed either by emailing '', in person at the library desk or by ringing 280430 between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. [5.00 p.m. vacation] (Mon. to Fri.) or between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. (Sat. - term time only). Library staff will email reminders to readers one day before books are due back, like the automated emails sent out for other books. Regular reminders will also be emailed to readers if/when books become overdue. Otherwise, books in Chinese are subject to the same circulation rules as other books i.e. six books per reader for up to two weeks during term and over vacations with a fine rate of 20p per book per day overdue. Any books in Chinese, borrowed from the CCL Reserve collection (behind the Library desk) will be signed out to readers by Library staff for up to three hours from the moment of borrowing at the Library desk and will form part of readers' allowance of six books. Like other books from the CCL Reserve, these incur a fine rate of 50p per book per hour overdue.

Borrowing books written in Chinese

Readers are required to complete a white borrowers slip (above at the bottom) while library staff insert a white 'due back' slip (above left) with the due back date and library staff member's initials into the book.

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