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The Queen's College Library : Library rules

A guide to using the facilities and resources available in the Library of the Queen's College, Oxford.

Library rules and regulations

  1. The Library is a place for silent independent study: please do not disturb others. If you need to talk to someone, you must leave the Library and talk to them outside. The JCR is near the Library and is a suitable place for conversation.
  2. All mobile phones must be switched to silent, and the vibrate function switched off, before entering the Library. Even silent phone use, e.g. texting, must be kept to an absolute minimum and no calls can be taken or made in the Library
  3. Personal computers must have their sound switched off. Watching videos on computers or mobile phones other than for academic-related purposes is forbidden.
  4. Library computers are for academic use only. Priority should be given to those wishing to search the Library catalogue.
  5. Eating and drinking are strictly forbidden and no food and drink can be brought into the Library apart from plain water in spill-proof bottles with lids.
  6. Only items required for academic study should be brought into the Library.
  7. Desks that are not in active use must be cleared to make space for other readers. Items such as laptops and other electronic devices may be unplugged by the Library staff. Generally, all books and belongings whether the property of the Library or not will be removed from the tables at least twice daily in line with the clear desk policy.
  8. Items left in the Upper Library will be locked in the Upper Library when it is closed and can only be collected when the Library re-opens.
  9. Where storage crates are provided, they should only be used to temporarily store personal items, books and papers and will be cleared periodically.
  10. All Library users must familiarise themselves with the layout of the Library and should make themselves aware of the fire exits. In the event of a fire alarm all Library users must evacuate the Library immediately and make their way to the fire marshall point in back quad.  
  11. Damaging, defacing or marking of Library books in any way is strictly forbidden. This includes writing in pencil, folding page corners, and using sticky notes.
  12. All Library users must adhere to the rules and laws regarding copyright. These are clearly displayed next to the photocopier.
  13. Access to the Library is strictly by University ‘Bod’ card only.  You must not give your card to anyone else to gain access to the Library. Users of the Library must have their University card with them at all times and show this to a member of the Library or College staff on request.  
  14. Books and other items may not be removed from the Library except when authorised using a University card, either by the self-issue system, or by a member of staff. Failure of the self-issue system out of staffed hours will not be accepted as an excuse for removing items without authorisation.
  15. All books are the responsibility of the borrower to whom they are issued and remain so until they are checked back in via the authorised procedure. Library staff have the authority to spot-check books and bags at any time. You will be charged the full replacement costs of any items which are lost or go missing whilst on loan to you.
  16. The following books are confined to the Library: All books printed before 1850; all reference books; all books with a red spine label; all books with a red ‘Confined to Library’ stamp at the front; damaged books at the discretion of Library staff.
  17. Junior members are only permitted to bring guests into the Library without advance permission from the Library staff between 12 noon and 12:45 on Saturdays in full term. You should always introduce yourself to the member of staff on duty. Outside this time permission for visits must be sought in advance from a member of the Library staff.
  18. Other members of the University who are not members of the College may not use the Library without permission from the Library staff.
  19. Occasionally there will be visits from outside readers, school groups, old members and other interested parties. Please treat visitors and prospective students with courtesy.
  20. There are CCTV cameras in the Library. These are monitored closely: any misbehaviour will be taken very seriously and could result in a penalty and/or a ban from the Library.