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Joining and Borrowing


Joining the Library

All staff and students are entitled to use the University Library. When joining Queen Margaret University you are issued with a University or Matriculation card: this doubles as your Library and ID card. Your Library card is valid for one academic year at a time and must be revalidated each year. Cards are not transferable.

Your card should be brought on all visits to the Library: books cannot be issued without it.

Library Membership Borrowing Privileges

Members of staff and research students
30 books, 5 audio-visual items, 3 One Day Loan items (books) and Interlibrary loans

Taught postgraduate students
25 books, 5 audio-visual items, 3 One Day Loan items (books) and Interlibrary loans

Undergraduate students
20 books, 5 audio-visual items, 3 One Day Loan items (books) and Interlibrary loans

Loan Periods

21 DAY LOAN - most books are issued for 21 days at a time.

7 DAY LOAN - some books and some of the Audio-Visual (AV) collection are issued for 7 days at a time; identified by yellow tape attached above the shelf mark on the item.

1 DAY LOAN - some books only issue until the end of the next day or the weekend. These are not renewable or holdable.

Reference (REF) - periodicals, some audio-visual stock, some books, Scottish Arts Council (SAC) Collection and other items such as newspapers and theses are for use in the library only.

Laptops - may be borrowed 1 day or the weekend.

DVD/Video collection (DVD-1DAY) – the Library has a collection of commercially produced DVDs and video cassettes. This forms part of the Library’s AV collection. These items are only available on a 1 day loan or for the weekend. (All Discs/videos are issued individually, not as a boxed set)


The following fines are currently levied for overdue loans:

21 day loans - 20p per item per day
7 day loans - 50p per item per day
1 day loans (books) - £3 per day per item
1 day loans (DVDs) - £3 per item per day (All Discs/videos are charged individually, including those in a set)

Failure to return or renew overdue loans will result in the borrower being invoiced for the cost of replacement. There is currently a minimum charge of £20.00 per item plus a billing fee. The borrower will still be liable for the billing fee if the item is returned. Billing fees are detailed below.

21 day loan - billed when 35 days overdue - £8 + replacement cost

7 day loan - billed when 31 days overdue - £12 + replacement cost

1 day loan (books)- billed when 6 days overdue - £17 + replacement cost

1 day loan (DVDs) - billed when 25 days overdue - £17 + replacement cost

Please ask if you wish to know about other loan types.


Please note these fines are subject to change at the discretion of the Head of Learning Services without notice.


If not required by other readers, most 21-DAY and 7-DAY items may be renewed for a further period. Items can be renewed at the self service machines, in person at the Service Desk, by telephone, or via the library catalogue.


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