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. On first using the Library, bring your card to be registered as a Library user. 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, 3 audio-visual items, 3 Short Loan (4 hour) items, Interlibrary loans
Taught postgraduate students
25 books, 3 audio-visual items, 3 Short Loan (4 hour) items, Interlibrary loans
20 books, 3 audio-visual items, 3 Short Loan (4 hour) items, Interlibrary loans
21 DAY LOAN (BK - 21DAY) – most books are issued for 21 days at a time.
7 DAY LOAN (BK - 7DAY) - 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.
SHORT LOANS - issued for 4 hour periods throughout the day. Items can be borrowed overnight on weekdays from 17.00 until 10.00 the next morning. On Saturdays and Sundays, Short Loan items can be borrowed overnight after 12.00 and must be returned by 10.00 the following day.
Reference (REF) - periodicals, some audio-visual stock, Scottish Arts Council (SAC) Collection and other items such as newspapers and theses are for use in the library only.
Thin-client laptops - may be borrowed for 4 hours during the day and overnight from 4pm. Overnight laptop loans are due back before 10am the following day. On Fridays laptops may be borrowed from 4pm until 10am Monday morning).
DVD/Video collection (DVD-1DAY, VID-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. (All Discs/videos are issued individually, not as a boxed set)
The following fines are currently levied for overdue loans:
Books and audio-visual material
21 day loans - 20p per item per day
7 day loans - 50p per item per day
1 day loans (DVDs/videos) - £3 per item per day (All Discs/videos are charged individually, including those in a set)
SHORT LOANS -£1 per hour per item
Note: Repeated late return of Short Loans may result in withdrawal of a reader’s overnight loan privilege.
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 an administration charge of £5.00
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 in person at the Service Desk, by telephone, or via the library catalogue.