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Library Rules

These Library Rules were last updated, and approved by the Learning Resources Committee in Lent Term 2016.


Use of the Library

Any current member of the University of Cambridge may register with the Divinity Library using their University Card. Every borrower will need to complete a registration form.

Opening Hours

The Library will be open to users at hours determined by the Librarian in consultation with the Learning Resources Committee.


Books may be borrowed under regulations which are determined by the Learning Resources Committee. Books in Section 1 of the Library, books marked as Reference, periodicals, pamphlets and books published before 1900 may be used in the Library, but may not be borrowed except by permission of the Librarian. Any books lost or damaged need to be replaced by the person who has borrowed them; this includes loss whilst travelling (e.g. on a plane).


Fines are accrued on overdue books at rates determined by the Learning Resources Committee. Fines reaching £5.01 or higher will result in your account being blocked, which means that books cannot be renewed, or borrowed any more.

Conduct of users of the Library

Whilst using the Library, users should maintain silence as far as is possible. Bags (except for very small handbags), cases, rucksacks and other luggage may not be brought into the Library, but must be placed on shelving opposite the Issue Desk. Users must not eat, smoke, drink or light a fire in the Library. Bottled water can be taken into the Library.

Theft and Borrowing

It is a serious offence to steal books or other material or to borrow them without checking them out. Any offender shall be fined (up to a level determined by the Learning Resources Committee) and/or excluded from the Library for a fixed period or indefinitely as decided by the Librarian. There is a right of appeal to the Learning Resources Committee. If a substantial number of books are found to be missing or stolen at any time, the Librarian will have authority to close the Library to all users for a period of time. This decision will be reported to the next meeting of the Faculty Board, who shall then determine subsequent action. Tutors will be informed of serious offenders.

Treatment of books and other Library materials

Users of the Library shall not write in, mark or in any way deface Library books or other Library materials. Offenders shall be liable to a fine determined by the Librarian up to a level decided by the Learning Resources Committee. Users who lose or damage books shall be liable for the full cost of their replacement. The reader to whom the book is issued to is responsible for the book until its return. Books whilst borrowed must be protected from inclement weather and all other hazards. Library materials are shared resources: please help us to preserve the collection by not marking or damaging books in any way.