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Library Rules


Use of the Library

The University of Cambridge Card (blue) should be used every time to borrow.


  • Overdue book AND requested by another reader: £0.50 per day and book
  • Overdue book without a request: £0.25 per day and book
  • Temporary Reserve Collection items (in library use-only): £1.00 per hour


Divinity Library (only)

Fines reaching £20.01 (or higher) at the Divinity Library (only) block any renewals, or borrowing, until the fines are paid.

Institution-wide blocks (your borrowing behaviour combined in all libraries which use ALMA):

  • Fines of £100 (or higher), and/or
  • 2 overdue and requested books, and/or
  • 50 or more overdue books

will block your account at any of the libraries of the University of Cambridge which use ALMA.

You might need to return books before blocks can be lifted. If you have any questions, please contact the Library.

Lost or damaged books:

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). If you have lost a book, please ask about the full cost of their replacement as soon as possible, as prices of second hand books can increase the longer you wait.

Users of the Library shall not:

  • write in, mark or in any way deface any Library materials.

  • let rain or snow ruin unprotected books (please carry them in a bag or rucksack)

Users will be asked to replace books if the book is deemed too damaged!


  • 3x online renewals of the loan length of your user group (e.g. UG, 1 week loans, can have a book for a total of 3 weeks, renewing a book as many times during this period)


  • Divinity Library staff will renew beyond this maximal renewal period for you, but fines need to be zero, and there can be no requests by another reader for this book. Please email

Books which cannot be borrowed:

  • Most books in Section 1 of the Library

  • Books marked as Reference (red labels)

  • Periodicals (bound or unbound)

  • Pamphlets (in closed access, please ask for consulting them)

  • Books published before 1900 (please consult in Library)

Conduct of users of the Library

  • Users must not eat, smoke, 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 and/or excluded from the Library for a fixed period or indefinitely.

Divinity-library-user list:

Any borrower of the Divinity Library will be registered on, which is used to notify current library users of changes to the library rules, as well as terms & conditions of using the library. If you wish to be removed, we will remove your library privileges. Our privacy policy can be found at .