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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 time they borrow from the library.


The following books 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)


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.


  • Overdue book AND requested by another reader: £1.00 per day and book

  • Overdue book without a request: £0.10


Fines reaching £10.01 or higher blocks any renewals, or borrowing, until the fines are paid. Books might also need to be returned. If you have any questions, please contact the Library.

Conduct of users of the Library

  • users should maintain silence as far as is possible

  • Bags (except for very small handbags), cases, rucksacks and other luggage need to be placed on shelves 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 and/or excluded from the Library for a fixed period or indefinitely.

Treatment of books and other Library materials

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 damaged too much!


Library materials are shared resources: please help us to preserve the collection by not marking or damaging books in any way.