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Faculty of Divinity



Overdue Items 

It is your responsibility to manage your Library borrowing and return your items on time. Failure to return items on time means other Library users are delayed in accessing items that they may urgently need.
Notices are sent via email as a courtesy to remind you of the due dates and to inform you when a book has become overdue. The Library does not accept responsibility for the failure or delay of email reminders.
The Divinity Library does not charge fines for overdue items. However, if there are two or more books on your account that have been requested by other users, which you have not returned on time, your account will be automatically be blocked for borrowing any further items.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library.


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.

Lost or damaged books:

Any books lost or damaged must be replaced; this includes loss whilst travelling (e.g. on a plane) or accidental damage (i.e. water damage). 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.

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


Renewals for current members of the University

  • As long as no-one else requests that you return the item(s) you have borrowed, it/they will automatically be renewed.
  • If the book you have out is requested by someone else you must bring it back within 3 days.

Items which must be consulted in the Library (Reference):

  • Most items in Section 1 of the Library

  • Books marked as Reference (red labels)

  • Pamphlets (in closed access, please ask us to fetch them for you)

  • Books published before 1900

Conduct of users of the Library

Please note that we expect staff and users of the library to abide by the University Library's Code of Conduct.


Food & drink

  • Users must not eat in the Library.
  • Covered drinks can be taken into the Library (i.e. travel mugs with a lid but not open mugs).

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.