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Categories of Reader

Whether readers can borrow material, and for how long, is dependent on their status in the University and the type of material. For example, no reader may borrow journal issues from the Library.

Items must be returned to the Service Counter or a FastLane machine in the Library complex from which they were issued.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRIVILEGES ASSOCIATED WITH BORROWING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Undergraduates and Diploma Students

These readers may borrow:

They may consult, but not borrow, all other material.

Higher Degree Postgraduate Students

These readers may borrow:

  • Ten items in total, normally from the Open Access or Closed Access (excepting Reference) Collections. Items from these collections generally have a four-week loan period for postgraduates and may be renewed once in certain circumstances
    • Borrowed Inter-Library Loan books count as part of this ten item allowance
    • Up to four of these ten items may be from the Undergraduate Lending Collection. These items will have either a one- or four-week loan period
  • An additional four items with the prefix P-MUS LEN (Printed Music)
  • An additional four items from the Counter Reserve Collection. These can be consulted in the Library but not removed

Certificate Students

These readers may only "borrow" items for use within the Library:

They may consult, but not borrow, all other material.

Students Registered with Disability Service

Noted as "Special Borrowing Privileges". These readers may borrow:

  • Eight items in total, including material from the Open Access or Closed Access (excepting Reference) Collections
    • Borrowed Inter-Library Loan books count as part of this eight item allowance
    • Up to four of these eight items may be from the Undergraduate Lending Collection. These items will have either a one- or four-week loan period
  • An additional four items with the prefix P-MUS LEN (Printed Music)
  • An additional four items from the Counter Reserve Collection. These can be consulted in the Library but not removed

Staff

Monthly-Paid Staff

Monthly-paid staff, after they sign the Library Bond, may borrow 20 items in total. These include:

  • Books from the Open Access or Closed Access (excepting Reference) Collections. These books are lent for 12 weeks, but may be recalled by Library staff. Recalled items must be returned immediately after a minimum seven-day loan
  • Borrowed Inter-Library Loan books
  • Up to four items with the prefix P-MUS LEN (Printed Music)
  • Up to four items with the prefix LEN (four-week, non-yellow-spot material), and in the Dewey range 800-899. These books are lent for four weeks, but may be renewed once, unless reserved for another reader and recalled (pilot for 2015/16)
  • Up to four items from the Counter Reserve Collection. These can be consulted in the Library but not removed

The Library Bond is an indemnity to pay €650 in the situation that books are damaged or not returned. The sum is not paid in advance.

Bond forms are either obtained at the Staff Office, or at the Admissions Counter, Berkeley Library (PDF 101KB) during its opening hours, and must be completed and returned to the Admissions Counter.

Weekly-Paid Staff - Permanent

Weekly-paid staff on permanent contracts and already employed by Trinity College Dublin for two years or more may apply for borrowing privileges.

Weekly-Paid Staff - Non Permanent

These staff may consult, but not borrow, Library material.

Visiting Readers

Visiting readers may consult, but not borrow, Library material.