Rules

Library Rules

These rules (approved for the Building C4 Library but valid for all FCUL Libraries) seek the collaboration of FCUL-Libraries users, namely in preserving and correctly using the documents, equipment and spaces that have been made available to them.

Rules

  1. The library reading rooms are open to anyone with a FCUL card; 
  2. The Building C4 Library is also open to other users, both one-time and more regular users. Users who are not internal users (i.e. not a FCUL staff member, researcher, scholarship holder or student) must visit the security desk in Building C5 to register and apply for a visitor card in order to freely access documents; 
  3. Library users are authorised to use Library items, or their own (personal belongings, notebooks, personal computers), provided they do not disrupt the normal functioning of the Library; 
  4. Mobile phones should be switched off;
  5. The Library is protected by an anti-theft security system. Anyone transporting books equipped with security labels from another library must inform the Receptionist before entering, so as to prevent the alarm from going off; 
  6. It is not permitted to talk, or transport or consume any food or beverages (including water in cups) in the Library reading rooms. Users may drink water from small bottles;
  7. Users may not remain in the reading rooms for purposes other than studying or reading;
  8. Users must not damage furniture or move the desks and chairs from the positions they are in; 
  9. It is expressly forbidden to scratch, fold or damage book or journal pages and covers, or to remove any Library markings (reference codes, stamps, or any other marks or signs);
  10. Non-compliance with the previous rule will result in the responsible party having to replace the publication in question, or paying for it in full, whichever the Library deems most appropriate; 
  11. Books taken out from shelves should not be reshelved, but left in the appropriate box, cart or place (which are expressly indicated);
  12. FCUL internal users have access to a free document copying service within the Library. For further information please read print, scan and copy service;
  13. It is expressly forbidden to copy whole books; 
  14. Copyright restrictions must be respected at all times;
  15. No-one is allowed to disturb, for whatever reason, the silence and tranquility of the Library; 
  16. Group study is only allowed in the proper rooms and provided the groups do not disturb the silence that is characteristic of a library and the tranquility that is required for the normal functioning of its services, and which occur in the main reading room (individual reading, database research, etc.). Groups may not exceed the number of seats available for each desk; 
  17. Users who, after being notified, continue to neglect to comply with these rules shall be temporarily banned from entering the Library; 
  18. The Library opening hours are displayed in a place visible to all, and any alterations to the regular schedule shall be appended to this notification;
  19. Reading room assistants shall notify users ten minutes before the Library closing time.

The Library Board welcomes any suggestions which may contribute towards improving the terms of use of the Library.