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Library Regulations

Opening and closing

1. Details of the hours of opening shall be published posted in the Library and online.

2. The Library shall be closed for a period at Christmas, at Easter, and for a period after the end of Full Easter Term for the purpose of an annual inspection and the preparation of lists of missing materials. The Librarian shall give notice of any variations in opening arrangements.


3. The Library is open to all members of the University. Each member of the University seeking to use the Library is required to register upon first visiting the Library.

4. Other persons who are not members of the University may be admitted to the Library for purposes of scholarship and research. Scholars wishing to consult the Library’s collections should apply in advance of their proposed visit. Students and staff from other Higher Education institutions may, under the terms of the SCONUL or other reciprocal arrangements, be granted reference only access


5. The following persons may borrow from the Library, provided that they are resident in the University:

(a) Undergraduate members of the University

(b) Graduate Students of the University

(c) Members of the Regent House; senior members of the Faculty of Music; visiting scholars allocated working facilities in a Department or College; other persons giving instruction as part of the teaching programme of the Faculty of Music;

(d) other resident members of the University

Procedures for registration and information about borrowing allocations will be posted in the Library and online.

In exceptional circumstances, the Librarian or the Faculty Board of Music may grant to other persons the privilege of borrowing library materials under such conditions as they think fit.

6. No person shall remove any book or other library material from the Library without following the borrowing procedures. Readers shall only borrow library materials in their own name, and they will be held responsible for the loan until its return.

7. Any materials borrowed from the Library shall be returned as indicated on the borrowing records.

8. The Librarian may make certain library materials available for a restricted loan period only, and shall also have the power to restrict the use of such materials to specific categories of reader. Rules governing such loans shall be posted within the Library.

9. Reference, fragile and valuable materials may not be borrowed.

10. Any material on loan that is required by another reader must be returned to the Library.

11. Every person who fails to return a book or other library material may be liable to a fine or replacement costs. 

12. No user of the Library may in any way deface or otherwise damage Library materials, nor engage in the unauthorised removal of materials from the Library. Any person in breach of this regulation will be required to make good the cost of effecting all due restitution. Borrowers will be required to make good the cost of replacing or repairing materials lost or damaged while in their care.

13. A charge for the loan of orchestral sets will be made; the schedule of charges will be displayed in the Library.

14. Readers must return all library materials on completion of their course of study. In the case of undergraduate readers, library materials must be returned no later than the last day of Full Easter Term, unless they have the Librarian’s permission to do otherwise.

15. Quiet must be observed in the main reading room and mobile phones be set to silent.

16. The Librarian shall have absolute discretion to direct the exclusion, either indefinitely or for a specified period, of any person who persistently infringes Library regulations, or whose admission is otherwise considered prejudicial to the interests of the Library or its users.

19. By registering at the library, users agree to adhere to all borrowing and copyright regulations.

(updated March 2022)

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Opening Hours

Full Term
Monday–Friday: 9.30am–5.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am–12.45pm
Sunday: closed

Out of Full Term
Monday–Friday: 9.30am–1.00pm; 2.00pm–5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

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