Borrowing from the Library

Information about borrowing from the RNCM Library

Your college ID card is also your Library card. You will need it to gain access to the Library. To borrow from the Library, bring your ID card to the Library desk with the items you wish to borrow. 

When borrowing items with more than one part, it is your responsibility to check that all the parts are present before you borrow it. The Library will not accept items for return which are incomplete.

Borrowing allowances

Borrower

Allowance

Loan period

UG

Up to 20 items books/music

28 days (5 renewals)

+ 2 7-day loans

1 week (1 renewal)

+ 2 Short loan books/music

2 nights (no renewals)

+ 5 Audio-visual items             

  

1 week (1 renewal)

PG

Up to 25 items books/music

28 days (5 renewals)

 

+ 2 7-day loans

1 week (1 renewal)

 

+ 2 Short loan books/music

2 nights (no renewals)

 

+ 5 Audio-visual items

 

1 week (1 renewal)

MPhil/PhD/ConductingPG

Up to 25 items books/music

28 days (5 renewals)

 

+ 2 7-day loans

1 week (1 renewal)

 

+ 2 Short loan books/music

2 nights (no renewals)

 

+ 10 Audio-visual items

2 weeks (2 renewals)

 

+ 5 orchestral sets

28 days

 

Staff/Junior Fellows

Up to 20 items books/music

 

28 days (5 renewals)

 

+ 2 7-day loans

1 week (1 renewal)

 

+ 15 Short loan books/music

2 nights (no renewals)

 

+ 10 Audio-visual items

 Academic studies staff may have 15 A/V items

2 weeks (2 renewals)

 

 

+ 5 orchestral sets

 

28 days

It is also possible to borrow Zoom recorders either on short loan (12pm until 12pm the following day), or a 2-day loan.

Overdue items and fines

The Library sends courtesy reminder notices shortly before an item is due to be returned or renewed. The notices are a courtesy only. Non-receipt is not an excuse for overdue items. It is your responsibility to be aware of when your items are due.

When an item becomes overdue, notices will be sent by e-mail to your College e-mail address. If you do not respond within 6 weeks you will automatically be invoiced for the replacement cost of the item(s). Your borrowing rights will be suspended and your Head of School will be notified. You should be aware that a debt to the Library constitutes a debt to the College.

Please do not ignore library notices.

Fines are charges on overdue items. If you have a fine you will be unable to borrow or renew items until you have paid it.

Fine charges

Normal loan items

10p per item per day

7-day loan items

£1 per item per day

Audio-visual items

10p per item per day

Short loan items 

20p per item per hour (or part thereof)

Reference items

£1 per item per day

Short loan Zoom recorders

20p per item per hour (or part thereof)

2-day loan Zoom recorders

£1 per item per day

Maximum fine per item is £10.

Fines are not charged for weekends but are charged for vacations.

Lost or stolen items

Please let us know immediately if an item in your possession belonging to the Library is, or may be, lost or stolen. We can then arrange for you to be invoiced.

Invoices for lost items include the current replacement cost of the item and an administrative charge. It is preferable that you replace lost items as this avoids your payment of the administrative charge. The replacement copy should be exactly the same edition as the one you are replacing. To help us maintain accurate records and ensure your account is not unnecessarily blocked, please ask for an invoice before replacing lost or stolen items yourself.

Invoices must be paid within 28 days. If the invoice remains unpaid after this period you will be unable to borrow items until the outstanding bill is settled. If the invoice is paid or the item replaced within 28 days, all fines on the item will be waived. However, if the invoice remains unpaid after 28 days, a £5 late fee will be incurred.

If Library material has been stolen from your possession and you can produce a police crime number to support this claim, the Library will not normally charge you for replacement costs.

Please note that you are always responsible for all items borrowed including multi-part sets. If you give parts to others then it is still your responsibility to return them.

Last modified: Monday, 24 August 2020, 2:00 PM