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Borrowing

1. Admission to the Library

Admission to the library is conditional upon the possession of an university IC card or a CPU library card.

It is the responsibility of the CPU Card holders to provide correct cell phone numbers , email addresses to the Library Card Center. You can also change your cell phone numbers and email addresses via logging on Personal Information Registration and Circulation Record website.

Cards are not transferable and loss of them must be reported to the issuing agency without delay. University IC cards are issued by Registration Center or Human Resources Office, and the CPU library cards are issued by the Library Card Center.

2. Circulation Counter

Information & Services: It is located at the west part of 1st floor in the North Library. All the books from the open stacks in the North Library and West Library can be borrowed here. Books from both the Main Library and six branch libraries can be returned here.

New Books & Common Books: It is located at the north part of 1st floor in the West Library. This reading room provides short-term (7 days) loan service. You can only borrow the books from the reading room here.

Closed Stack Circulation Counter in the Old Library: It is located on 2nd floor in the Old Library. You can borrow books from the closed stacks circulation counter. Books from closed stacks can be returned at each circulation counter of the Main Library and six branch libraries.

Closed Stack and Compact Stack Circulation Counter in the West Library: It is located on 2nd floor in the West Library. These books are carried out the reservation service. You can apply for a reservation by searching the Library Catalog. Then the librarian will send an appointment book notice via e-mail or WeChat message (subscribe the Wechat public account of Tsinghua University) to you when the requested book is prepared. You can borrow books from the closed stacks circulation counter. Books from closed stacks can be returned at each circulation counter of the Main Library and six branch libraries.

Branch Libraries There are six branch libraries on the campus: Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Law Library, Arts Library, Finance Library, Economics & Management Library, and Architecture Library. All these six branch libraries provide Borrowing & Returns service to all faculty and students of the university. According to their respective loan rules of Law Library, Arts Library, Economics & Management Library, and Architecture Library, loan quotas for patrons from other schools and departments are only 2 copies in each of these 4 branch libraries. Books from branch libraries should be borrowed at the circulation counters of the specific professional library. Books from both the Main Library and these six branch libraries can be returned at any library.

3. Circulation Rules and Privileges

Upon presenting a valid card, patrons can borrow books subject to the loan quotas and loan periods listed below.

Quotas

Categories of borrowers

Loan quotas

Hold quotas

Faculty

60 copies

3 copies

Graduate students

60 copies

3 copies

Undergraduate students

60 copies

3 copies

International Non-degree Program Students

5 copies

1 copy


Loan periods for general books

Categories of borrowers

Periods

Renewals allowed

All borrowers

8 weeks

Up to 32 weeks (244 days)


Loan rules for books in New Books & Common Books

Categories of borrowers

Periods

Renewals allowed

All borrowers

7 days

Up to 4 weeks (28 days)


4. Holds

Using their hold quotas, patrons can place holds online on books that have been checked out to other users. A reservation notice will be sent to the patron concerned via e-mail or WeChat message (subscribe the Wechat public account of Tsinghua University) once the requested book is available. The requested book will be kept at loan desk only for 3 days.

5. Renewals

Readers may renew books online for many times. The longest period for general books (8- week loan) is 32 weeks (224 days), the new expiration date is 8 weeks after the renewal date. The longest period for short-time books (7- day loan) is 4 weeks (28 days), the new expiration date is 1 weeks after the renewal date. Overdue books cannot be renewed. If the book has been reserved by others, our system will change the date of return. The return date of short-time books will be changed after the book is been reserved. Our system will show you the new return date after the successful renewal.

6. Requests and Recalls

The books (more than 28- day loan) in circulation requested by other readers are subject to recall. Once being recalled, the due date for the books will be changed. A recall notice, displaying the revised due date, will be sent to readers via e-mail or WeChat message (subscribe the Wechat public account of Tsinghua University). The new due date will also be displayed in the circulation record of readers. Readers should return the recalled books on or before the new due dates.

7. Overdue Fees

Readers who fail to return books by the due date will be cahrged as follows:

Loan Type

Fees

8 week loan

¥0.20 / Day

7 day loan

¥10.00 / Day

8. Loss and Damage

Readers shall be responsible for any loss or damage of the library materials.

For lost books Readers may offer the library a copy of identical edition of the lost book (if still in print), or a copy of newer edition (the approval of the library is required). In addition, readers also need to pay the processing fee which normally will be ¥10.00.

If the lost book is out of print, the compensation will be calculated with the following formula:

Original price * 2 + processing fee (¥10.00) + storage fee. On a pro-rata basis according to the number of years of storage) *2

If the lost book is cannot be determined its original price, the compensation will be calculated with the following formula:

Chinese Books: ¥100.00 + processing fee (¥10.00)

Foreign Books: ¥1200.00 + processing fee (¥10.00)

The original price in foreign currency needs to be converted into Chinese RMB at the current exchange rate. Besides, readers should pay the overdue fines calculated up to the date of their reporting. If the book reported lost is later found and returned to the library (not longer than 1 month from the date of compensation), the compensation will be refunded. But the reader should pay the overdue fine calculated from the date of compensation.

For damaged books

If the damage is not so serious to interfere the normal reading of the book, the compensation will be ¥2.00 per damaged page. If the book is seriously damaged, the compensation will be the same as for lost books.

9. Returns

You can return books where you borrowed them.

Books from both the Main Library and the six branch libraries can be returned at any library.

During the closed hours of the library, you can return books by Self-service Returning System (for 24 hours) at the East of the North Library.

10. Circulation Notice

All library circulation reminders, such as coming due, overdue, hold pick-ups, recalls, can be sent to patrons via e-mail or WeChat message (subscribe the WeChat public account of "THU Information Services"). Readers should log in Shuimu Search System and register your correct contact information on My Library so that you can receive circulation notices timely.

Clarification: Readers hold the responsibility to comply with the library rules and returning books on time. The circulation alerts are just good-will reminders, please don't use them as the proof of return.

11. Branch Libraries

Humanities & Social Sciences Library Finance Library The faculty and students of Tsinghua University can borrow books in these two branch libraries with your IC cards according to the rules and regulations of each library.
Law Library Arts Library Economics & Management Library Architecture Library The faculty and students of Tsinghua University can borrow books in these four branch libraries with your IC cards according to the rules and regulations of each library. Loan quotas for patrons from other schools and departments are only 2 copies in each of these 4 branch libraries.
Law Library Economics & Management Library The faculty of these two schools can borrow books in these two branch libraries with the full loan quota.

 

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