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STL Law Library 法律图书馆: Library Polices

Circulation Policies at STL Law Library

Based on the policies of Peking University Library and the University Town Library, and in consideration of the current situation of the School of Transnational Law, the policies and procedures on book circulation in the Peking University School of Transnational Law Library are hereby announced.

Most of the books in our Law Library are purchased overseas, and, therefore, are comparatively expensive. Students who are using these books should respect them. Please DO NOT write or doodle on them and always handle them with care.

Identification and Borrowing Privileges

All library users must present a valid identification card to access the collections. STL students, faculty, and staff must present their University ID card, with current academic year validation, in order to borrow materials from the Library. All STL faculty, staff, and students are eligible to borrow books and other material from the STL law library. Other readers may only use library materials in the Law Library.

General Collection Loan Periods

A. Scholarly Books 

The loan period is for 31 days, which can be renewed for an additional 31 day period. Readers must return books within one week after the holiday if the loan period ends during the summer or winter holidays.

Loan periods vary in different collections and by borrower status. Usually, a student is allowed to borrow up to 5 scholarly books at a time. A faculty or staff is allowed to borrow up to 10 scholarly books at a time. All materials are subject to being recalled if needed for Reserve or if requested by another borrower.

B. Student Study Aids

Study Aids collections at STL Law Library do not circulate. And can only be used in the library.

Reference Collection Loan Periods

A. Textbooks

A student is allowed to borrow up to 8 textbooks (books assigned by a faculty member for a STL course) with a maximum loan period of the course term. For some textbooks on reserve, the loan period is 4 hours or 1 day. Please contact our librarians to confirm the loan period to which you are entitled.

B. Dictionaries, treaties, and other specified reference materials

Dictionaries, treatises, and other specified reference materials at STL Law Library do not circulate. And can only be used in the law library. Some examples of materials that do NOT circulate are reference books, case reporters, and codes.

Fines and Lost Book Fees

Borrowers are subject to fines for the late return of library books and other materials.

For non-reserve items, these fines are 1.00 RMB per item per day.

Reserve fines, where applicable, are higher; consult our librarians for more information.

Books due during the winter or summer vacation should be returned within one week after the following semester begins. If one fails to return books within this time period, he/she will be fined from the original expiration date.

Unpaid fines of 10.00 RMB or more will result in the suspension of the patron’s borrowing privileges. Library fines can be paid at Circulation desk.                                                                                                                                               

Lost Book Fees

If a book is lost, the borrower of the book should report the loss to the librarian immediately. The borrowers may cover the loss with a new book of the same edition (or a new edition replacement after agreement) in addition to the processing fee of RMB20 per volume.

Replacement and an additional processing fee should be paid within one month, during which the borrowing privilege will be suspended. If the same edition replacement (or a new edition book after agreement) could not be made in time, payment of fines should be made according to the standards below:

For Foreign language books and other books purchased outside of China, these fines are: replacement price+ customs fee + a standard processing fee of 20.00 RMB.

For Chinese language books, you will be billed for 3 times of the original price and a standard processing fee of 20.00 RMB.

A whole set of books with one or more volumes lost should be compensated with the price for the whole set and the remainder of the books should not be demanded after payment.

Students cannot borrow any other books while they have an outstanding balance of fines or fees of 10.00RMB or more.

Please consult with a circulation supervisor concerning lost items.

Damages

Users who mark, damage or stain the library materials will be subject to a fine from RMB5 to RMB20 for each page according to seriousness of his violation. Books damaged or marked to the extent that readers have difficulty reading the item should be compensated at the actual price. Users who mark, damage or stain any rare book will be punished according to the regulations on preservation of cultural relics.

If a book is too damaged to reuse, it will be treated as a book loss. The patron will be billed for its replacement cost. Please see the “Lost Book Fees” section to pay the fine.

Users who seriously damage library materials and are uncooperative will have his readers' card borrowing privileges suspended from 6 months to 12 months at the sole discretion of the librarian.

The determination of the usability of the book is at the sole discretion of the librarian. Please consult with a circulation supervisor concerning damaged items.

Standard of Conduct and Penalties

If a patron is found stealing or destroying books, he/she will be punished pursuant to the related provisions in the Graduate Student Code of Conduct of Peking University.

The library reserves the right to inspect the bags or other belongings of any patron upon exiting the Library.

All final explanation rights belong to the Law Library of the School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen.

Rules and Regulations of the STL Law Library

 1. Conduct that disturbs other Library patrons or interferes with Library activities is prohibited.

This includes, without limitation, excessive noise (including noise generated by audio equipment and electronic communication devices), verbal abuse, threats of violence, harassment, sexual harassment, use of electronic devices or other activities that interfere with the activities of Library staff and patrons. Mobile phone conversations are prohibited in the Law Library. Patrons must set mobile phones to non-audible signals.

2. Removing or attempting to remove Library materials, equipment or property without checkout or other official Library authorization is prohibited.

By entering the Library, patrons agree to pass through a security system at the exit and have hand-carried items, backpacks, etc., inspected before leaving the Library. In addition, deliberate misplacement or concealment of Library materials is prohibited.

3.Abuse of materials, facilities, and equipment is prohibited.

Damaging Library materials by marking or removing pages or other destructive activities towards equipment or facilities are considered acts of vandalism and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

4.For the protection of Library materials, food is not permitted in the Library. However, non-alcoholic beverages in a spill-proof container are permitted.

5.Patrons may use the reading tables, study carrels and study rooms for active study and research only.

Patrons are not permitted to occupy library space for long periods of time other than for active study and research. Any material left idle for more than 60 minutes will be confiscated and the space released to another patron.

6.Peking University faculty and staff only may reserve group study space for groups of 2 or more patrons present in the space at the same time. A reservation shall not exceed three hours per day.

7.Attire appropriate to a public building is required.

8.Patrons should not leave personal items unattended.

The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen personal articles. The Law Library is open to visitors to the Peking University Shenzhen campus. Patrons should therefore exercise care in protecting their personal items.

9.Children are not permitted to be left unattended in the Law Library.

Adults accompanying children in the library are responsible for the children’s conduct, as well as for any damage or disturbance caused by the child.

10.Smoking and use of all tobacco products is prohibited in the Library.

11. All patrons must abide by the posted hour

No patrons are permitted in the Library before opening time or after closing time.

12.The Library computers are for research purposes only.

13.No animals are allowed in the Library except those that assist people with disabilities.

14.Sleeping in the Library is prohibited.

15.All patrons must leave the Library during emergency drills or evacuations. Emergency exits may be used only   during such drills or evacuations.

16.Entrance to the Library is restricted to persons with a valid Peking University identification card.

Persons seeking entrance to the Library must display a valid Peking University identification card to Library personnel or a security/law        enforcement officer prior to being granted admission to the Library

17.No solicitation is permitted in the Library.

When directed, patrons shall follow any and all instructions of the librarians and library staff.

Enforcement and Penalties

Enforcement of library policies is at the sole discretion of the librarian or his/her designee. Penalties for violation of library policies may include, without limitation, imposition of fines, suspension of library privileges, or permanent ban from the Library premises.

STL Law Library Textbook Circulation Policy

Non-Circulating Material Procedures

The STL Law Library provides textbook services for STL students and faculty members. To meet the needs of our users, the textbook materials provided by STL library are divided into printed materials and electronic materials. Printed textbooks as non-circulating materials are not available for loan and can only be read in the STL Law Library (Room 101).

Students, staff and faculty members are not allowed to remove textbook materials from the library to photocopy without prior permission.

Permission for removal of non-circulating materials can only be granted by the librarians and library staff.

Unauthorized removal of non-circulating materials may result in suspension of library privileges.

Please contact our librarians to request permission to check out non-circulating materials.

Lost Textbook Fees

If a textbook is lost, the borrower of the textbook should report the loss to the librarian immediately. The borrowers may cover the loss with a new textbook of the same edition or a new edition replacement after agreement. The replacement process should be completed within one month, during which the borrowing privilege will be suspended.

A whole set of books with one or more volumes lost should be compensated with the price for the whole set. Please consult with a circulation supervisor concerning lost items.

Damages

Textbooks damaged or marked to the extent that readers have difficulty reading the item should be compensated for with a new copy. Users who mark, damage or stain any rare textbook will be punished according to the regulations on preservation of cultural relics.

If a textbook is too damaged to reuse, it will be treated as a book loss. The patron will be billed for its replacement cost. Please see the “Lost Textbook Fees” section above to compensate for the damaged textbook.

A user who seriously damages library materials and is uncooperative will have his readers' card borrowing privileges suspended from 6 months to 12 months at the sole discretion of the librarian.

The determination of the usability of the book is at the sole discretion of the librarian. Please consult with a circulation supervisor concerning damaged items. 

Standard of Conduct and Penalties

If a patron is found stealing or destroying textbooks, he/she will be punished pursuant to the related provisions in the Graduate Student Code of Conduct of Peking University.

All interpretation or decisions under this policy is within the sole discretion of the STL Law Library.

Circulation Policies at Legal Research Center

Based on the policies of the University Town Library, and in consideration of the current situation of the School of Transnational Law, the policies and procedures on book circulation in the Legal Research Center (LRC) at University Town Library of Shenzhen are hereby announced.

Most of the books in LRC are purchased overseas, and, therefore, are comparatively expensive. Patrons who are using these books should respect them. Please DO NOT write or doodle on them and always handle them with care.

Identification and Borrowing Privileges

All library users must present a valid identification card to access the collections. University Town students, faculty, and staff must present their University ID card, with current academic year validation, in order to borrow materials from the LRC.

General Collection Loan Periods

The loan period is for 31 days, which can be renewed for an additional 31 day period. Campus readers may return books within one week after the holiday if the loan period ends during the summer or winter holidays.

Loan periods vary in different collections and by borrower status. Usually, a student is allowed to borrow up to 20 Chinese books and up to 5 foreign language books. A Chinese faculty is allowed to borrow up to 20 Chinese books and up to 10 foreign language books. A foreign faculty is allowed to borrow up to 10 Chinese books and up to 20 foreign language books.

All materials are subject to being recalled if needed for Reserve or if requested by another borrower.

Reference Collection Loan Periods

Dictionaries, treatises, and other specified reference materials at LRC do not circulate, and can be only be used in the library. Some examples of materials that do NOT circulate are reference books, case reporters, and codes. All materials are subject to being recalled if needed for Reserve or if requested by another borrower.

Fines and Lost Book Fees

Borrowers are subject to fines for the late return of library books and other materials.

For a non-reserve item, the fine is RMB0.30 per item per day up to a maximum of RMB10.00 per book.

Reserve fines, where applicable, are higher; consult our librarians for more information.

Books due during the winter or summer vacation should be returned within one week after the following semester begins. If one fails to return books within this time period, he/she will be fined from the original expiration date.

Unpaid fines of 10.00 RMB or more will result in the suspension of the patron’s borrowing privileges. Library fines can be paid at the Circulation desk.

Lost Book Fees

Borrowers who lose the books should immediately report the loss to the librarian. The borrowers may cover the loss with a new book of the same edition (or a new edition replacement after agreement) in addition to the processing cost of RMB20 per volume.

The replacement and additional processing fee should be paid within one month, during which the borrowing privilege will be suspended. If the same edition replacement (or a new edition book after agreement) could not be made in time, payment of fines should be made according to the standards below:

Chinese language books should be compensated 3 times of the actual price;

Original foreign language books imported should be compensated 5 times of the actual price;

A whole set of books with one or more volumes lost should be compensated with the price for the whole set and the remainder of the books should not be demanded after payment.

Damages

Users who mark, damage or stain library materials will be subject to a fine from RMB5 to RMB20 for each page according to the seriousness of his violation. Books damaged or marked to such an extent that readers have difficulty reading the item should be compensated at the actual price. Users who mark, damage or stain any rare book will be punished according to the regulations on preservation of cultural relics.

If a book is too damaged to reuse, it will be treated as a book loss. The patron will be billed for its replacement cost. Please see the “Lost Book Fees” section to pay the fine.

Users who seriously damage library materials and are uncooperative will have his readers' card borrowing privileges suspended from 6 months to 12 months at the sole discretion of the librarian. Users who refuse to pay any fines will be have their readers’ card cancelled and any deposit will be forfeited.

Standard of Conduct and Penalties

Users who take library materials outside the library without permission will have their borrowing privileges suspended for one to six months at the sole discretion of the librarian. The readers' card will be cancelled if the violation is egregious. The library reserves the right to pursue any claim for damaged or stolen library items according to the law.

All final explanation rights belong to the Shenzhen University Town Library.