Borrow, Renew or Request

Borrow, Renew or Request

Students, Faculty & Staff Patrons

Students, faculty and staff of VCUQatar can borrow library materials according to the following policies.

UNDERGRADUATE

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

NUMBER OF RENEWALS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF LOANS

Books

28 days

2

50

Audiovisual

7 days

1

5

 

GRADUATE

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

NUMBER OF RENEWALS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF LOANS

Books

4 months

2

100

Audiovisual

7 days

1

5

 

FACULTY/STAFF

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

NUMBER OF RENEWALS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF LOANS

Books

4 months

5

100

Journals

7 days

N/A

5

Audiovisual

7 days

1

15

 

EDUCATION CITY INTERLIBRARY LOAN

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

NUMBER OF RENEWALS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF LOANS

Books

14 days

1

5

Students and faculty enrolled at other Education City institutions may borrow materials through interlibrary loan by requesting the items through their home libraries. The policy below is a general guideline and each library may override any policy at its discretion on a case-by-case basis. The borrowing library is responsible for the pick-up and timely return of the items. If an item is lost, the borrowing library is responsible for replacement fees according to the policies of the lending library.

Community & Alumni Patrons

Community members, design professionals, scholars and alumni are allowed onsite access to the VCUQatar Library. Those wishing to have borrowing privileges may do so by filling out a form and paying a refundable QR500 deposit.

ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY BORROWER

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

NUMBER OF RENEWALS

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF LOANS

Books

14 days

1

5

Alumni and community users are not eligible to borrow periodicals, reference items, course reserves or audiovisual material. Interlibrary loan and document delivery is also not available. Alumni and community users must have a permanent address in Qatar. Alumni and Community users with any items overdue will have their borrowing privileges blocked. Patrons with items more than 14 days overdue will have their borrowing privileges revoked and thier deposit forfeited.

Proxy Borrowers’ Privileges

VCUQatar faculty and staff, with approval, may authorize up to five persons to borrow library materials under the individual’s library account. A consent form must be filled out, signed and returned to the library.

Recalls

A book that is currently checked out but is needed by another patron, may be recalled before its due date. The original borrower can have the book for two weeks, after which the book will be returned and held in the library.

Lost and Overdue Items

The Library does not charge fines for overdue items; however, we do ask that you return library materials in a timely manner. For any lost items a minimum replacement fee of QR364 ($100) will be charged. For rare, unique or unusual items this fee may be increased according to market value or a fair price as determined by the library.

  • For VCUQatar students, faculty and staff books overdue by more than 42 days will be marked lost and a minimum replacement fee of QR364 ($100) will be charged.  Audiovisual materials will be marked lost after 28 days and a minimum replacement fee of QR182 ($50) will be charged.VCUQatar patrons with items overdue will have their borrowing privileges blocked. Students will not be able to register for classes and faculty/staff will have a block on their final pay until library losses or overdues are resolved.

  • For Alumni/Community borrowers if books are overdue by more than 30 days the library has the right to revoke borrowing privileges and forfeit their deposit.

  • Any faculty or staff leaving VCUQatar must return all materials, and all materials from any proxy borrowers, at least one week before leaving. Any unreturned items will be considered lost. Payment for lost items must be made to the finance office prior to departing from VCUQatar or further penalties will ensue.

  • Students from another HBKU institution who are cross-registered for courses at VCUQatar may check out books from VCUQatar's library.  Cross registered students will then be bound by both university's library policies.  Failure to return books and other library materials will result in a registration block at their own home  university, whenever possible, until all materials are returned.

Damaged Materials

The patron is responsible for damage done to items when checked out. The minimum charge is QR36 ($10); items that are irreparable will be billed as lost. Damaged items remain the property of VCUQatar.