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Borrowing, printing and photocopying

Different borrowing rules apply to different classes of item.

  • Current/Unbound issues of journals: not borrowable.
  • Bound journals/Serials: not borrowable, unless prior arrangement has been made with the Assistant Librarian. Borrowing is permitted to allow photographic work to be undertaken.
  • Classified Book Section: Up to five items can be borrowed at any one time. The loan period is one week, and this can be renewed up to three times.
  • Part I Reference: Up to two items can be borrowed at any one time, on an overnight basis only, ie after 2pm, to be returned by 10am the following day, or after 2pm on Fridays to be returned by 10am on Monday.
  • Safety/Scientific/General Reference: not borrowable

Part I students are only allowed to borrow items from the Part I Reference section. In most cases we only have one copy of these textbooks. Part I Students should consult their College Library for further copies.

Borrowing Procedure

Note that items can only be borrowed in office/reception hours.

  • Present your University ID card to the Assistant Librarian to register
  • Take the item/s that you want to borrow together with your University ID card to the Librarian
  • An issue card, with the date due back on it, is placed inside the book. This must be returned with the book.
  • The book can now be borrowed.
  • Return the book to the Librarian, or leave on the 'Book Returns' Trolley.
  • If the library office is closed, please ask at reception.

Inter-library loans

Inter-Library Loans and photocopies of articles can be obtained by the Librarian from certain other libraries. This facility is only available for members of the Biochemistry Department and Part II/III Biochemistry students.

For items not available in Cambridge, the majority can be supplied from The British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC), at Boston Spa, Yorkshire. There is a charge for this service.

Printing

There is a black and white laser printer and a colour laser printer on the Library network. They are located in the Computer / Reference Room adjacent to the Assistant Librarian's office. There is a small charge to print. You pay in advance to the Assistant Librarian and the amount is credited to your account. Currently, the printing cost is 3p per sheet single-sided b/w, 5p per sheet if double-sided b/w, 10p per sheet colour, 15p per sheet if double-sided.
Select 'libm553' for colour printing and 'lib3005x' for black and white. Please note if you use the colour printer for black and white printing, you will still be charged colour prices.

       Free Quota for Part II/III students:

At the start of the Lent term, the Part II/III Course Co-ordinator and the Assistant Librarian will determine how many pages of Options Course material may be copied per student without charge. Students' accounts will be credited accordingly.

Photocopying

There are two card-operated photocopiers available for use, and they can be set to do either b/w or colour copies. Cards for students and visitors are available from the Assistant Librarian or reception at £5 for 100 units or £2 for 40 units.

Members of other University of Cambridge Departments can purchase cards using an official purchase order form from their Department.

Photocopying costs 1 unit (5p) per sheet of A4/A3 in black and white, or 2 units (10p) per sheet of A4/A3 in colour.

Further information about photocopying, including Copyright Regulations, is available in the Library.

Inter-library loans / photocopies

Inter-Library photocopies of articles can be obtained by the Librarian from certain other libraries. This facility is only available for members of the Biochemistry Department and Part II/III Biochemistry students.