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What are the Circulation Guidelines?

Sharjah Public Libraries offers a plethora of services to individuals and groups free of charge, according to conditions specified below, unless mentioned otherwise.

♦ The benefit of the external loan service is subject to pre-subscription and obtaining the membership card.

♦ Site access, and internal circulation of information sources is available to all types of membership without the need to obtain the membership of Sharjah Public Libraries.

♦ The member is obliged to return the borrowed materials in its original condition when borrowed, at the end of the loan period, otherwise the member will be subject to delay fines.

♦ Attempt to leave the library with unchecked-out material leads to subject individual to consequences under fines policy.


Internal Circulation

♦ The beneficiary can view all available resources on site, after viewing material shall be left on reading tables without attempting to return them to shelves.

♦ The beneficiary can view all available e-resources in the library, either internally or through the website.

♦ It is permitted to borrow all available information resources according to conditions established in this policy, unless exceptions are mentioned.

♦ Some material might be temporarily unavailable for lending:

Material are reserved for training or research purposed by administration.

Damaged material until they are restored.

♦ The member is responsible for every loan made under his membership, and has an obligation to cover all costs incurred for any violation as a result of misuse, loss, damage or copyright infringement.


Exclusion from Circulation

All materials may be borrowed externally unless otherwise necessary:

♦ References, including: encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, indexes, abstracts and reviews, translation dictionaries and their indexes, atlases, government publications, periodicals, newspapers.

♦ Rare Books

♦ Audiovisual Materials

♦ Others, as decided internally.

References and periodicals are excluded, however it is possible in some cases to permit a loan for a full day period.


Renewals and Reservation

♦ Loan period and quota is determined according to membership categories and sub-categories.

♦ Renewals may be made twice consecutively via:

1. Phone call.

2. Leave a voice message.

3. Renewal request via e-mail.

4. Renewal request via website account.

♦ The Library can recall loaned materials for any compelling reason despite renewal requests.

♦ Members can reserve materials, provided that reservation period doesn’t exceed two days.



♦ Return checked out materials to any branch or book drop on or before the due date.

♦ Sharjah Public Library- main branch, have placed a self-return drive-thru for 24/7 returns, 7 days a week.


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