Borrowing/Return/Renewal

borrowing

If you are an active Library member holding a membership card, you may borrow materials from the Library according to the list below:  

  Membership Category Books DVDs Kit CD-ROM
Loan Period Item Limit Loan Period Item Limit Loan Period Item Limit Loan Period Item Limit
  Children & Teens (0-17) 21 days 5 7 days 2 7 days 1 7 1
  All Other Users 21 days 4 7 days 2 7 days 1 7 1

 

Renewals

  • You may renew your library materials seven days before the due date in person at the User Services Desk or through the Library website.
  • You may renew your books up to two times, unless the item is on hold by another user, recalled or if your account is suspended due to overdue items or fines.
  • You can renew your items online through the Library website by logging into your account, selecting the item(s) you want to renew, and clicking on ‘Renew Marked,’ or in person by visiting the User Services Desk with your membership card.

Returns

  • You can return the borrowed material in the 24-hour drive-through book drop station in front of the main Library entrance, at the seven return stations inside the Library building or at the User Services Desk.

Holds and Reserves
If the item you are looking for is already checked out by another user, you can place a hold on that item. To place a hold:

  • Log in to your library account.
  • Search for the title of the item you wish to reserve.
  • Click “Place Hold.”
  • The site will confirm that your hold has been placed.
  • You will be notified by an auto-generated email when it becomes available.
  • You can collect your reserved items from the hold shelf behind the User Services Desk.
  • Held items will be kept for five days for pickup. If you do not check out the item after five days, the hold will be canceled and the item re-shelved.  

Recalls
Any borrowed item is subject to recall once requested by another user. Borrowers who receive recall notices are responsible for returning their requested items on or before the recall due dates.

Overdue Items
You will receive a courtesy email message two days before the item's due date. Items on loan will become overdue if they are not returned or renewed by the due date. Items cannot be renewed if they have been recalled.

For any overdue item(s) you will receive: 

  • First overdue notice seven days after the due date.
  • Second overdue notice 14 days after the due date. 
  • Third and final overdue notice 30 days after the due date.

After the final notice, the item is considered lost and the Library member is automatically charged for it.

Fines and Penalties

  • Regular loans: no fine   
  • Short loans: 20 Qatari riyals per item, per day

Loss and Damage of Library Materials
You are responsible for the loss or damage of the items you borrow. If you lose an item, you will be charged:

  • The replacement cost according to the supplier's cost
  • 100 Qatari riyal processing fee

In the event of damaged resources, you will be charged the replacement cost of the item accordingly. Damage includes:

  • Writing on pages
  • Torn pages
  • Loss of shape
  • Unreadability, such as spilling of liquids on the pages
  • Damage to CD or DVD, e-reader, or other similar items