Frequently Asked Questions
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Q : How do I get a library card?
SZABIST Library card is your library Member card. You can get it by submitting your passport size photograph along with your details at circulation desk.

Q : How do I borrow books?
Once you are registered, you may check out library books while presenting your valid SZABIST Library card at circulation desk.

Q : What should I do if I lose my library card?
If your card is lost or stolen, be sure to let us know immediately, Click here to email. You will be held responsible for any items checked out on your card if you do not inform us that it is missing. Also report this to the Librarian and get a duplicate card.

Borrowing Books

Q : How many books can I borrow?
2-book-It varies for each category. See Borrowing Privileges for this.

Q : For how long may I keep a book?
3-days-It also varies. See Borrowing Privileges to know about borrowing periods. All books are subject to recall, which may shorten loan periods.

Q : Can I renew my books?
Yes, you can renew a book for a further loan period, if someone has not reserved the same. You can renew the book(s) online as well.

Q : How do I renew my books?
To keep a book for another borrowing period, visit the library circulation desk along with the book to be renewed. The staff on duty will re-issue the book to you if another user has not reserved it. Overdue books will not be renewed. To get the books renewed remotely, see Online Renewal.

Q : How can I know about the due date?
On each checked out material, if you renew the book online, you can see the due date on activity menu at view status.

Q : Can someone else check out books for me?
No. No one can check out books on someone else's behalf.

Q : How can I find out what I have checked out?
You can know about your library activity and about your library account through view status. Or you can come to the library and ask circulation staff about the item(s) checked out by you.

Returning Books

Q : Is it necessary to show Library card while returning the books?
No, you can return the library materials without showing the Library card.

Q : Can someone else return my books for me?

Q : What happens if I return a book late?
A fine begins accruing as soon as the book is overdue. If you do not return a RECALLED book by the date requested, your borrowing privileges can be suspended.

Q : What happens if I lose a book?
Report it immediately in black and white at the circulation desk so that your overdue fine can be stopped. Then you will be charged Double times the current price of the book.

Q : What happens if I damage a book?
In case you damage library material, the policy for "Book Lost" will be implemented.


Q : How much fine do I have to pay on an overdue item?
Rs. 30/- per book per day.

Q : How do I pay fines?
All library fines are handled by the SZABIST Accounts Office. You will receive the fine notice through emails. Take this notice to the Accounts Office and pay the fine. The Accounts Office will issue you a receipt of paid fines. You have to submit this receipt to the circulation desk for fine clearance.

Q : What happens if I don't pay my fines?
Your library account will be terminated if the fine exceeds Rs. 10000/-

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