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Department of Zoology


Library rules

  1. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) and the consumption of food in the Library are strictly prohibited at all times. (Bottled water and drinks with secure lids are allowed) 
  2. Readers may bring a mobile phone into the Library provided it is set to silent mode. However, mobile phone conversations are not permitted. To prevent disturbance to other readers, calls must be answered outside of the Library. Readers should not run to the Library exit or speak on the phone until they are outside. Text messaging is allowed.
  3. Readers are requested to keep silence in the Library. If using headphones while working the volume must be kept to a level that does not disturb other readers.
  4. No book may be removed from the Library unless it has been borrowed legitimately. Library readers are responsible for the safe keeping of any book borrowed. They may be asked to pay for the replacement of books lost or damaged. Books must not be taken away from a readers' Cambridge address, except by undergraduates during the Christmas and Easter vacations.
  5. Reading places may not be reserved, but up to four books (except Overnight Loan books) or journal volumes may be reserved for three days if a completed reservation slip is left in them. These are distributed throughout the Library. Remove all notebooks, papers and personal belongings each day. The Library cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of personal property.


Security alarm and CCTV monitors

An RFID security system is in operation in the Zoology Library, with sensors by the exit. An alarm will sound if a book or journal is attempted to be removed from the Library without being desensitised appropriately.

Readers fitted with pacemakers should not be affected by the security sensors, but if you are in any doubt, please go to Reception and ask them to contact the Senior Library Assistant in the Library Office, who will come and speak to you.

If the alarm sounds upon your exit, and you are in the Library out of hours, please check that you don't have any Library stock on you. If not, walk back and away from the sensors, and try again.

If it goes off again and you see no reason for the alarm to sound, please leave the Library and report the incident to the Senior Library Assistant the next day.

CCTV cameras are also in operation in the Library 24 hours a day and the recorded footage is monitored daily.