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Which books can I borrow and at what cost?

The majority of the works are openly accessible and can be borrowed free of charge.
The documents in storage can also be borrowed, you have to reserve them on your a-z.lu account.
However, reference works, series, periodicals, theses and dissertations, as well as a copy of the semester syllabi defined by the instructors for their respective courses cannot be borrowed.

 

How many books can I borrow and for how long?

The loan conditions vary according to the categories of readers:

Bachelor’s degree students

10 books and 10 non-books (DVD, CD-ROM, CD-audio, game, teaching material)
14 days, extendable twice.

Master’s and other degree programme students

20 books and 20 non-books (DVD, CD-ROM, CD-audio, game, teaching material)
14 days, extendable twice.

Teaching and research staff, administrative and technical staff, doctoral candidates

Unlimited loan for books and non-books (DVD, CD-ROM, CD-audio, game, teaching material)
30 days, extendable twice.

External Patrons

5 books and 5 non-books (DVD, CD-ROM, CD-audio, game, teaching material)
14 days, extendable twice.

 

What are the penalties if an item is returned late?

If a user is late in returning borrowed items from the library, his or her borrowing privileges will be blocked for a period equivalent to the number of days late.

 

How can I keep track of my library loans in progress?

Every patron has a user account in the www.a-z.lu catalogue.
You can consult this account:

  1. to keep track of the library loans in progress, and
  2. to extend the loan periods easily and automatically.

 

How can I extend the loan period of loaned documents?

Every patron has a user account in the www.a-z.lu catalogue.
You can consult this account:

  1. to keep track of the library loans in progress, and
  2. to extend the loan periods easily and automatically.
    • The extension request can be made until the scheduled return date.
    • The borrowing period of documents cannot be extended if another reader has reserved them.
    • You will receive an e-mail informing whether the extension has been granted.
    • 14 or 30 days will again be granted from the moment of the extension request.
    • The total loan period can be up to 3 times the initial loan period (42 days maximum = 14 days + 2 x 14 days / 90 days maximum = 30 days + 2 x 30 days).

 

How can I make a reservation?

Simply by clicking on the “Reservation” link in the www.a-z.lu catalogue.

Three types of reservations are available and can be made directly through the www.a-z.lu catalogue:

  1. Reserve new books that have been ordered: with this reservation, you will be informed by e-mail and be able to borrow a new book when it is available in the library.
  2. Reserve books that have already been taken out by another reader. You will be informed by e-mail when the book has been returned to the library.
  3. Reserve books that are available in a library on a campus other than your own and request that they be transferred to your campus.

 

What is international library loan (ILL) and how can I use it ?

International library loan is a service organised by the National Library to obtain articles or books not available in Luxembourg.
Please read carefully the tips given below before making an international loan request.

  • Students
    Students have access to international loan through the National Library either via the interface of the www.a-z.lu catalogue or directly on the premises. The service is invoiced at a rate of €2 per transaction.
  • Teaching and research staff, administrative and technical staff, doctoral candidates
    The BUL covers automatically the cost for international loan requests for registered readers. Each request is made online via www.a-z.lu. Please note that these readers must be also registered to the BnL (National Library of Luxembourg).
  • If possible, the electronic article will be sent directly to the e-mail address you have specified, while the paper version will be sent to your campus.
  • Please note that some of these ordered books are available for consultation only in the National Library.

More information on the international library loan service