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How to borrow a book

1) Look up the book in the catalogue

  • first of all it is necesarry to find out in our catalogue Aleph whether the particular book is available in our library
  • in the catalogue it is possible to search by author / title / keywords / ISBN etc.
  • more information on searching the catalogue: here

2) Availability of books

  • locate the book you require in the catalogue and click on "Faculty of Social Studies" in the column "Items / loans" to display the list of items in our library and information about their availability
  • books can have several "Item status"
    In house loan - it is possible to use the book only inside the library
    Month - it is possible to check out the book for one month
    Long term loan - the book is not available in the library, one of the teachers at FSS has the book (in case no other item is available in the library, it is possible to write an email to the particular teacher and ask for a loan)
  • books in the library are divided into two collections:
    Free access collection (volný výběr) - the users themselves locate the book on a shelf according to its "Location number"
    Closed stacks (sklad) - the books in closed stacks have to be requested in the catalogue in advance, see paragraph 4 below
  • Location - the number of the book that gives the location of the book in the library
  • Due date
    On shelf - a book is available in the library
    a date is given here - a book is currently on loan, it is possible to place a hold on it (more information on placing holds is in section User account)

3) Locating the book in free access collection

  • books in free access collections are divided into subject groups, each subject group has its code consisting of a letter and a number (eg. B1 = philosophy, F6 = international relations etc.), on shelves the groups are arranged in ascending order according to the code they have
  • inside the subject groups books are arranged in a numerical order (each book has been assigned its number)
  • find out the location number of the book in the catalogue, then locate the subject group on the shelves and find the particular number of the book, eg. book's location number is E3-156, go to subject group E3 and there find the number 156
  • if there are more items of the same book, all items have the same location number so they are on the same shelf, the item for "in-house loan" is marked with red circle label on the spine, items without red label can be checked out

4) Requesting books from the closed stacks

  • if the book you require is located in the closed stacks, it is necesarry to order the book in the catalogue
  • firstly, log-in to the catalogue (for log-in use University personal number and secondary password)
  • look up the record of the book in the catalogue and display "Items"
  • click on "request" and confirm your choice
  • requested book(s) will be ready for picking up at the circulation desk within an hour,
  • the requests made on Mondays - Thursdays after 5 p.m., on Fridays after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays after 2 p.m. will be ready the following opening day in the morning
  • book(s) pulled from the stacks will be held for you for 7 days at the circulation desk, then the hold will expire

5) Checking out books

  • the books you wish to check out, bring to the circulation desk and hand them to the staff together with your student card, the opening hours of the circulation desk: Mon- Thu 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • on Mon - Thu after 6 p.m. when the circulation desk is closed it is possible to use self-check that is located next to the circulation desk for checking out items
  • collecting your holds is possible only during the opeing hours of the circulation desk

6) Returning books

  • checked out books have to be returned at the circulation desk where the staff will discharged them from your library account
  • when the circulation desk is closed, use for returning books the drop-in box located in front of the entrance to the library