User's Registration and Registration Fee
Registration of internal users (students and MU employees) is free of charge. Registration fee for external users is unified within the whole university. For external users libraries also offer so called registration-free mode; user is not registered and doesn't pay any fee, but is allowed to use material only in study room. User's registration is simplified; after filling in one form in the first visited central faculty library user has access to the services of the whole university libraries' system.
Equal Access to the Library Services
MU Library Regulations specifies 5 categories of internal users (Student, PhD. Student, Teacher, Employee and Specific) and one category of external users (Public). Each of the categories has equal access to library material i.e. library provides equal services for all users (from home faculty or registered in different faculty within MU). Services for each of the specified categories varies - e.g. internal and external users can have different loan terms or differences occur also within two categories of internal users.
Unification of Loan Parameters
According to loan policy MU libraries define unified library items categories:
|Present loan||:||only in study-room|
|Present loan +||:||over night/weekend loan; material must be returned up to the next work day|
|Short-term loan||:||loan on short term, usually one week|
|Standard loan||:||loan on standard term, usually one month|
|Term loan||:||loan of study material on one term|
|Long-term loan||:||documents on loan for "unspecified term" – (material purchased from grant projects, from cabinet budget , etc.)|
Loan Parameters (loan term, number of documents on loan, overdue fees etc.) are set up in loan matrix, that combines users' categories with documents' categories. This set up is unified within the whole MU.
Loan Terms are as follows:
|Short-term Loan||Standard Loan||Term Loan||Long-term Loan|
(*) Only when the particular library provides services for Public users
Each category of users has limited number of loans in particular library (Long-term loans are excluded):
|30||Student, PhD. Student|
|50||Teacher, Employee, Specific|
|10||Public (when services provided)|
MU Library Regulation effective since October 1st, 2005 introduces integral table of charges for overdue material valid for all categories of users. Amount is calculated according to category of document on loan and for each library item separately.
|Present +||10 Kč per hour|
|Short-term loan||10 Kč per day|
|Standard loan||5 Kč per day|
|Term loan||5 Kč per day|
Overdue fees are not calculated for days when library is closed. Long-term loans are excludes from fees.
Masaryk University Loan Services
Implementation of new library information system and unification of library environment within the whole university significantly improved convenience of services to users. That includes:
- e-mail notice with approaching due date
- self loan renewal via Aleph web interface
- on-line reservation of document currently on loan
- display of current loans and financial operations of particular user
- possibility of automated notification (e-mail to user, when library gets material of his/her interest)