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Services > Circulation

Who may use the library

This service is offered to students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests with valid LAU IDs.

Loan period

Books, magazines, journals, CDs, DVDs, videos, e-book readers (Kindle and Sony-readers) can be checked out of the library according to a set of rules and regulations. In addition, laptops and iPads, may be borrowed by students only, for up to two (2) hours inside library premises, renewable twice. Calculators may be borrowed by students only and for up to four (4) hours.


Borrower category Number of items allowed Length of loan Renewal
Faculty, full-time 50 90 days 3 times
Faculty, part-time 25 90 days 3 times
Executive officers      50 90 days 3 times
Staff, full-time 15 4 Weeks 3 times
Staff, part-time 5 4 Weeks 3 times
Graduate students 20 6  Weeks 3 times
Undergraduate students 10 2 Weeks 3 times
Alumni (Subscription fees: $54 per year) 3 4 Weeks 3 times
LAU retirees 5 4 Weeks 3 times
Research Centers and Institutions (Subscription fees: $1000 per year)  50 4 Weeks 3 times
Individual Students enrolled on other institutions (Subscription fees: $300 per year) 5 4 Weeks 3 times
Individual Research (Subscription fees: $10 per day) n/a n/a n/a


Renewals, returns and reservations

Materials may be renewed numerous times, as long as they are not reserved by others. Users can renew their books 5 times online through the Library Online Catalog under “My Account,” by emailing the Circulation department, by calling the Circulation desk, or through the Instant messaging service Chat with a Librarian.

  • All eligible borrowers can reserve books already on-loan either online or in person at the Circulation desk.
  • When a reserved book is returned to the Library, the requester will receive an email informing him/her of the book’s availability.

Charges for overdue, lost and damaged library items

Fines are $0.50/day/item for circulated books and audiovisual materials. Users who have overdue materials or outstanding fines will lose all borrowing privileges until cleared. In case a borrowed item is lost, the user will be charged the replacement price plus half its cost as handling and processing fees.

Library users are responsible for returning books/audiovisuals in the same condition as borrowed.  Any damaged item returned to the Library will entail fines to the borrower’s record. Types of damage for which users will be charged for include — but are not limited to — water damage, pen/pencil marks, highlighting, torn/ripped pages or covers, sticky notes and animal damage. For severely damaged items, the responsible user will be liable to either buy a replacement copy or pay its full price plus half its cost as handling and processing fees.

If users wish to check out an item which might be already damaged, they should notify the circulation desk staff in order to avoid any responsibility upon return.

All overdue payments are automatically transferred to the student’s record and must be settled in the Business Office.

Alumni library subscription

  • Proof of a VALID alumni subscription is a must in order to use the library.
  • Library subscription fees are $54/year (non-refundable).
  • You are allowed to check out 3 items at a time for four (4) weeks.
  • You may use the library PCs.
  • You will be granted on-campus access only to the electronic resources.
  • You are entitled to print 100 black & white pages free of charge. For additional printing you must recharge your print credit online.

For assistance, please contact:

  • E-mail: circulation@lau.edu.lb
  • Riyad Nassar Library circulation desk, ext: 1213
  • Byblos Library circulation desk, ext: 2280
  • Health Sciences Library circulation desk, ext: 2977


  • Smoking is not permitted in the Libraries.
  • Certain food and beverages are allowed in most areas as long as guidelines are respected.
  • There are severe penalties for the theft or mutilation of library property. For your own protection, do not leave your property unattended while in the Library.
  • Using your belongings to reserve space is not permitted.
  • Mobile phones should be silenced before entering the library.
  • As per the Student Code of Conduct: students abusing the library rules, showing disruptive behavior, improper misconduct, and/or loud noise will be reported to the Dean of Students for proper sanctions.

Library zones

LAU Libraries have three different zones for different study styles. Please use the one that best suits your needs.

Group Study Zone

  • Located on the RNL floors 12 and 13 only.
  • Suitable for group work and discussion at a moderate level.

Quiet Study Zone

  • Located on the RNL floors 9, at the Byblos Library, and at the HSL (Byblos Campus).
  • Suitable for quiet conversation, but not group work.
  • Quiet, non-disruptive mobile phone usage is allowed.
  • Loud music blaring from earbuds is prohibited.

Silent Study Zone

  • Located on the RNL floors 8, 10 and 11.
  • Suitable for individual study. As this is a silent zone, conversations cannot take place here.
  • Mobile phone conversation is not allowed. Phones must be switched on silent at all times.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms (RNL floor 8) are available upon online reservation.

  • Group Study Rooms are also available at Byblos and HSL libraries. Reservation is made at the respective Circulation desks.
  • Group Study Room users should keep in mind that the rooms are not soundproof; accordingly noise should be kept at a moderate level.

Locating materials

All library holdings may be accessed by using the Library Catalog. Materials are arranged on the shelves using the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Shelfmark location charts are posted throughout the Library. Users may also ask attending staff at the Circulation desk or any other Information desk for assistance in finding materials. Each student should use his/her ID to borrow Library items. He/she is responsible for anything checked out under his/her name.

Special Materials (RNL)

  • Julinda Abu Nasr Women and Gender collection: This collection parallels the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World. It includes books, pamphlets, documents and flyers on women’s subjects in both English and Arabic. They are shelved separately and marked with the letter “W” at the top of the shelfmark. This method groups related materials for easy location and access by researchers on women’s issues. General borrowing rules apply to this collection.
  • Children’s collection: This collection is used by Creative Dramatics, Children’s Literature, and other courses offered within the Education major. All library users may borrow items from this collection. General borrowing rules apply to this collection.
  • Audio/Visual collection: This collection includes a variety of subjects related to courses in business, pharmacy, education, sciences, history, politics, opera, theater, art, classical music and cinema studies. Items from this collection may be borrowed on a short-term basis (4 days).
  • Closed circulation collection and research topics: This collection includes out-of-print, aged and rare books, as well as certain worn-out books on Lebanon that are out of print. Books in closed circulation are marked “CC” and may be used inside the Libraries only. Research topics or graduate student projects are also kept in dedicated areas and are marked with “RT” or “RP.” They may be used inside the Libraries only.
  • Islamic art and architecture collection: This collection is meant to enrich the courses on design in general and on Islamic art and Culture in particular. It covers the historical, theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of this heritage. General borrowing rules apply to this collection.
  • Practice teaching: This collection is mainly used by student majoring in Education. General borrowing rules apply to this collection.


The circulation desk at the RNL ground floor.