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Question: Who are authorized to use the Main Library, IIT (BHU) Varanasi?
Answer: All students, faculty members and staff working with the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) are authorized to use the library. Student alumni, retired staff members and visiting faculties also have the privilege to use the Main Library. However, for availing he borrowing facilities, users need to enroll themselves with Main Library IIT (BHU) on fulfilling the requisite procedures.

Question: How can an outsider use the Main Library, IIT (BHU)??
Answer: Individuals affiliated to corporate bodies or any institution can use the library after producing the letter from their organization and taking permission from the librarian. The Library will charge for their services as per the rule of library.

Question: How can a student/faculty member recommend a book for purchase in the library?
Answer: An authorized user can recommend a book for purchase by filling- in a “Book recommendation from” that can be obtained from the Book Acquisition Division or Circulation counter. The form should be routed through your Departmental Library Committee with the signature of Head of the Department.

Question: Can a bound volume of journal be issued to a member?
Answer: As a general practice, the library administration avoids to issue bound volume of periodicals. However, in exceptional cases bound volume of journals can be issue to the faculty member for over- night from the circulation counter by detaining their passbook.

Question: Can a current (loose) issue of journals be issued to a library member?
Answer: No, current (loose) issue of journals is not issued to any category of library member. After taking permission from the librarian loose issues may be issue to faculty members after detaining their passbook for overnight. Latest issue of journals will not issue in any case.

Question: How can we distinguish reference books from other library collection? Can I get the reference books issued?
Answer: Reference books have been mark by RR on Top of the Call Number. Reference books may issue to faculty members only for overnight from the circulation counter by detaining their passbook.

Question: What types of documents are kept in the Reference Collection ?
Answer: Reference Collection mainly contains, Encyclopedias, Handbook, Dictionaries, Directories, Atlases, Audio, Video and some rare collection.

Question: Is there a fine for late return of books?
Answer: Every category of members are required to pay late fee, as per the late fee structure, if he/she fails to return the books within prescribed period of time @ Rs 1 per day.

Question: What are the issue/return timings in the library?
Answer: 10:30 AM to 4:30 P M. However, on the availability of circulation counter staff, books may be issue/return in special case from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

Question: I have lost a book, what am I required to do ?
Answer: Immediately consult the circulation counter to know the book detail and then consult to Acquisition Section for the replacement of book or deposit the price of book.

Question: If the desired book is not traceable on the shelve, what should I do?
Answer: First contact concerned person responsible for shelving of books in that area. You may also contact professionals in counter or In-Charge Circulation Section.

Question: Can I bring my own book or books issued from the library?
Answer: No, you are not allowed to bring the personal book / books issued from the library. Only after the permission of Gate- keeper and stamping on personal book with proper entry on register, you can bring your personal books for reading purpose. In no case, issued books are allowed to bring in the library for reading purpose.


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