Borrowing, renewal and return

Registered users can borrow items; anyone can study books and journals in the library. You can find an overview of your loans by logging in to your account in the catalogue.

What you can borrow Inter-library loan service

How to proceed in these situations

Borrowing from book shelves

Borrowing from open access collection

Open access collection indicates shelves in Quiet Study Rooms.

  1. Find the book in the catalogue and look at its location.
  2. Take the book off the shelf. Make sure it doesn’t have an orange dot on the spine marking books that cannot be checked out.
  3. Borrow it at the Circulation and Registration Desk or use the Self-check:
    • Tap your chip card (ISIC, ITIC or employee card) on the reader.
    • Taking one book at a time, scan the bar code on the back of the book.

Location of fields of study (call numbers)

Ground  floor Self-check for borrowing books

Detailed instructions for borrowing items from the open access collection and making a reservation for books on loan

1. Search for the publication in the catalogue

  • Use the search box or advanced search.

2. Find the publication in the library

  • Publications located in the open access collection or the Journals Study Room of the library at the Faculty of Arts can be found on the floor and shelf indicated next to/above the call number.
  • Journals are arranged alphabetically in the study room on the ground floor.
    • items with Month status can be checked-out
    • items with In-house loan status are available only for study in the library
  • You can borrow the publication on the ground floor at the Circulation and Registration Desk or using the Self-check in the lobby.

3. Making a reservation for a book on loan

  • If the book is currently on loan, you can make a reservation. The original reader will no longer be able to renew the loan.
  • Log in to the catalogue. After logging in, a Recall this link will appear below the status. Click on it and submit your request.
  • When the reader returns the book, it will be prepared for you at the Circulation and Registration Desk. You have 7 days to come and collect it.

4. Cancellation of a reservation

  • If you are no longer interested in the book, you can cancel the request at any time in your catalogue account under Holds and Recalls.
Borrowing from closed stacks

Borrowing from closed stacks

You can order from the closed stacks the following items: books (either to be checked out of the library or for reference use only), older volumes of journals (only to be read in the library) and board games.

  1. Search for the desired title and enter the request in the catalogue after logging in.
  2. We will process it within 20 minutes of entering the request (during the library’s opening hours).
  3. Pick up your order at the Circulation and Registration Desk within 7 days of processing.
Moving shelves in the closed stacks

Detailed instructions for borrowing from closed stacks

1. Search for the publication in the catalogue

  • Use the search box or advanced search.

2. Enter your request

  • If the publication is located in the library at the Faculty of Arts in the closed stacks collection, log in to the catalogue using single sign-on.
    • items with Month CLOSED-STACKS status can be checked-out
    • items with In-house loan CLOSED STACKS status are only available for study in the library
  • After logging in, the Place a Hold link appears below the status. Click on it and submit it.

3. Processing of the request

  • After submitting the request, the required publication will be prepared for you within 20 minutes at the Circulation and Registration Desk. You have 7 days to come and collect it.

4. Cancellation of the request

  • If you no longer need the publication, you can cancel the request at any time in your catalogue account under Holds and Recalls.
Loan renewal

Loan renewal

Choose the option that suits you best:

  • online: after logging in to your account in the catalogue
  • by phone: 5 4949 5379
  • in person: at the Circulation and Registration Desk

Ask for a renewal


You can only renew your loan if someone else is not interested in the item and if the total loan period has not exceeded ​180 days.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why can I not renew my loan?

There are several possibilities:

  • Another reader is interested in the item; renewal is not possible.
  • The original due date for return has passed. Bring the book, we will renew the loan at the Circulation and Registration Desk.
  • You have unpaid fees, which you can check after logging in to your account in the catalogue (under Fines) and pay at the Circulation and Registration Desk.
  • The total loan period exceeded 180 days. Bring the book, we will renew the loan at the Circulation and Registration Desk.
Returning and fees

Returning the loan

  • in person at the Circulation and Registration Desk (ground floor of the library main building)
  • by throwing the books in the Book Drop (at the entrance to faculty premises on Arna Nováka street)
    • the books will be returned the next working day
    • Book Drop at the entrance to the faculty premises, available 24/7
    • Book Drop at the gatehouse

Please do not place board games and locker keys in the Book Drop, return them only at the Circulation and Registration Desk.


Fees

  • The fee for late return is CZK 5 per item and day of delay.
  • You can check the amount after logging in to the catalogue (under Fines).
  • You can pay the fine at the Circulation and Registration Desk:
    • in cash,
    • by card (payments over CZK 50),
    • by deducting the amount from your SUPO account.

You cannot borrow or renew any items while you have unpaid late fees. If you return the book to the Book Drop, you will pay the next time you visit the library.


Book Drop at the entrance to the faculty premises from Arne Nováka street
Book Drop at the gatehouse on Arne Nováka street

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The library is closed, how do I return the books?

Use the Book Drop available 24/7 at the entrance to faculty premises on Arne Nováka street. The books placed in the box will be returned the next working day.

You can check their status in your account in the catalogue. If you are returning a book late or damaged, you can pay the fee the next time you visit the library.

I’m not in Brno, how do I return the books?

Exceptionally, it is possible to send them by post, by prior arrangement at knihovna@phil.muni.cz.

What if I lose or damage a book?

Report the loss or damage as soon as possible, in person at the Circulation and Registration Desk or by e-mail at knihovna@phil.muni.cz, and make arrangements for the next steps. You will pay a fixed handling fee and, if you can’t provide a replacement also the price corresponding to the value of the book.

In case of interruption/completion of my studies, where can I get the confirmation of returned books?

The Central Library does not issue the confirmation of returned loans (or confirmation of settlement of liabilities). Office for Studies will automatically check whether everything is settled. Some of the departmental libraries have to issue this confirmation. ​​You need to contact your departmental library in case your department is on this list (in Czech only).

What you can borrow

Books

Books

Books can be found in the open access collection and in the closed stacks. You can study books on site or check them out of the library for 30 days, with the option to renew the loan up to 180 days.

Location of fields of study (call numbers)


Have you read all your books at home? Bring them to the book swap shelf in the lobby and find them new readers. Or find yourself new books.


Books in open access collection

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What if I need a book and it is not available?

If someone has borrowed it, make a reservation for it and we will let you know as soon as it is available. You can read some books in electronic form in the E-prezenčka (E-loans) program

If the book is not part of the library collection, we will try to get it in another library or you can suggest it for us to buy.

What if the catalogue indicates the Long term loan status?

The book is borrowed by a faculty staff member as a so-called long term loan. If no other copy or scan in the E-prezenčka (E-loans) program is available, you can order a loan after logging in to the catalogue.

What if the catalogue indicates Faculty of Arts – Departments?

The book is not in the Central Library, but in one of the departmental libraries. You have to go and borrow it yourself.

Can I borrow books from another faculty library?

Yes, but it depends on the way you registered. Online registration is valid immediately for all faculty libraries. If you registered in person, you need to visit the library of another faculty personally before you first borrow, reserve or order items from that library.

For example, if you have personally registered with us and want to order a book from closed stacks of the library of the Faculty of Social Studies (FSS), you must also personally register with the FSS before ordering.

How many books can I have on loan at one time?
  • Students: max. 30
  • Staff: max. 50
  • Alumni Card holders and members of the MU Alumni and Friends Association: max. 10
Journals

Journals and newspapers

In the Journals Study Room on the ground floor you will find current issues of printed journals and daily press. You can order older issues from the closed stacks. Journals and newspapers are for reference use only. However, you can scan or copy them for your own use.


PressReader provides access to the content of selected newspapers and magazines from around the world. You can also download an applicaton for mobile devices.


Journals Study Room on the ground floor

We subscribe to

An overview of recommended resources

A multitude of articles published in foreign and Czech journals exist in electronic form.

Explore recommended resources

MU FA Digital Library

You can search and read all journals published at the Faculty of Arts in the Digital Library.

Go to the Digital Library

Theses

Academic theses

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Advanced Master’s theses from MU Faculty of Arts.

Electronic theses

(defended after 2006)

all Bachelor’s and Master’s theses

some Doctoral and Advanced Master’s theses

Go to Thesis

Printed theses

(to be ordered for study in the library)

Bachelor’s and Master’s theses (until 2008)

all Doctoral and Advanced Master’s theses

Explore the catalogue

Board games

Board and card games

Games can be ordered from the closed stacks in the same way as books. You can only borrow one game at a time. If you miss a particular game, suggest a new purchase.

Browse games Suggestion for new purchase

Showcase of available board games

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What if I damage or lose the game?

If you damage or lose the game or its parts, you will have to pay the full price of the game. You need to come to discuss the matter in person at the Circulation and Registration Desk or write to knihovna@phil.muni.cz.

Lockers

Lockers for books and materials

Mobile lockers spread over the Quiet Study Rooms. You can borrow the keys for up to 180 days.

How it works

  1. In the catalogue you can check the availability of: 
  2. You can borrow the keys to the available lockers at the Circulation and Registration Desk without ordering. You can request a specific locker or floor.
  3. If no locker is available on the specific floor, you can reserve it.
  4. The locker is yours for 30 days, with the possibility to renew the loan.
  5. After returning the key, we will check the locker the next morning. Until then, the key will remain in your account.

Rules of use

  • The lockers are mobile but need to be returned to their marked dock before you leave the library/when you finish working.
  • Do not place the following items in the lockers: books for reference use only (marked with an orange dot), books not checked-out, perishable food and valuables.
  • Library staff can check the contents of the lockers if necessary.
  • If you lose the locker keys or damage the locker, the issue will be dealt with individually.
You can find lockers for books and materials near the pillars in Quiet Study Rooms marked with respective number.
Inner measures of the locker are 39x20/29x45 (in centimeters)
Useful items

Useful items

We will save you when it is cold, raining, or you forget the laptop mouse at home. We lend or sell various things. Feel free to suggest what you are missing in our offer.

What you can buy Suggestion for new purchase

Self-service borrowing on each floor

We lend at the Information Desk

  • headphones
  • USB flash drives
  • mobile phone chargers
  • computer mice and keyboards
  • laptop locks
  • Ethernet cables
  • summer blankets
  • umbrellas
  • information panels

On the floors you will find

  • warm blankets
  • seat cushions
  • headphones
  • writing tools
  • staplers, punches, scissors and "scrap paper"
Borrowing information panels

The panels can serve as signposts or stands for an exhibition. We will lend them by prior arrangement and depending on current availability.

  • 10 A4 navigation panels
  • 10 A3 navigation panels
  • 15 A1 presentation panels
  • 5 A2 presentation panels

If you are interested in the panels, please fill in the form. We will contact you within two working days.

I want panels

Inter-library loan service

We will order for you books / journal articles that are not available in Brno libraries. The inter-library loan service is free of charge, except for the cost of transport or copying.

I am interested in a book/article Form for libraries

How it works

  1. Go to knihovny.cz to check in which library the book or article is available.
  2. Fill in the form.
  3. Upon arrangement with the library, we will contact you with details, including the amount of any fee (for postage or making a copy).
  4. The other library sends the required book or copy.
  5. You come to pick up the book or copy at the Circulation and Registration Desk.

Books from other libraries cannot be checked out of the library, they are intended for in-house use only.


Rules

  • We order items only from the Czech Republic and libraries outside Brno. Books from abroad can be ordered via the Moravian Library.
  • Final academic theses cannot be ordered.
  • You can order and/or borrow a maximum of five books at a time.
  • Loan period cannot be extended.