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Policies and Procedures: Students

Loan Procedures

The student must have a current university ID card in order to borrow books. The card is not transferable. Students may use the Self-Check In /Out machines. In case they face technical issues, they have to present the ID card with the books to the Library Staff on duty at the Circulation Desk. The loan period is for three weeks; five books plus one reserve book can be borrowed at one time. Seminar students are allowed seven books at one time. Reference books do not circulate. Reserve books may be used in the library upon deposit of the university ID card and may be borrowed overnight after 2:30 PM until 9:00 AM the following day. Reserve books are issued on a first come, first served basis. All books must be returned on the last day of classes of every term. Failure to do so, grades or graduation petition will be blocked through the Registrar’s Office. A fine will be imposed on all those who keep books and materials past the date due. Payment is made for lost or damaged books. Suspension of library privileges will be imposed on those who do not follow these procedures.


Quiet Study

A quiet study atmosphere must be maintained at all times. The Discussion Rooms of the Three Floors are available for group work or group study or students can study in pairs with moderate voice in the Group Study Area/Zone. Study carrels in the Quiet Study Area are designed for individual study. Students who want to do serious study must be allowed to concentrate. 

Food, beverages, and smoking are prohibited.

The use of cell phones is prohibited.



Students are requested to cooperate in maintaining order in the books on the shelves. Books are placed in order according to the call numbers, a call number is a combination of letters and numbers. Students are expected to take from the shelves only the books needed. After using them, students are expected to place them on the book trolleys. While browsing the shelves place the book back in the exact place found.

These policies and procedures are established in order to provide for all the students a location on campus for serious study. The respect and courtesy due to other students requires the cooperation of all.

Read also Student Guide to Bethlehem University Library

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
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Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine