Library Rules

Article I. Fundamental Stipulations

The Jan Kmenta CERGE-EI Library (hereinafter referred to as the Library) is a part of the joint workplace of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (hereinafter referred to as CERGE-EI). The Library is open to the public as an information service for those who specialize in economics research and education and is closely linked to the goals and specializations of CERGE-EI.

Article II. Library Users

  1. The Library serves mainly academics, researchers, and students of CERGE-EI, members from other units of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, and other professional public.
  2. A person becomes a member of the Library (hereinafter referred to as a Library user) by gaining membership according to Article V of the Library Rules.

Article III. Binding Library Rules

  1. These stipulations regulating the activities and services provided by the Library are binding for all employees and users.
  2. Proposals regarding Library activities and services can be submitted to the Library Director, either verbally or in writing.
  3. Non-adherence to Library Rules is punishable by sanctions and provides grounds for temporary or permanent suspension of one's right to use the Library services. Temporary or permanent suspension of the right to use the Library services does not absolve the user from the responsibility for compensation of damages. These damages are to be compensated according to valid legal norms.

Article IV. Library Services

  1. The Library offers public library and information services. These include:
    a/ loans on the premises and outside loans,
    b/ an inter-library loan service and international inter-library loan service (ILL and IILL),
    c/ bibliographic, information, and reference services,
    d/ electronic services,
    e/ photocopying on a self-service basis.
  2. The Library offers its standard services free of charge. The Library may require compensation of costs for administrative tasks related to special services according to the real spent costs. A deposit may be required for these services.
  3. Publications located outside of the open shelves will be prepared upon request the following working day.

Article V. Library Membership

  1. A person becomes a Library user by obtaining a card and subsequently registering in the Library system.
  2. Library cards are not transferable.
  3. The user to whom a card is issued is responsible for its use.
  4. Library membership is valid according to the user categories. Upon the user’s request, membership can be renewed.
  5. Changes regarding the personal data of the user – including, e.g., a change of permanent address, must be reported immediately.

Article VI. User Rights and Duties

  1. Library users are obliged to comply with Copyright Act No. 121/2000 Coll., referring to copyright, rights related to copyright, and the amendment of certain laws (the Czech Copyright Act).
  2. Library users are obliged to comply with the license agreements of all electronic sources accessible on the CERGE-EI LAN or through registered remote access. Any data obtained may be used only for the purposes of teaching, research and study. The following are specifically prohibited: large-scale downloading of data that exceeds individual usage, copying or using obtained data for the benefit of a third party or for commercial purposes, and downloading complete volumes of journals.
  3. Failure to observe the database license conditions may result in sanctions (according to the conditions of the individual electronic resources producers). It may also lead to immediate termination of Library membership.
  4. The user assumes responsibility for publications on loan to him/her that are registered in the Library system.
  5. The user must check the state of his/her account and immediately report any discrepancies to the Library staff.
  6. On entering the Library, the user shows her or his library card.
  7. Users must be considerate of others and follow instructions from the staff member on duty at all times. Smoking and eating are prohibited in the Library.

Article VII. Library Loans on the Premises

  1. The entire Library collection is available for reading on the premises.
  2. The following are lent for on-premises use only:
    a/ publications to which there is a threat of irreplaceable loss or irreparable damage (unique publications),
    b/ reference literature,
    c/ newspapers.

Article VIII. Outside Loans

  1. Loan policy is ruled by the valid borrowing matrix (available in the Library or on the Library homepage) which also includes fines for overdue items within each user category.
  2. A loan can be made on condition that the user does not have any overdue items or unpaid fines.
  3. A user may make a reservation to borrow a publication on loan to another user. Once the publication is available, there is a period specified by the Library for the user to collect the publication. If the user does not collect the publication, the reservation is canceled.
  4. In the exceptional case that a user returns a publication by post, s/he must package it safely and send it by registered post.
  5. For late returns, the user must pay fines. This applies even if a reminder has not been sent. The user must also cover the costs for all written reminders in the event that the reminders were sent in written form. After the third reminder, legal action will be taken and the user is obliged to cover the costs of legal representation.

Article IX. Deposits, Compensation

  1. For outside loans the Library may require a guarantee that the book will be returned by requiring a deposit to be paid in cash to the Library. The receipt slip entitles the user to reimbursement from the Library upon return of the loaned book. The amount of the deposit will be determined by the librarian or Library Director.
  2. When a book is damaged, destroyed or lost, the user is required to provide compensation in one of the following forms:
    a/ restoration of the damaged book,
    b/ supply of an undamaged copy of the work in the same edition in a binding of similar quality,
    c/ compensation by another edition of the work or another work of roughly the same value and importance for the library collection,
    d/ financial compensation equal to the current price of the work.

Article X. Final Stipulation

  1. Exceptions to the Library Rules are authorized by the Library Director.
  2. Library open hours are determined by the Library Director.
  3. In the Appendix to the Library Rules is the Obligation to Provide Information to the Personal Data Administrator
  4. This directive comes into effect on 1 September 2020.
  5. This directive replaces Directive No. 4/2016.

In Prague, on 1 September 2020

Appendix 1: Obligation to Provide Information to the Personal Data Administrator