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York University library collections are housed in five buildings: the Scott Library (including the Map Library, Sound and Moving Image Library, and Archives and Special Collections), Business and Government Publications Library, Steacie Science Library and the Law Library on the Keele campus, and the Leslie Frost Library at Glendon.

The book collections are growing at the rate of over 40,000 volumes a year and number more than 2,300,000 volumes. The libraries also house growing collections of databases, electronic journals, microforms, maps, films, videos, archives, sound recordings, compact discs etc., which bring the total collection to more than 5,000,000 items. Materials are selected to support the instructional and research programs of the University. The stacks in each library are open to all members of the academic community and, under certain circumstances, to the public. Individual study carrels are available. Reference services are offered in all University libraries. These include workshops and instruction in using the collections, electronic resources, Internet resources, and developing research skills.

Information on the University libraries' resources, programs and services may be found via the Library homepage at www.library.yorku.ca.

Lending Code

The York University Libraries exist to meet the information needs of faculty, students and staff at this University. Regulations, as stated in the Lending Code, are essential to assure fair access to the Libraries' collections, services and facilities. These regulations include the designation of specific loan periods, the restriction on the circulation of certain library materials, the definition of borrower privileges, and the definition of access to and use of library services and facilities. Privileges are granted subject to the continuing adherence to established library regulations.

A valid library card must be presented in order to borrow materials or to obtain other library services. Library cards are not transferable. The person named on the card is responsible for all library transactions made with the card.

Loan periods are established to provide reasonable access. Library materials must be returned on or before the date and/or time due. Notices are sent when materials are overdue. The non-receipt of overdue notices does not relieve the borrower from liability.

Sanctions, including the levying of fines, the assessment of charges for the replacement of library materials, and/or suspension of library privileges may be applied for failure to adhere to the Lending Code. Enquiries concerning the application of the Lending Code may be made to the appropriate Circulation Department. All borrowers may appeal the application of fines or sanctions.

The Lending Code is available in each library and through the library Web site at http://info.library.yorku.ca/policies/lending.htm.


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