Rules of Operation of the Library
Rules of Operation of the Library
In Prague, 13 January 2020
Dean’s Directive No. 1/2020,
The Rules of Operation of the Library of the Faculty of Law of Charles University
Under Article 11 (2) of the Constitution of Faculty of Law of Charles University, following Article 7 (2) of the Rector’s Directive No 36/2019, Charles University Library and Circulation Rules, and to implement Article 24 (3) of the Constitution of Faculty of Law of Charles University, we issue this Dean’s Directive:
(1) The library of the Faculty of Law (“the Library”) is a unit of the faculty for the provision of library and information services and other services under the Libraries Act.
(2) The Library is a sectional library of the CU Library.
(3) The Library is located in the building of the Faculty of Law of Charles University (“the Faculty”). Its public areas are located on the ground floor and on the first below-ground floor of the Faculty. Storerooms which are not public areas of the Library are located on the first and second below-ground floors of the Faculty.
(4) Basic library and information services are provided free of charge. The payment of costs may be requested only for services and acts provided in the Libraries Act.
Hours of Operation of the Library
(1) The Library provides its services during set hours of operation. They are visibly displayed on the entrance door to the Library and on its website.
(2) Any sudden or unexpected changes in the hours of operation are always announced on the Library’s notice boards, its website, and its Facebook page.
Duties of Library Users
Basic Duties of Library Users
(1) Library users are obliged to get acquainted with and to follow:
a) these Rules of Operation;
b) the Charles University Library and Circulation Rules, and
c) the fire alarm regulations and fire evacuation plan.
(2) Library users must maintain peace, order, and cleanliness in the Library and to consider other users’ needs.
(3) Library users must follow the instructions of the Library staff and subject themselves to prescribed security checks necessary to maintain order and protect property.
(4) The Library premises may be used only for the purposes for which they are designed.
(5) The principles of safety, fire protection, and hygiene must always be followed by Library users in the Library. Library users must not handle technical equipment and equipment related to the distribution of water, gas, or heating.
Admission to the Library
(1) Admission to the Library is permitted upon presentation of the Charles University Card. If the user fails to produce this Card, he may use the Library’s services only after the payment of the costs of the administrative act relating to the recording of such admission according to the annex to this Dean’s directive.
(2) Library users must leave their coats, jackets, and personal luggage in the faculty cloakroom or in the lockers located at the entrance to the Library before entering it.
(3) Library users may enter only the public part of the Library. They may enter other parts of the Library only with permission and in the company of a person in charge.
(1) A Library user is entitled to use only one workplace in the study hall.
(2) The reservation of workplaces is permitted only in the study hall for scholars and researchers and the group study hall.
(3) Library users must not smoke, use mobile phones, or bring food and drinks to the premises of the Library. Only clear, non-alcoholic beverages in lockable containers are permitted.
(1) Library users must use Library materials with due care and protect them from damage.
(2) It is prohibited to remove any items of the Library collection from the premises without properly checking them out. Both the Library collection and the premises feature an electronic security system.
Consequences of the Breach of Rules
(1) Library users who fail to maintain peace, order, and cleanliness in the Library or to consider other users’ needs may be requested to leave the Library premises.
(2) The right to use Library services may be suspended or withdrawn from the user in the case of serious or repeated breaches of these Rules.
(3) The decision to cancel or suspend the right to use Library services is made by the director of the Library. This decision does not relieve the user of the duty to compensate for damage caused in accordance with the relevant legislation.
Rules for the Use of Lockers
(1) The lockers at the entrance of the Library are to be used for storing personal items, namely outer garments and average-sized bags, during the user’s stay in the Library.
(2) Library users may use the lockers only for storing appropriate items; use is free of charge.
(3) Lockers are not intended for storing money, jewellery, laptops, mobile phones, cameras, and other valuable items. These valuables may be deposited in lockers solely at the user’s own risk and the Faculty is not responsible for possible damage to or loss thereof.
(4) Users must not put in the lockers any items that could damage or dirty them, nor any things that could bother or endanger others.
(5) The user may borrow a key for a locker from a Library staff member. The user must empty the locker and return the key before leaving the Library. It is prohibited to take the keys out of the Library premises.
Procedure for Non-Returning of the Locker Key
(1) Should the locker key not be returned by the end of the Library’s hours of operation on the relevant day, the Library staff is entitled to open the locker and check its contents for safety reasons.
(2) The locker will be opened under paragraph (1) by at least two members of the Library staff; they will check and then remove and register the contents of the locker, and put them in a safe place. They will write a report on the inspection of the locker.
(3) The user must come to the Library in person to collect his items, produce his ID, describe the contents of the locker, and sign the acknowledgment of receipt.
(4) If the user fails to collect his items within 45 days, the items will be regarded as items of negligible value (abandoned items) and the Faculty will treat them according to the relevant legislation.
(5) If the library user fails to return the locker key by the closing of the Library or loses the key, he has a duty to cover the costs according to the annex to these rules.
Group Study Hall
Rules for the Use of the Group Study Hall
(1) The group study hall may be used only for study, scholarly work, faculty group projects, and events organized by the Library.
(2) The group study hall is equipped with connections to the electricity network and Wi-Fi.
(3) The group study hall may be used only by users of the Library after presentation of a Charles University Card.
(4) Members of the Library staff are entitled to enter the group study hall at any time. In case of infringement of the rules, users may be requested to leave the study hall.
Reservation of the Group Study Hall
(1) The group study hall may be reserved on the website of the Library or with the members of the Library staff, either in person or by phone.
(2) The group study hall may not be reserved more than three weeks in advance.
(3) The name of a contact person, the number of members of the group, and the time schedule must be provided when making the reservation.
(4) The reservation may be made for a maximum of two successive blocks of one hour.
(5) Should the group study hall not be reserved for another group, the time may be extended. Extension is performed by a member of the Library staff at the circulation desk.
(6) If the user fails to appear at the reserved time, the reservation will be cancelled after 15 minutes.
Entering the Group Study Hall
(1) The key to the group study hall is issued by a member of the Library staff at the circulation desk.
(2) The Library user must check the condition of the group study hall upon entering and report possible defects to the Library staff at the circulation desk.
(3) It is prohibited to take the key to the group study hall out of the Library premises. Should the key be lost or not returned, the user will cover the costs of changing the lock.
(4) The key is to be returned to the Library staff at the circulation desk after finishing work in the group study hall.
Computers and Reprographic Equipment
Rules for the Use of Computers and Reprographic Equipment
(1) Computers in the Library may be used by users of the Library exclusively for the purpose corresponding to the function of the Library.
(2) With the exception of computers enabling access to the Library’s electronic catalogue, computers in the Library may be used only by the users of the Library who are students of the Faculty or employees assigned to the Faculty and who received a user name from the information technologies office. No more than two persons may simultaneously work at such a computer.
(3) A user can work on the Internet only under his own user name and is responsible for any possible misuse of rights by a third party.
(4) The user must log out after finishing his work on the PC in the Library.
(5) Library users may use self-service reprographic equipment for printing, copying, and scanning.
(6) It is prohibited to handle computers and reprographic equipment in a manner beyond ordinary use, in particular to change cables, to move equipment, and to alter the configuration of computers.
(7) The user must report any defect of a computer and reprographic equipment to the Library staff immediately.
(8) Library users may use their own end equipment, such as notebooks, tablets, and mobile phones, and connect them to the eduroam network via Wi-Fi.
Common, Repealing, and Final Provisions
Legal relations not regulated by this provision are governed by generally binding legislation, particularly by the Higher Education Institutions Act and the Civil Code as well as the Charles University and Law Faculty regulations.
The Dean’s Directive No. 13/2016 to issue The Rules and Regulations of the Library of the Law Faculty of Charles University is hereby repealed.
This directive comes into effect on the date of its announcement and publishing on the website of the Library.
Prof. JUDr. Jan Kuklík, DrSc.
Dean of LF CU
Appendix to the Dean’s Directive - List of Fees
 § 4 of Act No. 257/2001 Sb. regulating libraries and terms of operating library and information services for the public (Libraries Act), as amended.
 § 4 and 5 of the Libraries Act.