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Circulation & Reserve

Policies & Fines

Only books from the main collection circulate -- these books are shelved on the lower level. The Reference Collection, which consists of dictionaries, directories and other factual sources of information, does not circulate. As well, all bound and unbound journals (periodicals) do not leave the library. Items in the Reserve Collection, including laptop computers, can be signed out for short term loan (see Borrowing Books: Loan Periods). Furthermore, reserve items can be taken out of the library.

Regular loans: 40 cents per day per item
Recalled items: $1.50 per day per item
Reserve items: 1 or 3 hour loans:   2 cents per minute per item
1 day loans:   $12 per day per item
3 day loans:   $12 per day per item


To access the Queen's University Library system's web page regarding the payment of Fines and Fees click here.


There are two photocopiers available for public use in Bracken Library - one on the lower level and one on the main floor. Both are operated by Vendacards and the photocopier on the main floor will also accept coins. Vendacards may be purchased with cash from the Vendacard machine near the Circulation Desk or may be charged to a Queen's financial services code. You can only purchase a Vendacard via a grant or departmental account from the Access Services staff, Monday to Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The cost per page for photocopying is 11 cents if you use a Vendacard. However, if you elect to use coins for photocopying, the cost is 15 cents per page. Change is not available at the Circulation Desk. For more detailed information, inquire at the Circulation Desk or call 613-533-2510. A photocopy service is available through the Document Services department.



Items on reserve can be located in QCAT - the Queen's University Library Catalogue. When requesting a reserve item, please provide the staff with the appropriate call number.


Forms for placing materials on Reserve are available at the Circulation Desk. These forms can be sent to your office via campus mail upon request.

The Circulation staff will accept electronic requests for placing materials on Reserve. The Bracken Library electronic reserves request form address is http://library.queensu.ca/librequest/hs_reservereq.htm. The following information is required:

  • Department and Course Number
  • Instructor's Name and Phone Number
  • Anticipated or previous course enrollment
  • Term Required
  • Full Citation of the Book or Article.

The Instructor is responsible for providing a photocopy of the article(s).

NOTE: Please allow adequate time for processing. Books in the Bracken collection or instructor's personal books may require up to one week for processing. Books NOT owned by Bracken or the instructor may take SEVERAL MONTHS to arrive after being ordered.

Last Updated: 26 November 2014