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National Central Library Reader Service Directions
National Central Library Reader Service Directions
March 21, 1983 : The NCL 10th General Affairs Meeting passed the “NCL Borrowing & Reading procedures”
Chapter 1 General Principles
1. The National Central Library (hereinafter referred to as the Library) in accordance with Article 8 of the Library Law formulates the Directions.
2. The primary mission of the Library is to archive national publications and preserve cultural assets. Its paper-based collections may only be read within the library facility and may not be taken out of its premises.
3. Except otherwise provided, all readers shall have equal, free-of-charge access to the Library’s reader service equipment, facilities and library collections.
Chapter 2 Library Card Application
4. Readers shall present library cards for entry to the reading area and for access to the library collections.
5. Those who meet any of the following requirements may apply for a library card:
6. Library card applications are accepted from 9:00AM until 30 minutes before the Library is closes during scheduled working days. No library card applications will be accepted during national holidays or scheduled days-off.
7. Applicants applying for a library card shall submit one one-inch photo showing an uncovered head taken within the past year, fill out the application form, and in accordance with Clause 1 thru 3 of Article 5 of the Directions submit them with the following documents in person:
8. To facilitate reader access to the library collections, the Library may in addition to the provisions set forth in Articles 5 and 7 of the Directions accept application for a temporary card without submission of the photo.
9. In the event the library card is damaged or lost, the reader shall file an application for replacement and pay the processing fee in accordance with the provisions set forth in Articles 7 and 8 of the Directions.
Chapter 3 Reader’s Access to Library Books/Information
10. To facilitate readers’ access to the library collections, the Library may establish various reading areas, of which the opening hours and library collections access time shall be announced separately.
11. The Library establishes carrels for readers to access library collections and conduct academic studies. Regulations of the carrels shall be formulated separately.
12. Readers may retrieve any of the library collections from the shelves of each reading room for reading. Readers desiring to carry the material out of the reading room need to follow the registration procedures.
13. The reading room of the Library may be closed temporarily for inventory, cleaning or other reasons deemed necessary.
14. Readers may not carry their knapsacks, handbags, food or drinks into the Library. However, knapsacks and handbags that meet the following requirements may be carried into the Library pursuant to the approval of the Library:
15. Readers may carry personal books into the personal study room, but may not carry them into other reading rooms.
16. Readers must be quiet in the Library. Smoking, eating, loud noises, uproars, loud talking/laughing and other unbecoming behaviors are not allowed in the Library.
Chapter 4 Reference Service
17. To help readers locate library collections and access library resources, each reading room in the Library provides reference services through various mediums, including oral, written, phone, email, and the internet.
18. Through the internet, the Library offers online catalog searches and document delivery services.
19. The Library offers guided tour services, library collection access guidance and visitor’s touring services.
20. In conjunction with provisions pertinent to interlibrary cooperation in loaning and duplication of library books, the Library provides relevant services.
Chapter 5 Request of Library Books/Information
21. Readers may use online public access catalogue in the Library to find books. Then, they may request items by filling out a request slip online or manually and a showing a library card. Readers may also reserve items online and pick them up within the designated timeframe.
22. Regulations on request of library material:
23. Library collections must be read in the same reading area from which they are requested. After reading, the requested library collections must be returned to the librarians.
24. Readers for the purpose of personal studies may in accordance with the Copyright Act copy Library material. The cost of photocopies shall be paid by the reader.
25. Regulations concerning the rare book room shall be formulated separately.
Chapter 6 Violations
26. In the event a reader violates the Directions and refuses to comply with the admonitions from Library staff, the Library may in accordance with the severity of the violation ask the reader to leave the premises and suspend his/her library privileges.
27. In accordance with requirements of the Law on the Communicable Disease Control Act, readers who have a legally-defined epidemic disease may not enter the Library.
28. Readers may not apply for a second library card or allow others to use their library cards. The privileges of readers found to have applied for a second library card, or allowed others to use their library cards, or claimed/used other’s library card may be suspended.
29. Readers are expected to take good care of Library collections. In the event theft, damage, loss, vandalizing, or contamination, library privileges will be suspended and one of the following actions taken, depending on the nature of the violation:
Chapter 7 Supplementary Provisions
31. Readers who require the assistance of others for normal daily activities must be accompanied and attended to when visiting the Library. Those accompanying such persons must meet the entrance requirements for the Library.
32. Readers may not move the warning sign of the Library or enter the warning zone (cleaning or construction area) without authorization. Readers who slip or fall because of failure to comply with this requirement shall be responsible for the consequence and may not demand damages from the Library or the vendor.
33. Any formulation, revision, or deletion of the Directions must be approved by the administrative meeting of the Library.