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Marshall Library FAQs

How much are your fines?

This varies from the type of book you are borrowing, and whether it's term time or not. Please check

our Loan periods / overdue charges page. We encourage you to pay fines online (see

I'm not a member of the Faculty of Economics, or of the Centre of Development Studies, can I use your library?

If you are a member of the University of Cambridge you should briefly read our Who can borrow? page. If you are not a member of our university, we cannot currently let you borrow items from our Library, but at certain times of the year (primarily out-of-term time) you might be able to consulting our items in our Library. If you are interested in this please contact us.

What's the difference between a hold and a recall?

Placing a hold on an item means that the current borrower cannot renew the item; so s/he will need to return it latest on the date when it is due (you can see this date on the catalogue). If the book is returned late, the person who borrowed it needs to pay fines.

A recall should be used when the due date of the book you want to consult is 5 days or more away ; our non-Short Loan books on the open shelves and our basement items are initially issued for 4 weeks, and readers can - in theory - renew them five times.

In both cases the borrower who has got the book you want cannot renew the book any more.

I lost one of your books, what are the replacement costs?

The costs vary, and it's best to contact us as soon as you believe that you have lost an item from the Marshall Library. For an idea of the costs, please read the Library Rules' number 5.

Does the Marshall Library have a subscription for...?

  • The Economist (yes: print and online)
  • The Financial Times (print only!)

I've got a question which is not listed above, or answered by our "How to..." or Library Guide?

Please contact us.