Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In


Using a valid AUC ID card, books may be borrowed at four locations in the Main Library:

  • Circulation desk located on the plaza level
  • Self-checkout unit located on the plaza level next to the circulation desk
  • Self-checkout unit located on the first floor next to the stairs
  • Self-checkout unit located on the second floor next to the stairs

Self-checkout units will issue a receipt that should be kept as a reminder of the due date.
If assistance is needed please do not hesitate to contact circulation staff members.

You are accountable for items borrowed on your ID so never let another person use your ID card or borrow items for another person.

Loan Periods

Patrons who have a valid borrowing ID card that is in good standing

(i.e., no fines, no overdue) may borrow materials as specified below:

Patron type  Loan Periods Maximum Books
 Faculty and Administrators   Academic Semester  25
 Faculty Spouse  14 days
 Adjunct Faculty   Academic Semester      25
 Emeritus Professors      Academic Semester   15
 SCE Instructors   28 days        15
 Graduate Students        42 days   25
 Undergraduate Students      28 days      20
 Staff         28 days       5
 Teaching Assistant  28 days 5
 Research Assistant  14 days 3
 SCE Students      14 days 3
 Alumni       14 days  5
 Visitors (with borrowing privileges)  14 days   3

Returns and Fines

Books should be returned on or before the due date in the "Return Books" slot at the circulation desk, or at the library entrance. Books not returned on time to the proper location will result in a fine.

An overdue book will automatically block a patron from borrowing. The library will send patrons with overdue books two overdue notices. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt a borrower from a fine.

The library will consider an item "LOST" after 60 working days overdue.
The cost of a lost book (fines and processing fees not included) will be refunded if the book is returned within three months. 

Please note that a hold on registering for classes will be placed automatically on patrons with overdue fines on their account.

1. Late Return
Item Fine per working day:

From 1 - 10 days: 50 PT
After 10 days: 150 PT
Maximum Fine: LE 50 

2. Lost Items
If the item is lost the charge will be:
Fine charges + overhead charges (LE 50) + replacement cost


Books can be renewed on or before the due date provided there is no hold on the book in the following locations in the Main Library:

Circulation Desk -- located on the plaza level
By telephone: 20.2.2615.4827; By email:
Through the library website

Holds, Searches and Recalls

If a book is checked out, circulation staff members can place a "hold" on the checked out item. When the item is available a notice will be sent to the patron and the book will be held for pick-up for seven days at the circulation desk.

If a book is not checked out and not on the shelf, a search request form may be filled out at the circulation desk. Staff members will search for the item. Patrons will receive a notice about the outcome of the search. Found items will be held for pick-up for seven days at the circulation desk.

All books are subject to recall 14 days after their first checkout date, and/or at any time for reserve use.


Library Hours