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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you are welcome during the opening hours to enjoy a book on the premises.

The AMI Library is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Yes, you have to complete the application form and provide proof of identification and pay the membership fee to start borrowing books.

We offer either borrowing or reference-only membership. Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) faculty and members of staff have free access to the library. AMI Library membership fees are as follows:

AMI Students and Alumni:

  • Borrowing: £25.00 per year
  • Reference: £15.00 per year

External Members

  • Borrowing: £30.00 per year
  • Reference: £20.00 per year

You can become a member online using our application form.

As soon as you have registered and paid the membership fee, you are set to borrow books right away.

If you are an AMI member of staff or student, you can borrow a maximum of 15 books at a time.

If you are an external member, you can borrow a maximum of 5 books at any one time.

If you are an AMI member of staff or student, you can borrow books for a period of 28 days.

If you are an external member, you can borrow books for a period of 14 days. Please note that the librarian reserves the right to recall books at any time.

Once you have your account login information emailed to you by the Librarian, you can do this in several ways:

  1. Log in to your account online and renew your books
  2. Come into the library and renew your books on our self-check out machines (you will need your library card to do this

Library members can renew their books up to 5 times. After this, you will need to return your books to the library before you can check them out again. If you anticipate that you will not be able to return your books in time, please let the librarian know as soon as possible.

The librarian reserves the right to recall books at any time.

You can only do this for books that are already out on loan to another user(s). You can reserve the item that you require online through your account by using the “place a hold” option or come in to the library and talk to the library staff.

Please return to the issue desk and see a member of staff. If the librarian is not available, please see reception at the front of the building who will be able to advise you.

Books ought to be returned before or on the date they are due. If they are late for any reason, a fine of 0.20p per book per day will be incurred.

You can do this by either paying in person in the AMI library or online by clicking here. If you have paid online, please ensure you inform the librarian so that they can remove the fines from your account.

You will be charged the cost of replacing the book plus a £10 administration fee.

Yes, please respect others by not talking or eating and remember to keep mobile phones on silent.

The librarian can ask you to leave the library and membership can be revoked.

Please make your way to the nearest fire exist immediately and meet at the fire assembly point.

For any further queries speak to one of our librarians in person or contact [email protected].