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Library: Policies and Regulations

Our professional team of staff offer a wide range of services to all students and staff at QM and visitors. From help with joining and borrowing; enquiry service, interlibrary loans and photocopying as well as subject support from Liaison Librarians.

About Policies and Regualations

QMU has various policies and regulations to which staff and students are expected to adhere. These include the use of institutional IT, library regulations, photocopying and scanning. You will also find links to our mission statement, collection management policy, eTheses deposit policy and others.

If you have any queries about any of these regulations of policies please contact LRCHelp@qmu.ac.uk

Mission Statement

The Mission statement of the Queen Margaret University Library Service is to -

support teaching, learning and research across all subject areas in the University, and to provide for the information needs, whether print based, electronic or audiovisual of all staff, students and researchers.

Policies and Regualtions

Acceptable Use Policy

Queen Margaret University provides students and staff with access to information and communication technology and electronic resources, subject to the provisions of the Acceptable Use Policy. This can be found here.

Library Regulations

Use of the the QMU Library service, its resources both print and electronic, and conduct when in the Learning Resource Centre are covered by the QMU Library Regulations. A copy of which can be found here.

Photocopying and Scanning in Higher Education

Any photocopying or scanning undertaken by any member of the QMU community is governed by the terms of the UK Copyright Licencing Agency Photocopying and Scanning Licence for HE. A copy of the QMU Copyright Policy can be found here

In addition any photocopying or scanning undertaken by any member of the QMU community is governed by the terms of the UK Copyright Licencing Agency Photocopying and Scanning Licence for HE. Please see the Copying, Scanning and Photocopying guide at for further information about the terms and uses of this licence.

Collection Management Policy

The management of the QMU LRC collections, whether they be book or journal, print or electronic are guided by the Collection Management Policy, a copy of which can be found here.

eTheses Access Policy

The University mandates the deposit of all PhD, Masters and selected undergraduate dissertations and projects into the eTheses institutional repository. Access to Masters and UG dissertations is restricted to QMU staff and students.

A copy of the policy is available here.

eResearch Deposit Policy

Content may be deposited in eResearch, the University Institutional Repository for research output, in line with the terms of the eResearch Deposit Policy.

Knowledge Exchange and the use of licensed resources

The electronic resources available through the LRC - e-journals, databases and e-books, are all purchased under licence, with agreements either directly with the publisher or the negotiating agent, e.g. JISC Collections or the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library. Further information about the use of electronic resources in Knowledge Exchange can be found here.