Library Rules and Regulations

Article 1: Missions

The libraries concerned by these regulations are:

  • The University Library, BU
  • The Library of the Faculty of Hydrocarbons and Chemistry, BFHC
  • The Library of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, BFSI
  • The Library of the Faculty of Sciences, BFS
  • The Library of the Faculty of Law, BFD
  • The Library of the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Commercial Sciences, and Management Sciences, BFSESCSG
  • The Library of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, BIGEE

The UMBB libraries constitute a public service tasked with contributing to:

  • Acquiring, managing, and providing documents necessary for teaching and research
  • Welcoming and informing users
  • Training users in the use of documentary resources in various forms.

Article 2: Registration and Access

Access to UMBB libraries is open to all registered UMBB users within the limits of available space. Priority is given to users belonging to the original library.

Registration is done at the reception desk of each library.

Library cards are strictly personal and are required for access to the library and for any borrowing operation. They are valid for the current academic year.

Users from other faculties and institutes may access the libraries with authorization issued by their original library.

In addition to UMBB registered students, the following categories can benefit from library services:

  • UMBB staff members
  • Researchers from institutions linked by an agreement with UMBB
  • Students enrolled in programs under an agreement between UMBB and their institution
  • Trainees as part of cooperation with a foreign university
  • Final cycle students from other universities upon access request from their original library or faculty.

Article 3: Days and Opening Hours

The libraries are open from Sunday to Thursday as follows:

BU8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
BFSESCSG8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
BFSI8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
BFHC8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
BFD8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
BFS8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
BIGEE8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

The schedule may be modified during exam periods and university holidays. Opening hours and closure periods are posted in the premises and accessible on the UMBB Libraries’ portal (

Article 4: Conduct

Users must:

  • Maintain a quiet environment inside the library premises and behave respectfully.
  • Preserve the cleanliness of the place.
  • Not damage the premises, equipment, furniture, or documents.

They must refrain from:

  • Smoking or eating (refer to article 03 of executive decree No. 01-285 dated September 24, 2001, determining public places where the use of tobacco is prohibited and the modalities of enforcing this ban).
  • Using audio devices or mobile phones.
  • Engaging in any commercial activity or advertising.
  • Occupying more than one seat.
  • Entering unauthorized areas reserved for staff.
  • Distributing leaflets or affixing posters.

Photography, filming, recordings, reports, interviews, and surveys require prior authorization.

Article 5: Non-Compliance with Behavioral Rules

Failure to comply with behavioral rules will be sanctioned according to the severity of the observed offense:

  • A written warning notification.
  • A 3-month exclusion in case of recurrence.
  • Exclusion for the entire academic year and transmission of the file to the relevant university services.

Article 6: Document Access

On-site consultation of library catalogs and collections is primarily open to registered users. External borrowing and computer-based document research are subject to library registration.

Article 7: Document Consultation and Communication

A. Books must be handled with utmost care. It is prohibited to make annotations or marks, tear or damage pages, or take documents without authorization. B. Every user is responsible for their strictly personal library card, and all borrowing operations must be performed under their name. C. The number and duration of borrowed documents depend on the document type, user category, renewal, and document reservation. This information is displayed in the library premises and on the UMBB Libraries’ portal (, detailed in the Reader’s Guide. D. The user is responsible for their card and borrowed documents. In case of loss or theft of the card, immediate notification to the library is required for the issuance of a new duplicate card. E. Excluded from borrowing:

  • Periodicals, theses, and dissertations (unless specifically mentioned).
  • “Usual” works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, reference books, etc.
  • Any document labeled “excluded from borrowing.”
  • Special loans are possible on a duly motivated request and upon the Director’s approval.

F. Clearance: Upon re-registration at UMBB, users must provide the school services with a clearance certificate issued by their original libraries and the University Library, confirming their clearance regarding the borrowing service. This clearance is also required in case of transferring documents to another university or during diploma issuance. Borrowing procedures and formalities (internal and external) and other services are subject to potential modifications deemed necessary by the library management.

Article 8: Control and Sanctions

The personnel are responsible for enforcing the regulations. In this context, they are authorized to ask a user to present their card. In case of major disturbances, the university’s security services will be called upon.

A. Delay in Returning a Document Any delay in returning a borrowed document results in a suspension of borrowing equal to or greater than the delay period. The suspension duration may be reassessed by the management based on the nature of the delay and the type of borrowed documents. Failure to return a document results in the suspension of borrowing. In this case, the user’s file will be forwarded to the competent service until the document is returned.

B. Lost or Damaged Document Any lost or damaged document must be replaced or reimbursed by the user at a rate of 03 times the publisher’s public price. Document degradation will be penalized by:

  • A warning and a 3-month suspension of borrowing.
  • In case of recurrence, the suspension duration will be extended until the year’s end, and the user’s file will be transmitted to the university’s competent services.

C. Attempted Theft of Equipment Any attempted theft of equipment will be penalized by:

  • A warning and a 3-month suspension of borrowing.
  • In case of recurrence, the suspension duration will be extended until the year’s end, and the user’s file will be transmitted to the university’s competent services.

Article 9: Security

In the event of an announced alert, users must immediately evacuate the premises and comply with the instructions of the library’s personnel and security agents.

Article 10: Rules for Using Computer Resources and Equipment

Library computer stations are reserved for document research. Users must refrain from using their messaging and adhere to proper usage rules. The libraries’ computer resources must be used in compliance with current legislation, intellectual property codes, publisher’s licensing agreements, and UMBB’s computer charter. Modifying equipment configurations is prohibited. Non-compliance with these rules results in immediate exclusion from the library premises.