Visit regulations

These visit regulations set out users’ rights and responsibilities: access to libraries, consulting documents, loan conditions, charges for overdue items, replacement fees...

The aim of the present regulations is to define the conditions for visiting spaces which are open to the public, and for using the services provided by Lyon’s network of municipal libraries, as set out in Mayoral decision n°23250 of the 1st of September 2015.


Article 1/ The network of municipal libraries in Lyon is made up of one central library: the Part-Dieu Library, a bibliobus service, and municipal libraries (one in the 1st district, one in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, one in the 4th, two in the 5th, one in the 6th, three in the 7th, one in the 8th, and three in the 9th). City of Lyon municipal libraries are a public service designed to provide leisure activities, information, education, and culture for all. Anyone is free to access public areas and consult, on site, items in the collections held there, free of charge.

Article 2/ In order for libraries to function properly, certain rules must be in place with the aim of ensuring that everyone’s rights are respected and maintaining public order. To this effect, the visit regulations define users’ rights and responsibilities.
All users are, by the fact of their presence on the property, their subscription, or their use of library services, subject to the present regulations – which shall be displayed in each establishment and made available on the Bml website – and agree to abide by these regulations.

Article 3/ Library staff are there to help users make the best possible use of library resources.
Staff are also responsible for ensuring this public service functions properly. They are responsible for the security of property and persons. To this end they are in charge, under the authority of the Director, of ensuring the visit regulations are adhered to. Users are bound to obey instructions from BmL staff relating to services, security or emergencies, and more generally to ensure that this public service functions properly.

Article 4/ The present regulations are applicable, in their entirety, without prejudice to any particular provisions which may apply:

  • to library users in the Lyon network;
  • in specific libraries;
  • to individuals or groups which have permission to use certain spaces for meetings, receptions, conferences, concerts, performances, or various other ceremonies
  • to any person unknown to the service who is present in the establishment, including for professional reasons.

The present regulations do not constitute conditions of use specific to websites edited by Lyon municipal Library: visitors are invited to consult the conditions of use available on the site.


Article 5/ All members of the public are welcome to visit Lyon’s municipal libraries, regardless of their age, where they live, and whether or not they have a subscription.
However, any individual who does not comply with the present regulations may be denied entry to municipal libraries.

Access to libraries

To ensure everybody’s security :

Article 6/ Persons behaving in an abnormal fashion, which may be a result of having ingested alcohol or other substances, will be denied entry to libraries.

Article 7/ Minors visiting libraries do so under the sole responsibility of their parents or legal guardians. Children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and must not be left unsupervised by them – the adult must accompany them whilst on library property.

Article 8/ The following is not permitted in our libraries
• alcohol, illicit substances, or dangerous objects
• animals, apart from those accompanying persons with disabilities
• bicycles
• the use of roller skates, skateboards, or scooters
• blocking thoroughfares and evacuation routes
• entering staff-only spaces

Article 9/ Staff may reassign a place left by the previous occupant, even if the latter has left their personal effects there. These belongings may be collected from a member of staff.
Users are advised not to leave their personal belongings unattended; the BmL assumes no responsibility in case of theft.

Article 10/ Under the authority of the Director, staff may:
• deny access to the establishment in case of overcrowding, or if public order or the security of persons or property are in danger.
• eject anyone who, through their behaviour or speech, shows a lack of respect for other members of the public or members of staff.

Article 11/ As part of the ’Vigipirate’ plan, visitors may be required to allow staff to check their personal effects before being allowed entry.
In order to prevent violation of the security of persons or property, some spaces are under video surveillance.

General expected behaviour

Article 12/ In order to maintain a welcoming, pleasant, calm, and respectful environment for all users, impeccable behaviour is expected from both staff and anyone visiting the establishment.
The following is therefore prohibited :
• walking around barefoot or taking your shoes off
• using roller skates, skateboards, or scooters
• wearing clothing or adopting an attitude which may lead to a breach of public order, or which is an infringement of current legislation
• having personal hygiene which is an annoyance to others
• leaving papers or other rubbish on the floor, including chewing gum and tissues.
• spitting
• lying down or sleeping
• using the toilets for purposes other than those they are intended for (laundry or washing...)
• displaying threatening or aggressive behaviour – verbal or physical – towards other visitors or members of staff
• using BmL establishments to hold events, gatherings, or collective activities not approved beforehand by the BmL

Article 13/ Visitors must abstain from any activity which undermines good visiting conditions.
The following is therefore not permitted:
• smoking or vaping
• causing annoyance to other visitors and staff by making noise, in particular by using mobile phones, which must be placed in silent mode on entering the library.
• begging on library property
• any form of trade, publicity, propaganda, or proselytising
• carrying out polls or surveys
• handing out leaflets, petitions, written or printed prospectuses, or objects

Article 14/ Visitors must keep the premises, equipment and documents, and public property clean and in good condition.

The following is therefore not permitted:
• ripping, turning down the corners of pages, annotating, underlining, marking, crossing out, or cutting documents, or getting them wet.
• damaging the furniture or the space (rubbish, chewing gum, graffiti...).
• moving furniture without prior authorisation from BmL staff.
• touching or leaning on exhibition documents, windows, and exhibition decor.
• unplugging the library’s electronic devices without permission from a member of staff.
• touching decor and items, as well as stands and wall or presentation fixings.
• crossing barriers or systems which members of the public are not supposed to cross.
• flash photography of exhibited works

Outside the areas where eating and drinking is specifically authorised, drinking is allowed only from closed containers, and eating is not permitted.

Specific provisions

Article 15/ The BmL’s express authorisation must be sought for:
• all visits in large groups. For security reasons, the size of each group may be restricted in certain areas.
• any investigation or study concerning the library, its staff or users: BmL requests a copy of the results.
• putting up posters or information sheets for visitors.
• any filming, photography, or recording on their premises. This must be carried out in accordance with individuals’ image rights and the intellectual property rights associated with the works involved, this being the responsibility of the person requesting the authorisation.

For Part-Dieu: Services des Publics
For libraries in other arrondissements: library managers
Tel: +33 (0) 4 78 62 18 00

Measures to be taken if regulations are not adhered to

Article 16/ In the event that instructions from staff or provisions in the present regulations are not adhered to, staff may immediately remove the individual concerned from the BmL. This may be followed by a temporary 3-month suspension.
If the user has already been suspended in the previous 12 months, any further suspension will be double the aforementioned duration.
Throughout this period of suspension, the excluded user will not have access to any of the services available at the various libraries, including those reserved for members.
At the end of the period of suspension, the individual involved can ask for their membership to be reactivated, allowing them to borrow items;
Any verbal or physical aggression on the part of a user towards BmL staff or a member of the public will be subject to criminal and civil proceedings.


General provisions

Article 17/ BmL collections are made available to users in accordance with the law, in particular the provisions of the ’Code de la Propriété Intellectuelle’ (Code on intellectual property), as well as contractual agreements between the BmL and those who have donated or provided documents.

Article 18/ Anyone is free to consult documents held by the BmL, free of charge, and collections are open to all, apart from heritage collections (ancient archives, vinyl, and local archives), access to which is subject to a reasoned request and prior authorisation from the BmL.
Documents can be consulted in any of the library’s reading spaces, with the exception of:
• ancient archives, which may only be consulted in their dedicated room, where only ancient archives are allowed;
• archives preserving regional documentation, which may only be consulted in the room dedicated to regional documentation;
• heritage disc collections (phonograph records, 78s, CDs from local archives) which may only be consulted in the Music department.

Article 19/ Aside from the aforementioned restrictions, there is a priori no set limit for the number of items which may be consulted, or for how long, but BmL staff may impose such limits if items are held to the detriment of other users.
Minors accessing documents do so under the responsibility of their parents.

Article 20/ Documents which are not directly accessible on library shelves can be consulted by asking a member of staff; the user must provide photo identification.

Consultation methods

Article 21/ When consulting material at a BmL site, documents made available to users must be kept in good condition.
Users must not therefore damage documents: underlining, turning down the corners of pages, annotating, cutting out, crossing out, marking, getting them wet...
Any damage caused to material is the responsibility of the individual who was consulting it (or their legal guardian) and they will receive an invoice for the cost of replacement (appendix: table of charges).

Article 22/ Microfilm, phonograph records, and 78s, as well as CDs from local archives, cannot be borrowed, and can only be consulted on the equipment provided by the BmL for this purpose.

Article 23/ Only DVDs and videos for which the BmL has acquired viewing rights may be viewed at the BmL, whether on personal or BmL equipment. A member of BmL staff must authorise this viewing, and headphones must be worn to avoid disturbing other users. If IT workstations are used for this purpose, it must be in accordance with the general rules governing the use of IT workstations.

Article 24/ BmL CDs can be listened to on site using personal equipment (apart from local archive CDs) or listening stations. Headphones must be worn to avoid disturbing other users.

Article 25/ Material freely available to users may only be copied in accordance with the relevant regulations, and only for private use, without damaging the material.
The BmL provides users with equipment for copying printed material (excluding scores and scripts, which may not be copied). Copying entire documents using this equipment is not permitted.
For ancient archives and regional collections, copying must be arranged with a member of BmL staff: for fragile, valuable, rare, or ancient documents, which users may not copy themselves, we offer a copying service for a fee.
Copying CDs, videos, and DVDs using BmL equipment is not permitted, including for personal use.


Article 26/ The use of personal computers and tablets is authorised in our libraries, and access to the BmL Wifi network is open to everyone, free of charge, without conditions. However, users are warned that the BmL cannot guarantee privacy, and shall not be held responsible for any damage to computers or other digital equipment which may occur on BmL property.

Article 27/ the BmL provides free access to IT stations which allow users to consult the BmL catalogue, access various software programs, including office software, access the Internet, and use their own USB sticks.
A manual covering access to digital services sets out how to use them and the precautions which should be taken.
In order to ensure access for as many users as possible, use of IT stations may be subject to a time limit for each individual: when beginning a session the user may therefore be required to identify themselves. Certain stations may be reserved for certain age groups, to ensure younger people have access to computers.

Article 28/ Viewing sites or videos/DVDs of a violent, homophobic, xenophobic, or pornographic nature, or which may offend or upset members of the public, is not permitted at the BmL.
In accordance with article 40 of the French Criminal Procedure Code, any misdemeanour or criminal behaviour will be referred immediately to the French public prosecutor (Procureur de la République).

Article 29/ There is a charge for printing from IT stations (see appendix on BmL charges).


Conditions for access

Article 30/ Internet access is free of charge and open to all BmL visitors.
Minors using this service do so under the sole responsibility of their parents or legal guardians.

Specific obligations regarding the Internet

Article 31/ Lyon municipal Library reminds users that information found on the Internet may be protected by copyright laws or may contravene the relevant legal provisions. Users may not therefore use the internet to publish or download any data which is illicit, in breach of moral standards or public order, or which undermines or is likely to undermine the rights of a third party, including intellectual property rights.

Article 32/ Users are expressly reminded that the Internet is not a secure network. With this in mind, it is the user’s responsibility to take all appropriate measures to protect their own data and/or software, including from contamination by any viruses which may be in circulation on the Internet, and from intrusion by a third party into their device’s system (laptop, electronic organiser, or mobile phone) for any purpose, and to backup any data on their laptop or electronic organiser before and after using the service.

Article 33/ Users acknowledge that they have been fully informed of the unreliable nature of the Internet, in particular in terms of the lack of security regarding data transmission and the fact that there is no guarantee in terms of performance regarding the volume and speed of data transmission.
Users acknowledge that they have been informed that the completeness, authentication, and confidentiality of information and data files of any nature that they wish to exchange on the Internet cannot be guaranteed on this network.
Users must therefore refrain from sending messages over the Internet if they want a failsafe guarantee regarding their confidentiality.

Article 34/ Users shall refrain from all fraudulent, abusive, or excessive use of the service, including activities such as voluntary or involuntary overloading of the Lyon municipal Library message server and/or email recipients via indiscriminate direct mail advertising (spamming, bulk email or email bombing), or of the library network, or sending messages designed to attract a high number of responses (teasing or trolling) which may thus disrupt the availability of said servers or network, and assume full responsibility for such use of the Internet access service provided by the BmL.

Article 35/ Regarding products or services on the Internet, users shall address any complaints regarding the execution of services rendered or the sale of products directly to the content providers in question.

Article 36/ Furthermore, Lyon municipal Library forewarns users of the nature and variety of content available on the Internet, which may cause harm to minors.

Users’ legal obligations

Article 37/ The BmL would like to draw users’ attention to the provisions in article L.336-3 of French intellectual property law (Code de la propriété intellectuelle, henceforth "CPI") which state that:
"The named individual accessing public communication services online must ensure that this access is not used for the purposes of copying, representing, making available, or communicating to the public works or objects which are protected by copyright or neighbouring rights, without authorisation, if required, from the owners of the rights set out in books I and II. A breach of the obligation set out in the first paragraph by the named individual accessing these services does not result in the interested party taking legal responsibility."

Article 38/ Users are informed that this being the case, they may receive a warning from the French Commission for rights protection of the High Authority for the diffusion of works and the protection of rights on the Internet (HADOPI: Commission de protection des droits de la Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet) if the latter becomes aware of something which may constitute a breach of the obligation to monitor Internet access.

Article 39/ Furthermore, users are informed that any violation of copyright and neighbouring rights by the user under the CPI is a crime punishable by the criminal penalties set out in articles L.335-2 to L335-9 of the CPI. In addition, users risk sanctions under civil law to compensate for the harm caused to the injured parties.

The City of Lyon’s responsibilities

Article 40/ Lyon municipal Library takes no responsibility for content which may be accessed on the Internet or for harm which may result from its use, unless this harm was caused intentionally by the Library.
Given the confidentiality which private correspondence must be afforded, Lyon municipal Library has no control over the content or nature of any data transmitted or received by users on their network or over the Internet.
Exceptions may be made to this confidentiality rule within the limits set out in the law, at the request of public or legal authorities.

Article 41/ Lyon municipal Library shall not be held responsible for the use of data and information which the user may have uploaded onto, or collected from, the Internet.
Lyon municipal Library takes no responsibility for the consequences of fraudulent, abusive, or excessive use of the service by individuals or groups of users, including activities such as voluntary or involuntary overloading of the Lyon municipal Library message server or email recipients via indiscriminate direct mail advertising (spamming, bulk email or email bombing), or of the library network, or sending messages designed to attract a high number of responses (teasing or trolling) which may thus disrupt the availability of said servers or network.

Article 42/ Lyon municipal Library shall not be held responsible:
• in the event that a network card is not compatible with Lyon municipal Library’s public Wifi network (including due to laptop or card settings being incompatible with those of the library’s public Wifi network),
• in case of misuse of the service by the user,
• in case of incorrect installation and/or incorrect configuration and/or malfunction of the user’s laptop or electronic organiser and/or network card,
• in the event that the user does not fulfil their obligations,
• in case of use which does not conform with the usage instructions for the service,
• in the event that a company’s private virtual network cannot be accessed over the Internet,
• in case of disruption and/or total or partial unavailability, and/or of suspension of all or part of the services available on networks operated by third parties,
• in case of force majeure in the terms of the French Court of Appeal (Cour de Cassation)

Users’ responsibilities

Article 43/ The user is solely responsible for any harm, material or otherwise, caused directly or indirectly, to Lyon municipal Library and/or to third parties through their use of the Library’s Internet service.


Article 44/ Communications carried out via the service have, in theory, the same level of security as any standard Internet communications. Complete protection against intrusion or eavesdropping cannot be guaranteed. Lyon municipal Library takes no responsibility for such occurrences.

Personal datal

Article 45/ In accordance with the relevant legal and regulatory provisions, Lyon municipal Library is obliged to collect and store electronic communication data regarding internet traffic. To this end, Lyon municipal Library may hand this data over to the relevant authorities to facilitate the investigation, observation, and prosecution of criminal offences, to prevent any activity of a terrorist nature, to ensure invoicing and payment for the service, or to ensure the security of networks and facilities.

Article 46/ Any user may request that Lyon municipal Library hand over any personal information concerning them, and may correct or delete it if necessary, in accordance with law n°78-17 on IT, files, and liberties, modified on the 6th of January 1978.
The right to access, correct, or delete this data can be exercised by contacting Lyon municipal Library.


Individual subscriptions

Article 47/ In order to borrow material, the user must be registered and must have a membership card. This card will be provided to anyone who requests it, on presenting proof of ID and filling in a subscription request form, which includes a signed statement of address, as well as documentary proof if the individual benefits from free access or reduced rates.

Article 48/ Subscriptions are personal and must be carried out by the interested party in person. However, if this is not possible, you can have a third party set up the subscription. This person must provide the documents indicated above, as well as a document designating a proxy. The membership card created will be given to this third party.

Article 49/ Minors may only subscribe under the responsibility of one of their parents or of their legal representative. In this case, an authorisation form must be duly filled in to allow the child to borrow material from the library.
For children under 11 years of age, the parent, legal representative, or an adult, must be present.

Article 50/ A subscription fee will be required. The cost, duration, and services provided as part of the various subscriptions are decided upon by the Municipal Council, and may be changed by order of the Mayor of Lyon (see appendix for fees). Subscriptions are valid for the duration of the chosen membership, starting from and ending on a specific date. Upon expiration, the subscription fee must be paid again if the user wishes to continue with their membership.

Article 51/ The user will receive a card bearing their name, and a password which gives them access to their membership file, for digital services and to reserve items. It is the user’s responsibility not to share this password in order to avoid any unauthorised activity. To this end, users are advised to personalise their card.

Article 52/ Once registered, the user assumes responsibility for respecting the relevant intellectual property laws. The user agrees, amongst other conditions, to limit the diffusion of audio, audio-visual, or multimedia material to private groups or family.

Article 53/ Subscriptions can be cancelled, however there will be no reimbursement of the fees paid when the subscription was taken out.
A current subscription may not be modified (changing to another rate, or another membership) without cancelling before the end of the subscription period (fees paid will not be reimbursed), taking out a new membership, and paying the corresponding fees.

Article 54/ Users must indicate any change of postal address without delay, and must fill in a new statement of address. Members are also encouraged to indicate any change in telephone number or email address: either to a member of library staff or via their member’s file online.

Article 55/ Data relating to users’ identities and their borrowing is strictly confidential. It is used exclusively to manage borrowing, to assess and analyse BmL services, and to provide information on BmL activities.
They are subject to digital processing which is declared to the French national commission on IT and liberties (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés: CNIL). In accordance with article 40 of law n°78-17 on IT, files, and liberties, modified on the 6th of January 1978, each individual has the right to access information which concerns them and to request corrections if necessary.

Article 56/ Readers are personally responsible for their card and for the material borrowed using it, even if borrowed by other people. In the event that a card is lost or stolen, they must inform the library immediately so that it can be blocked. If they do not find it, a new card will be provided on presentation of proof of identification and taking into account the subscription fees already paid.

Special subscriptions: Individuals

Article 57/ Persons with reduced mobility: home delivery

Only the Part-Dieu library can deliver items and manage these individual subscriptions.

The home delivery service is reserved for users with reduced mobility.
Lyon municipal Library entrusts the association "Bibliothèque à domicile" (home library) with the responsibility of providing the service directly to these users. Volunteers appointed by the association borrow BmL material and deliver it at home to members who have signed up with this association.
A borrower’s card, which provides all the information needed for subscription and guarantees the accuracy of said information, is given free of charge to volunteers working with the association.
The person borrowing represents other users, and is therefore subject to the same rules as other readers. The Association " Bibliothèque à domicile" is liable, and the BmL may take action against them in case of litigation.

Article 58/ Persons with reduced mobility: shuttle service +
The Library offers a service to those with reduced mobility which allows them to have the material they wish to borrow delivered to their library.
In order to be eligible for this service you must have a disability identity card.

Article 59/ Registering a third party
Aside from when registering minors, whose subscription may be requested by their legal representative in their absence, or persons who cannot travel to the library, the individual concerned must register in person, unless a document designating a proxy can be presented as set out in article 49, with proof of the delegator’s and the delegatee’s identities.
In addition, organisations can make a request to register a group of people, for whom they will pay all subscription fees. In this case, the organisation assumes responsibility for the information relating to the subscriptions.

Special subscriptions: Professionals

Article 60/ Professionals working with young people.
Individuals who can provide evidence of working with children, in education or organising activities, have the right to a free professional card.
In order to receive this card, they must provide proof of identity, proof of address, and proof of their profession from fewer than 3 months ago.
Individuals with this card may borrow material from libraries’ youth sections. The type of material which can be borrowed, as well as the number of items and the duration of the loan, are decided upon by the City of Lyon.
Loans cannot be extended under any circumstances.
The card provided is personal, and professionals are personally responsible for material borrowed using the card, as well as any fees or charges which may be incurred.

Article 61/ Professionals working in training, apprenticeships, or organising activities for adolescents or adults.
Individuals who work in training, organising activities, or apprenticeships for adolescents or adults within an organisation have the right to a free professional card. This card is offered to all individuals working on a project which has been approved by the BmL. An authorisation letter written by the head of the organisation on the establishment’s headed notepaper must be presented when taking out the subscription.
The type of material which can be borrowed, as well as the number of items and the duration of the loan, are decided upon by the City of Lyon. (see appendix).
Loans cannot be extended under any circumstances.
The card provided is personal, and professionals are personally responsible for material borrowed using the card, as well as any fees or charges which may be incurred.
In the event of unresolved litigation regarding library materials, action may be taken against the management of the organisation which authorised the individual to borrow items for their work.

Special subscriptions: community groups

Article 62/ "Collectivités" (community groups) membership is reserved for community groups and establishments (public or private) in the Lyon area. It involves entrusting material, for a limited time-period, to a community group or establishment, which undertakes to lend this material to its members.
The community group or establishment must designate an individual to be in charge of managing the loans, providing loan statistics, and communicating with the library. This individual in charge must provide proof of their position.
The community group agrees to loan library material free of charge.
Original works of art from the Art library can be loaned to community groups or establishments provided that this community group can provide proof of insurance covering any loss or damage which may occur. Due to the value of the works which may be borrowed, community groups must inform their insurance company that they have a subscription to the Art library.

Borrowing material and works: general provisions

Article 63/ Most material which is freely accessible can be borrowed; for those items which cannot it is specified in the catalogue.
Items are loaned exclusively for private use, to be shared only within the family.

Article 64/ In order to borrow material, you must register. With their reader’s card, users can borrow from across the entire BmL network: the Part-Dieu library, district libraries, and the bibliobus.

Article 65/ The number and type of items which can be borrowed depends on the membership users have. This is limited by the City of Lyon, as is the loan duration, in order to provide a good service to as many users as possible.

Article 66/ Children under 11 years of age may borrow material from youth sections. Children of 11 years old and above may borrow from youth and adult sections, as long as they have parental permission to do so.
Minors’ choice of borrowing material is the responsibility of their parents or legal representatives. Librarians will under no circumstances be held responsible for these choices.

Article 67/ As material which is borrowed is the responsibility of the card holder, individuals are invited to verify the condition of each item every time they borrow. Users must inform librarians of any irregularities at the point when items are taken out.

Article 68/ Borrowers may extend the loan once, for an equivalent period of time as the initial loan, apart from for fiction DVDs and artworks, as long as the item has not been reserved and the loan is extended at the latest on the day the item was due to be returned (before 7pm).
Users do not need to produce the item to extend the loan, only their card is required. The extension will take effect on the day the request is made, whether this is done at the library or remotely (internet, telephone), and the extension period begins on the date of the request.

Article 69/ Users can reserve items which are already on loan from any library in the network, and from all archives, with the exception of the bibliobus. Reservations are made by signing in with your BmL membership details.
The number of items each user can reserve is limited, as well as the period of time items will be available for users to collect. After this time period, items will be put back on the shelves or passed on to the next person who has reserved them. The number of items, as well as this time period, are limited by the City of Lyon (see appendix: loan policy).

Borrowing material and works: specific provisions

Article 70/ For loans to community groups, the number of items which may be borrowed and the loan durations are set, by category for each community group or establishment, by the librarians in charge of the service and depending on the library’s capacity, as set out in a municipal council ruling.
The community group or establishment undertakes to organise the loan of material within their organisation, by designating an individual to be in charge of managing loans, providing loan statistics, and communicating with Lyon municipal Library. This individual must be present at the moment when the bibliobus visits, help with choosing material – if possible with the help of other readers – and run the establishment’s library.
Apart from artworks, the community group or establishment undertakes to loan BmL material to its own users (schools, retirement homes) free of charge.

Article 71/ Interlibrary loans (ILL)
Lyon municipal Library is a part of the National library network for interlibrary loans (ILL).
ILL is a service provided for a fee which allows users:

  • to consult material which is not in the archives of Lyon municipal Library
  • to send material to Lyon municipal Library from other libraries

In both cases the library must be part of the ILL network (apart from university establishments).
Material loaned or borrowed by the BmL is for consultation only, exclusively:

  • at the associated library
  • at the Part-Dieu library, in the ancient archives room.

Users may request copies of this material, in accordance with copyright laws.
No BmL material may be borrowed from establishments situated in the Greater Lyon Metropole (and, from the 1st of January 2015, across Lyon Metropole). Readers must come to the Part-Dieu library.
Charges to be paid by the user for access to material from another library, as well as charges to be paid by other libraries to the BmL in connection with these loans, are decided upon by Lyon municipal council (see appendix).

Lyon municipal Library
Interlibrary loans department
30 boulevard Vivier-Merle
69431 Lyon Cedex 03

Art library: loans to individuals

Article 72/ Subscriptions which allow contemporary artworks to be borrowed are reserved for persons aged 18 or over; photo ID and a borrower card carrying the same name must be provided.
Loans are made on the assumption that the user has taken the necessary steps with their insurance company in order to ensure that any damage which may be caused to the artwork is covered.
Loans may not be extended. Any late return of artworks will incur the same administrative fees as any other library material.

Art library: loans to community groups

Article 73/ This is reserved for community groups possessing a card which authorises this kind of loan, provided by the Lyon municipal Library Art library.
The individual borrowing the items must be officially mandated to borrow artworks from Lyon municipal Library by the community group: they must produce proof of insurance covering the artworks within the organisation, as well as authorisation from the community group for each item borrowed, and a municipal Library card. Only the community group’s card is valid for borrowing and returning artworks.
Artworks can be borrowed and returned only by appointment with the municipal Library. The BmL agrees not to apply administration fees if items are overdue due to the fact that no appointments were available.

Art library: provisions applying both to individuals and community groups

Article 74/ The number of artworks which can be borrowed, as well as the duration of the loan, are decided upon by the City of Lyon (see appendix).
Artworks may only be borrowed from and returned to the Part-Dieu library’s Arts and Leisure department.
The borrower takes full responsibility for the artworks, from the point at which the loan is recorded. This responsibility is understood to include transportation to and from the library.
The borrower is to check the condition of the artwork when taking out the loan. They take full responsibility for any damage to the artwork which may occur, including loss or theft.

Article 75/ In the event of any damage or loss, or if the artwork is not returned, the insurance value of the work on the date the damage occurred must be paid: the insurance value of artwork which can be borrowed being between €200 and €4,000.
The person borrowing the artwork agrees to keep it under the correct conditions to ensure it is preserved, in particular by:

  • keeping it away from sources of heat or damp,
  • keeping it out of direct sunlight
  • not using chemicals in the area where artworks are kept
  • returning artworks in their frames and in the original packaging provided by the BmL for their transportation

The following is prohibited:

  • taking artworks out of their frames, repairing them, even if the glass is broken
  • using cleaning products on artworks.

The glass or frames must not be replaced, but the replacement fees must be paid to Lyon municipal Library. The municipal Library will send an invoice to the person who borrowed the item, after it has been returned.

Article 76/ Any reproduction of artworks loaned by Lyon municipal Library is officially prohibited. In case of breach of this rule, the City of Lyon takes no responsibility.

Returning borrowed material

Article 77/ Borrowers must return items to the library at the latest on the date specified when the loan was taken out.
Items are to be returned within the library, in the appropriate area and to the appropriate staff members or via the automatic returns system provided for this purpose, or using return boxes outside the library.
Users must ensure that items have been correctly registered as returned by ensuring they use the automatic returns system properly.

Article 78/ Users are responsible for the condition of material being returned until it has been verified by library staff: in the event that damage to a returned item is noted, the person who borrowed it last will be held responsible and will be liable for the charges (cf. table of charges for replacement items).

Article 79/ Overdue items will incur administrative fees for all individual members: individuals aged 11 and over (members who can borrow from both youth and adult sections) and professionals. These fees apply only to items which are overdue for 15 days or more.

Article 80/ It is not possible to borrow further items, or extend loans, until the fees have been paid and the overdue items returned.
Administration fees apply to all items borrowed on the same day.
Upon paying these fees, the user will receive proof of payment which they should retain.
Administration fees, as well as the system via which they are applied, are set by a municipal council decision (see appendix).
Only hospitalisation for more than 6 days (proof must be provided) or the death of a member will warrant the waiving of these administration fees.

Article 81/ If an item is more than 2 months late, this will trigger a process begun by the French Finance Office (Recette des Finances). If the reader has the items in their possession, they must return them as soon as possible; if they have been lost, they must pay the BmL an amount which covers the charges for the items in question.
Administrative fees must still be paid, and will under no circumstances be refunded, even if the items are returned.

Returning lost, stolen, or damaged items

Article 82/ As items intended to be loaned are purchased at a different price and under different conditions from items which are purchased for private use, members should under no circumstances repair or replace items themselves.

Article 83/ Users must pay compensation, the amount being set by the City of Lyon depending on the type of item, for any items returned damaged or not returned in their entirety (see : table of charges adopted via a Municipal Council decision). Loans are suspended until this fee has been paid or, in the case of non-returned items, until the item has been returned.

Article 84/ Any attempts to steal items will be subject to the same compensation payment, and may incur legal proceedings.

Article 85/ For lost or damaged items which lead to the application of charges after the 14th day following the date on which the items were supposed to be returned, administrative fees must be paid when the total cost of the item is paid, unless the member is deceased or hospitalised for over 6 days (proof must be provided).

Article 86/ Paying the charges for a replacement item does not give the individual any rights over the lost, damaged, or stolen item: BmL materials are public goods which are by nature inalienable. Therefore, an item for which the fees required for that category of item have been paid remains BmL property, and cannot be retained by the member.


Article 87/ Access to conferences must be in accordance with the capacity of the spaces in which they are held (security regulations) and access is not permitted once this maximum capacity has been reached.
Access to certain events may require prior reservation, which will require participants to identify themselves, and by which they agree to inform the library if they will not be attending.

Article 88/ When participating in an activity or visiting an exhibition, individuals are expected to behave in a way which enables the event to go ahead smoothly and respects the security of people and property.
In particular, the following is not permitted:
• touching decor and items, as well as stands and wall or presentation fixings.
• crossing barriers or systems which members of the public are not supposed to cross.
• leaning against windows, stands, or other presentation elements,
• moving furniture without authorisation from reception or supervisory staff,
• flash photography of artworks.

Article 89/ The BmL shall not be held responsible for the cancellation of certain activities, in particular if this is due to participants withdrawing their participation.


Article 90/ All groups (more than 15 people) visiting the library, whether for a cultural event or not, whether with a guide or not, must obtain prior authorisation from Lyon municipal Library.

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Article 91/ One or more individuals within the group must be identified as taking responsibility for ensuring the members of the group act in accordance with all of these regulations, and to keep order and discipline within the group. Those visiting in a group must under no circumstances cause annoyance to other visitors.