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North Lake College Library: Services for Students

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Circulation Policy

Eligible Borrowers

Library materials may be loaned to the following: 

  • Currently enrolled students of any DCCCD college 
  • Currently employed DCCCD faculty, administrators and staff 
  • TexShare cardholders 
  • Retired DCCCD personnel cardholders

Note: Exceptions may be made by individual colleges. Different types of borrowers have varying privileges.

Identification Required

Some form of identification, such as those listed below, is required when borrowing materials. Contact your college library for specific information about its requirements.

  • A valid picture ID, driver's license or any DCCCD college specific ID card
  • DCCCD retiree ID card


Students will also need


  • Current registration fee receipt. The receipt states the beginning and ending dates of the class during which time borrowing privileges are allowed.


Community borrowers will also need


  • a TexShare card from their city or college library

Circulating Materials

Different types of borrowers have varying privileges. Each college will determine how best to deliver the materials to distance learners.

Books in the circulating collection may be checked out for three weeks and renewed for an additional three weeks, as long as a "hold" has not been placed on the book.

Dependent on the individual college's policy, non-print materials may be checked out for a limited time period.

A maximum of 10 items may be checked out.

TexShare patrons may check out 2 items.

Non-circulating Materials

Generally reference books, periodicals and reserve items do not circulate. Each college library may also have special collections that do not circulate. These must be used in the library.

Return of Materials

Materials, except textbooks, may be returned to any DCCCD college library.

Overdue Materials

All materials checked out from a DCCCD college library are considered overdue if not returned to the library by the due date.

Borrowers with overdue items are notified by e-mail, phone, or US mail. 

Borrowers with overdue materials on their Library accounts cannot check out additional materials.

At the end of the semester, all borrowers with overdue items are blocked. Such borrowers are unable to obtain transcripts or to register for additional classes until overdue materials are returned or paid for.

Cost for lost or damaged items equals the cost of the item plus a $10 processing fee.  

Refunds are available only in the form of the replacement cost. The processing fee is not refunded.


Inter-college Loans & Holds

A borrower may place a hold on a circulating item that is owned by any of the colleges of DCCCD. This process is called "Inter-College loans (ICL)".

Requests for materials or "holds" can be placed over the phone or through the Online Catalog.

Requested items may be picked up at any DCCCD college library except North Lake students may only select the central campus library as their pickup location.

Materials take 3-5 business days to arrive at the pickup location. 

Materials are on hold for 7 days after it arrives.

To cancel any holds, contact the library.


Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms

  • Four rooms are available with whiteboards, markers, erasers, and outlets for laptops.
  • Sign-in is done at the Reference desk with Student ID card.
  • Study rooms accommodate groups of three to eight people.
  • Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis to current NLC students and staff engaged in the use of college resources or services. No reservations are taken.
  • Study room use is limited to two hours, depending on demand.
  • No food, drink or cell phone use.
  • No private tutoring.
  • Noise and activities should be appropriate to the library environment.

Computers, Printing & Copying Services

Computer access, printing, and photocopying are available only to currently enrolled DCCCD students, faculty and staff. Student or employee ID number is required to log into computers and to use the printing system.


  • There are 50 computers available throughout the library. Two of these are for online catalog and database search only.
  • All computers have access to the Internet and to the printing system Pharos.
  • All computers have MS Office 2013.
  • There is no time limit for computer use.
  • Online databases and eBooks are also accessible remotely using student/employee ID number. The database InfoTrac requires a password; call the library to obtain it.
  • There is one computer equipped with assistive technology for students with disabilities.
  • Wi-fi is available for any user.

Printer and Photocopiers

  • A Pharos printing account is needed to print and make copies. See library staff for account creation.
  • The cost of black-and-white printing and copying is 10 cents per page; color printing is not available.
  • Funds can be added to an account at any time using only paper money at the Value Station, which is located in room L214, the Copy Center.
  • Printing is available from any computer in the library and pages are picked up in L214.
  • There are two copy machines and a scanner in L214.

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