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North Lake College Library: Circulation Policy

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How do I check out library resources: Circulation Policy

Eligible Borrowers

Library materials may be loaned to the following: 

  • Currently enrolled students of a college of DCCCD and 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. 

  • 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 current 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 Main Collection may be checked out for 3 weeks and renewed once for an additional 3 weeks, as long as a "hold" has not been placed on the book.

For media such as DVDS, students may check them out at the Circulation Desk of the library. General media may be checked out for 3 days.  Media on Course Reserves may be checked out for less time.

Student and staff may check out 10 items at a time.

Texshare patrons may check out to 2 items at a time.

 

Non-circulating Materials

Reference books, periodicals and reserve items do not circulate out of the library .

Reference books and periodicals like newspapers or magazines must be used in the library. 

Course reserves are available at the front Circulation desk. Students may borrow only 1 course reserve book at a time for library use only.

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.

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 or access your library account in the library catalog.

 

For materials not at any DCCCD Library, you may use the InterLibrary Loan service. For more about this service, click here to go to the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) page here.

TexShare

The DCCCD Library is part of the TexShare consortium, which is a group of Texas libraries that share resources such as databases.  As part of the TexShare consortium, North Lake College Library can issue TexShare cards to staff, faculty and currently enrolled students.  With this TexShare card, you can take it to other TexShare member libraries to get borrowing privileges by following their specific circulation policies including loan periods and fines/fees.

To get a TexShare Card present your NLC ID card or government photo ID.  For students, TexShare cards expire at the end of the their class term (long semesters, 8 weeks or 5 weeks). For staff and faculty, the expiration is the end of the long semesters.

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