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North Lake Library: Services for Students

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Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms: L216, L218, L220, L221 & L222

  • Sign-in is done at the Reference desk with Student ID card.
  • Study rooms are prioritized for group study of 3 or more.
  • Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis to current NL students and staff engaged in the use of college resources or services. No reservations are taken.
  • Four rooms are available with whiteboards, markers, erasers, and outlets for laptops. 
  • Rooms L216 and L220 have a large monitor that connects to laptops using an HDMI cable, so that groups can see the same screen.
  • 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.

Circulation Policy

Eligible Borrowers

Library materials may be loaned to the following: 

  • Currently enrolled students of Dallas College and currently employed Dallas College faculty, administrators and staff 
  • TexShare cardholders 
  • Retired Dallas College 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.


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.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Course reserves are a collection of textbooks, study guides and other materials that are required by some professors for their classes. These items are placed in a controlled access area and given short loan periods to make them accessible to as many students as possible.

Check course reserves.

You must present your ID card and know the course number and/or instructor’s name to borrow reserve items.The loan period for reserve materials is usually two hours (in-library use only) unless the instructor has specified otherwise.

Course reserve materials are housed at the circulation desk.

  • Items are organized by course number and/or instructor name.
  • The Online Catalog can be used to search for these items by course or by professor.
  • Student ID card is required to check out reserve materials, which are for in-library use only.
  • Loan period is two hours.
  • Items must be returned to the circulation desk.
  • Textbooks can also be purchased or rented at the Follett Bookstore on campus.



  • 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 PaperCut.
  • 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.

Printing & Copying

Printer and Photocopiers

  • A PaperCut printing account is needed to print and make copies. Students and staff will log onto their print accounts with their eConnect username and passwords. For Troubleshooting, visit the My Library Account page here:
  • Black-and-white printing and copying is $0.10 per page and $0.15 for double-sided.
  • Color printing is $0.50 per page and $0.70 for double-sided.
  • Funds can be added to an account at any time using only paper money at the pay station, which is located in room L214, the Copy Center.
  • There are no refunds or change for funds added, so it is recommended to start with $1.00.
  • There are two copy machines in L214.

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