In general, borrowing is limited to current students, faculty, and staff. Library facilities and selected resources are available for in-library use by the general public with some restrictions.
Some restrictions may apply to each of the categories. Patrons who do not fall into any of the authorized borrower categories must arrange an interlibrary loan through their libraries. The Dean reserves the right to suspend or rescind borrowing privileges upon violation of any library policy.
Borrowers must present acceptable identification at the circulation desk to check out library materials. Student borrowers must also present acceptable identification to request an interlibrary loan or reserve a group study room.
Individuals enrolled in Community Education courses fall outside of the category of student borrowers.
The following guidelines apply:
Patrons must return library materials on or before their due dates. Fines are charged for overdue course reserves, technology items, and reference collection materials. Also, they are waived if the overdue material is returned within a 30-minute grace period. Overdue fines are not charged for items in the general circulating collection. The following schedule for fines applies:
Hourly Reserves (1, 2, 4-hour reserve): $2.00 per hour per item; maximum $50.00 per item unless the item value is larger and has gone to ‘Lost’ status. Open library hours are used to determine the fee,
Daily or Weekly Reserves: $5.00 per day per item; maximum $50.00 per item, unless the item value is larger and has gone to ‘Lost’ status. Open library hours are used to determine the fee.
Lost Status for Reserves: Items more than 3 days overdue will be charged the replacement fee for the item and the ownership of the delinquent item will be transferred to the patron.
Lost Status for General Collection: Items more than 14 days overdue will be charged the replacement fee for the item and the ownership of the delinquent item will be transferred to the patron.
Replacement fees can result in borrowing privileges being suspended and blocks placed on the student's Library account until all fees are paid or resolved. The Library reserves the right to review this policy on a case-by-case basis and can offer payment plans when applicable.
If a patron's account accrues fines/fees of $100 or more will result in an immediate library block placed on their library account. In addition, any outstanding fees at the end of each quarter of $25 or more will also receive a library block. The block suspends your library borrowing privileges. This block is removed when you return or pay for the replacement fee.
The Library will send a notice by email about any fines or fees resulting from an overdue item. It is the patron's responsibility to keep contact information current.
If a patron has an overdue material fine or fee on their account, it can be paid through the Cashier's Office: 206.934.4108, Cashier.Central@seattlecolleges.edu.
Payment can be in the form of a credit/ debit card, check, or cash.
When blocks have not been resolved after 30 days, the borrower's debt will be sent to a collection agency.
Patrons are responsible for all library materials they borrow. Patrons will be charged for lost or damaged items according to the replacement fee. Refunds for lost and paid items may be offered. The following conditions apply:
The item is returned within one year from the date of payment.
The item is returned in good condition.
Processing fees are non-refundable.
Refunds will be mailed to the patron. Cash refunds will not be offered.
Revised June 2020
The Seattle Central Community College Library will borrow materials for authorized borrowers from libraries outside of the SCCD when, in the judgment of a librarian, the resources of the library do not meet the needs of the user. The service is provided at no charge to the borrower unless the lending library charges a fee (see below).
Interlibrary loan transactions among the three libraries and media services centers of the Seattle Community College District are filled as expeditiously as possible. Each library and media services center reserves the right to restrict the circulation of reference and reserve materials. In-district ILLs are fulfilled at no charge to the borrowing facility or patron.
|Books||2 weeks||2 renewals||none|
|Periodicals - current issue||Does not circulate||none|
|Periodicals - back issues||1 week||1 renewal||none|
|Newspapers - back issues only||1 week||1 renewal||none|
|Video/DVD||1 week||1 renewal||none|
|Music CD||1 week||1 renewal||none|
|Reserve Items||varies||none||See above|
|Reference Books||by special arrangement only||none||See above|
|Non-Barcoded Items (pictures, maps etc.)|
Patrons are responsible for the library materials they check out. Patrons who lose library materials will be charged for replacement costs.
If a patron claims to have returned an item and a thorough search of the library collection does not recover the item, the circulation supervisor may waive replacement costs and fees.
Repeated Claims Returned” occurrences by the same person may be treated in the same manner as “Lost” procedures dictate. Patrons may be required to pay replacement costs.
When fees are paid and the material is recovered within one year, replacement cost will be refunded to the patron.
Patrons are responsible for all library materials and audiovisual media they borrow and are charged the replacement cost for all lost materials. Patrons are also charged for the damage of materials depending on the extent of the damage and if the item is reasonably usable.
Replacement fees for audiovisual materials
Damaged audiovisual materials are handled as follows:
|Call #s: A-J, L, M, P, S, U-Z||$40.00|
|Call #s: K, N, Q, R, T||$40.00|
Revised October 2019
Students can check out reference materials, as they can course reserves materials. Loan periods and borrowing policies for reference materials will follow those of course reserves.