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. Fines 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:
Fines and/or replacement fees can result in borrowing privileges being suspended and blocks placed on student's academic record until all fines 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 Academic Block placed on their record. In addition, any outstanding fines/fees at the end of each quarter of $25 or more will also receive a block. The block suspends your library borrowing privileges and prevents you from registering, adding or dropping classes. This block is removed when you return or pay for the overdue materials’ fine/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 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 schedule. Refunds for lost and paid items may be offered. The following conditions apply:
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 cost.
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 are as follows:
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
In general, reference books cannot be checked out.
Librarian on duty may authorize a limited loan of reference material. Decisions on the availability of a specific item for loan and length of time of the loan are made by the reference librarians, (in their absence the Dean for Instructional Resource Services) on an ad hoc basis, based the item’s current use pattern, its physical durability, scope of the information contained, and relevance of the information to the borrower's needs.
The librarian sets a short-term due date and time in consultation with the borrower. Authorized items must be checked out and returned at the circulation desk. Borrowers are responsible for returning reference books before by the due date and time.
Fees for the replacement or repair of reference material that is lost or damaged while on loan are determined on an individual basis by a supervisor or librarian, plus a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00 per item.
Overdue fees accrue at $.50 per hour per item to a maximum of $5.00 per day per item, and not to exceed a total of $10.00 per item.
The following types of reference material do not circulate under any circumstances: