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How to Borrow Circulating Materials

Who is Eligible to Check Out Circulating Materials?

Currently-enrolled San Diego Community College District students, faculty, and staff. Your current SDCCD CSID card is your library card, and you must present it to check out materials.  You will be held accountable for any use of the card. All fines and holds must be cleared before Library materials may be checked out. My Library Account will show you the status of your checked-out items, holds, fines, etc.; you will need your CSID number to login.

What are the Loan Policies (by Type of Material)?

Books:

  • Maximum number of books to check out: ten per student.
  • During regular Fall/Spring sessions, circulating collection books are loaned for four weeks with one renewal for two weeks.
  • During Summer session, circulating collection books are loaned for two weeks with one renewal.
  • Renewal must be in person at the Circulation Center before a book is overdue.
  • There is no online renewal.

Media:

  • Students use of  media materials is restricted to the Independent Learning Center (ILC) only.
  • Faculty may check out media materials from the ILC for classroom use only.

Earphones and calculators:

  • Check out earphones and calculators from the Circulation Desk for three hours.

How Do I Put Hold Request on a Book?

You may place a hold request on a book that is currently checked out. A request form is available at the Information Center desk. The title, author, and call number for the book is required on the form, along with borrower contact information. You will be notified when the book is available. At this time, we are not able to process holds online, only in-person.  

You may return materials (including Reserve circulating materials) in the following manner:

  • During business hours, go inside the Library to drop off materials at the Circulation Center desk. There is a book return slot available on either side of the desk for quick drop off, or you can hand the materials to a staff member at the desk. 
  • After business hours, use the outdoor book drop slot, located to the right of the Learning Resource Center's main entrance doors. (You can use this slot during business hours as well.)
  • You may borrow books from one library within our district (City, Mesa, or Miramar) and return them to another within our district.

Payment of library fines must be made on-site at the City College Accounting Office (A-114). If you are out of-state and owe a library fine, please call the Accounting office at 619-388-3458 to make arrangements to process payment.

Overdue Material Fine Structure

A fine will be charged on all Library materials not returned within the allotted grace period and may result in a suspension of circulation privileges until the matter is resolved. The fine structure is as follows (as stated in Board Policy 3300, Student Fee Schedule - Attachment 1, Sections l and m):

Collection Fine Amount
General Circulating Materials A cumulative $2.00 overdue fine ($0.25 per day x 8 days) shall be assessed per item for failure to return books within 7 days of the posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $0.25 per day excluding holidays will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the book.
Note: Not applicable for ECC
Reserves Circulating Materials A $2.00 overdue fine shall be assessed per item for failure to return Reserve Library on posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $.50 per day will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material, plus a $7.00 processing fee.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Print Materials A fine of $5.00 per day shall be assessed per item for the unauthorized removal of print (e.g., books, photocopies) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Non-Print Media A fine of $10.00 per day shall be assessed per item for unauthorized removal of non-print (e.g., videos, CD-ROMs) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material. The fine is $5 a day for earphones and calculators if taken from the building.
Lost (over 120 days past due) Replacement cost of item plus $7.00 fee.  

 

Student Record Freeze (Administrative Hold)

An administrative hold will be placed on a student's college record when they accrue any charges/fines for overdue books and/or lost material. A student's circulation privileges may be suspended for outstanding fines. If fines are not paid, the student may not be able to register for classes, request transcripts, obtain grades, etc. A hold will be removed once all Library materials are returned and/or fines paid.

 

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How to Borrow Course Reserves (Textbooks)

What are Course Reserves?

Course Reserves are assigned materials, such as textbooks, which are made available by instructors for use in the Library or for special loan periods. Reserve materials may include supplemental class readings, photocopied articles, videos and audio files, and sample tests. We do not have electronic reserves.

How Do I Find Course Reserves?

Go the the Library's online catalog and click the red tab for Course Reserves. You will need to write down the call number and the title and take it to the Circulation Center desk for a staff member to find the book. Reserve books are first come, first served and cannot be held. If you need assistance finding reserve materials, please ask a librarian at the Information Center desk.

An option of a class specific reserve set is available in our restricted reserve collection,  please contact us for more information. 

To return a course reserve, bring it to the Circulation Desk. You may hand it to a staff member or put it in the book return slot in the desk.

  • All course reserves checked out from the City College Library must be returned to City College Library.
  • Fines may accrue until the course reserve is checked in at the City College library Circulation Center desk.
  • If the book is library-use only, it means it must only be used in the library and not taken outside.

Payment of library fines must be made on-site at the City College Accounting Office (A-114). If you are out of-state and owe a library fine, please call the Accounting office at 619-388-3458 to make arrangements to process payment.

Overdue Material Fine Structure

A fine will be charged on all Library materials not returned within the allotted grace period and may result in a suspension of circulation privileges until the matter is resolved. The fine structure is as follows (as stated in Board Policy 3300, Student Fee Schedule - Attachment 1, Sections l and m):

Collection Fine Amount
General Circulating Materials A cumulative $2.00 overdue fine ($0.25 per day x 8 days) shall be assessed per item for failure to return books within 7 days of the posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $0.25 per day excluding holidays will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the book.
Note: Not applicable for ECC
Reserves Circulating Materials A $2.00 overdue fine shall be assessed per item for failure to return Reserve Library on posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $.50 per day will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material, plus a $7.00 processing fee.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Print Materials A fine of $5.00 per day shall be assessed per item for the unauthorized removal of print (e.g., books, photocopies) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Non-Print Media A fine of $10.00 per day shall be assessed per item for unauthorized removal of non-print (e.g., videos, CD-ROMs) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material. The fine is $5 a day for earphones and calculators if taken from the building.
Lost (over 120 days past due) Replacement cost of item plus $7.00 fee.  

 

Student Record Freeze (Administrative Hold)

An administrative hold will be placed on a student's college record when they accrue any charges/fines for overdue books and/or lost material. A student's circulation privileges may be suspended for outstanding fines. If fines are not paid, the student may not be able to register for classes, request transcripts, obtain grades, etc. A hold will be removed once all Library materials are returned and/or fines paid.

 

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How to Borrow through Inter-Library Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • The Inter-Library Loan service allows you to borrow circulating books from the college libraries at Mesa or Miramar. Journal articles and videos cannot be borrowed in this manner, only circulating books.
  • City College Library is does not belong to local consortia like the CIRCUIT or Link+. Find out how to use your public library card(s) to borrow books from the CIRCUIT or Link+.  Journal articles may be obtained through the San Diego Public Library; see information here.

How to Get a Book from Mesa or Miramar: 

If the Library online catalog indicates that a book you need is shelved in the circulating collection at Mesa or Miramar College libraries, you can either:

Go to the Information Center desk on the main level of the City Learning Resource Center (Library). A librarian will assist you in filling out a form that you will then take to the Circulation Center for processing. You will be notified via telephone when your materials are ready to be picked up at City College Library. The process may take 3 to 5 working days, so please plan accordingly.

OR

Go to the library (Mesa or Miramar) that has the desired book, and use your ID to check out the book immediately. The checkout period will be for the length determined by the other library (Mesa or Miramar).

Checkout Limits for Inter-library Loans

  • You are limited to borrowing up to three interlibrary loan items at a time.
  • If you are at the 3 book limit, you must first return at least one item before you can request another inter-library loan item.

You may return Inter-Library loan materials from Mesa or Miramar in the following manner:

  •     Return the borrowed books to City College the same way you return City College books, OR
  •     Return the borrowed books to another library within our district (City, Mesa or Miramar).

Payment of library fines must be made on-site at the City College Accounting Office (A-114). If you are out of-state and owe a library fine, please call the Accounting office at 619-388-3458 to make arrangements to process payment.

Overdue Material Fine Structure

A fine will be charged on all Library materials not returned within the allotted grace period and may result in a suspension of circulation privileges until the matter is resolved. The fine structure is as follows (as stated in Board Policy 3300, Student Fee Schedule - Attachment 1, Sections l and m):

Collection Fine Amount
General Circulating Materials A cumulative $2.00 overdue fine ($0.25 per day x 8 days) shall be assessed per item for failure to return books within 7 days of the posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $0.25 per day excluding holidays will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the book.
Note: Not applicable for ECC
Reserves Circulating Materials A $2.00 overdue fine shall be assessed per item for failure to return Reserve Library on posted due date. Additionally, a charge of $.50 per day will also be assessed per item after the imposition of the overdue fine until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material, plus a $7.00 processing fee.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Print Materials A fine of $5.00 per day shall be assessed per item for the unauthorized removal of print (e.g., books, photocopies) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material.
Reserves Non-Circulating (Library Use Only) Non-Print Media A fine of $10.00 per day shall be assessed per item for unauthorized removal of non-print (e.g., videos, CD-ROMs) Reserve Library Use Only materials from the library until the accumulated charges equal the replacement cost of the material. The fine is $5 a day for earphones and calculators if taken from the building.
Lost (over 120 days past due) Replacement cost of item plus $7.00 fee.  

 

Student Record Freeze (Administrative Hold)

An administrative hold will be placed on a student's college record when they accrue any charges/fines for overdue books and/or lost material. A student's circulation privileges may be suspended for outstanding fines. If fines are not paid, the student may not be able to register for classes, request transcripts, obtain grades, etc. A hold will be removed once all Library materials are returned and/or fines paid.

 

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How Do I Borrow Videos from the Media Collection? (Students)

What is in the Media Collection?

The Media Collection is primarily composed of 650 video titles in VHS and DVD format. The collection is housed in the Independent Learning Center in room R-105. Students must use material from the Media Collection in R-105 only. Items may not be removed from the room by students. 

How Do I Get a Video?

  • Videos are held in non-public shelving, so you must have the call number for a specific video so the staff can retrieve the item for you.
  • Use the library catalog to find the call number for the video you need.
  • Can't find it? Get help finding videos at the Library Information Desk, located on the entrance level of the LRC.

Different collections of videos for faculty and staff.

How Do I Borrow Multimedia Equipment? (Students and Student Groups)

Where can I find Multimedia Equipment?

  • The Independent Learning Center has desktop computers that run multimedia software. Students must use the equipment and software in the Independent Learning Center, and are expected to do course assignment work themselves.
  • Smart classrooms have audio and video equipment built into the room and these are controlled at the podium in the room. Almost all of the classrooms on campus are smart classrooms. Please ask your instructor for authorization and assistance in using the equipment in the smart classroom.
  • The Office of Classroom Technology Management (OCTM) has audio and video equipment that may be used for event setups for Associated Students groups only.

The ILC and the OCTM do not provide technical help with personal equipment (including laptops), support for group study, or media production as part of a course assignment.

How Do I Borrow Multimedia Equipment? (Associated Students Groups only)

Setups for campus events sponsored by Associated Students Groups is a two-step process:

  • Step #1: Coordinate your group's request for an event on campus with the Associated Students Office in M200 (619-388-3428). Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the event.
  • Step #2: The student organizer with equipment requests must contact the Office of Classroom Technology Management staff directly, either at the Multimedia Center Desk in the LRC or by phone: 619-388-3418.

Equipment available for on-campus events sponsored by Associated Students includes:

  • PA sound system-- for voice projection only, not live musicians (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)
  • LCD projector (indoor only)
  • Laptop computer (indoor only)
  • CD player (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)
  • VCR/DVD player (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)

How Do I Borrow Multimedia Equipment? (Faculty & Staff)

For campus events sponsored by College personnel: Coordinate your request for an on-campus event with Business Services in R109 or at 619-388-3428.  You must include your needs when filling out the “Multimedia” section of the Facilities Request Form.   If you are unsure of your needs, you may contact the Office of Classroom Technology Management at 619-388-3418 and will gladly assist you in assessing your needs.

Equipment available for on-campus events sponsored by College personnel includes:

  • PA sound system-- for voice projection only, not live musicians (indoor/outdoor weather permitting).
  • LCD projector (indoor only)
  • Laptop computer (indoor only)
  • VCR/DVD player (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)
  • CD player (indoor/outdoor weather permitting)

For classroom instruction/meeting support: Contact the OCTM for training and access to equipment in smart classrooms. 

All standard classrooms on campus are equipped with presentation equipment.  Please call us for equipment status in laboratories, specialized classrooms or conference rooms.

OCTM maintains and repairs District audio-visual equipment only (the item must have a District EQ number). If it is beyond our abilities, we will direct you to the appropriate departmental resource, The IT Help Desk is an additional resource for office/administrative equipment and support and can be contacted at 619-388-7000 or ITHelp@sdccd.edu.

Media duplication and transfer services are offered as follows within copyright compliance guidelines, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/:

  • Duplication of instructor-created material for classroom/student use (CDs or DVDs)
     
  • Transferring of instructor-created material for classroom/student use from:
    • Audio Cassette → CD
    • VHS → DVD
    • LaserDisc → DVD
    • MiniDV → DVD
    • DVCAM → DVD
    • Computer file → DVD or CD

For other media please contact RTVC at 619-388-3043

OCTM offers instructor training on Smart Classroom equipment and are available to assist guest presenters. Please contact our office at ext. 3418 to schedule an appointment. 

OCTM offers the following Video production services :

  • Recording of events held on campus relating to campus organizations, faculty, and student events.
  • Editing/DVD production of events recorded by us.
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