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San Diego City College Library

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How to Borrow Circulating Materials

How to Find Circulating Books

Use SDCCD Books+ to find books and other materials offered for checkout from our Library. Circulating materials are shelved on the third floor of the LRC. Please bring your selection(s) to the Circulation Center desk for checkout to take home.

Who Can Check Out Circulating Materials?

Currently-enrolled San Diego Community College District* students, faculty, and staff are eligible to check out circulating materials. You must present your student ID card or any photo ID card 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. The link to my SDCCD Login will show you the status of your checked-out items, holds, fines, etc.; you will need your student ID number to log in.

*College of Continuing Education non-credit students, faculty, and staff do not have borrowing privileges.

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 (28 days).
  • Eligible books will be automatically renewed in 28-day increments unless requested by another student. You can check your library account for current due dates. To do so, go to the library homepage: https://library.sdcity.edu/home. In the page navigation, use the dropdown under the Library Home tab to select My Library Account, type in your SDCCD login username/password, and look under Loans. 
  • During Summer session, circulating collection books are loaned for two weeks with one renewal.

Media:

  • Students use of media materials is restricted to the library only. Media is checked out from the Circulation Desk.
  • Faculty may check out media materials from the library 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. Find the book(s) in SDCCD Books+ and then sign into mySDCCD Login to place a hold on a book(s). Sign in using the same information that you use to register for classes. See screenshot below:

Screenshot of the request link for signing in to get a book to pick up.

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 yellow 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.

Book drop slot

Book drop slot

***Payment of library fines must be made through the City College Accounting Office (A-256). Please see their web site.***

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.

 

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 home page and use the Start Your Research Here! box, clicking the tab for Course Reserves. Type in the title of the book you need. When you find the listing, 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 through the City College Accounting Office (A-256). Please see their web site.***

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.

 

How to Borrow through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is Interlibrary Loan?

  • The Interlibrary 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 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.
  • Faculty from City College (a WASC-accredited institution of higher learning) can check out items in-person at SDSU by showing ID and proof of current employment, at their circulation desk. https://library.sdsu.edu/borrowing/who-can-borrow

How to Get a Book from Mesa or Miramar: 

If  SDCCD Books+ indicates that a book you need is shelved in the circulating collection at Mesa or Miramar College libraries, you can either:

Screenshot of the request link for signing in to get a book to pick up.

Put in a request: Find the book in SDCCD Books+ and click its title to open the screen that has detailed information on the book. Click the link for mySDCCD Login (see yellow screenshot above) to log in using the same information that you use to register for classes. When prompted, follow the directions to input your contact info so you can be notified when the book becomes available for pickup at  our Circulation Desk.  (If you'd rather fill out a paper form, you can also go to the Information Center desk on the main level of the City Learning Resource Center (Library) where  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 or email 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 that 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 Interlibrary Loans

  • You are limited to borrowing up to 3 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 interlibrary loan item.

You may return Interlibrary 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 through the City College Accounting Office (A-256). Please see their web site.***

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.

 

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

What is in the Media Collection?

The physical Media Collection is primarily composed of a few hundred video titles in DVD format and a few CDs. The collection is housed at the Circulation Desk. Students must use media items in the library; faculty may check out media items for classroom use. The library also has a collection of streaming video, which may be viewed online (including off-campus) 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.

Technology Support, Checkouts & Returns

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT: 


LAPTOP CHECKOUTS:

Update 10/31/22: Requests are currently being  WAITLISTED pending arrival of new inventory. 

Attention students: Need a laptop? Our loaner program allows selected San Diego City College students to borrow from our limited supply of laptops. Borrowers are expected to use these resources for the purpose of academic study. These limited resources will be provided on an eligibility basis**, so please follow the instructions below to apply:

  1. Fill out the San Diego City College Laptop Loaner Program survey and click the Submit button. This survey is required so we may understand your need for a device. Requests made as of 10/31/22 will be put on a wait list. 
  2. You will get an automatic email response that your survey responses have been received (this is not a guarantee that you will receive a device).
  3. Check your email regularly for a message to confirm a device reservation and instructions for picking up the device. Additional information regarding the use of loaned device will also be provided. If you have further questions about the loaner program please contact Daniel Gonzalez, Library Circulation Supervisor, at dgonzale@sdccd.edu.

**You may also want to check the SD Access 4 All program for available resources, including loaner laptops and mobile hotspots; the program works through participating public libraries and parks. 

Remember, computer desktop workstations are also available for use in the SDCC Library during our business hours


TECHNOLOGY RETURNS:

If you are faculty, you can request a 6-month extension by contacting Majeda Nasrawi at mnasrawsi@sdccd.edu.

Returning a Device? Students participating in San Diego City College’s Chromebook Loaner Program may return a loaned Chromebook by placing the device and its accessories (AC Adapter) in a protective bag and gently depositing the gear into the Learning Resources Center’s Library Book Return slot, located to the right of the yellow entrance doors (see photo below). You may return devices to the book return slot on any day, or give it to a Library staff member at the LRC's front entrance doors during regular operating hours. No appointment is needed to return items, though if you wish to make one or have further questions about the loner program please contact Daniel Gonzalez, Library Circulation Supervisor, at dgonzale@sdccd.edu.

Student ID Card

Student ID Card

Your student ID card = your Library ID card

Circulation Desk

Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is where you check out and return books. If you need to return a book after hours, a book drop is available outside the library entrance, to the left of the elevator.

Information Desk

Information Desk

The Information Desk is staffed by librarians who are there to help you with your research questions. Please ask us!

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