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Library Policies: Borrowing/Circulation

CIRCULATION SERVICES TO STUDENTS

Basic Borrowing Privileges:
  • Library cards, either a current student ID with a barcode on the back, or a paper MWCC Library card, are required to check out materials.
  • Items typically may be checked out for 28 days, and can be renewed if no other user is waiting for them.
  • Students may have a maximum of 20 items checked out at one time.
  • Journals may not be checked out of the library.
  • Loan periods for reserve materials are variable. Many items on reserve may be used in the library only, and may be checked out for 2 hours. Other materials may have different loan periods. The circulation staff will inform you of the loan period at the time of checkout.
Reserve Materials:

Some instructors place materials (books articles, videos, etc.) on reserve for their students. These materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out to students with a valid library card. The checkout period for items on reserve is determined by the faculty member who assigns the readings. Since reserve materials are shelved according to the instructor’s last name, students should be prepared to ask for materials by the name of the instructor.

Fines:
  • Once overdue, most materials accrue late fees of 5¢ per day, up to a maximum of $2.00 per item.
  • Special collections, including reserve materials, circulation desk items, and videos, accrue fines at a rate of 25¢ per day, up to a maximum of $2.00 per item.
  • Fines in excess of $10 will force a block on student records.
  • Students will receive notification of overdue items, and a bill for the replacement cost of an item will be sent 4 weeks after an item is due. Once a bill is generated, a student’s record will be blocked.
  • Students will be responsible for the cost of replacement if an item is lost or damaged beyond repair. The library staff will determine if the damage to an item requires it to be replaced.
Holds and Recalls:

MWCC Library honors the initial loan period of a checked out item. If a book is needed and has been checked out, a hold may be placed on the item. Library users may also place holds on available materials located at other libraries through the online library catalog. Please ask for more information at the Circulation Desk. Alternately, if an item that you have checked out is required by another user, you may not renew the item, and a notice of recall shall be initiated. If, after the person who has the item checked out has been informed by telephone that a recall has been initiated (one day after the due date), fines will be accrued at a rate of $1.00 per day. Failure to return a recall item within 7 days of the due date will result in an immediate block on student records.

End-of-Semester Due Dates:

All library materials must be returned to the library by the last scheduled day of classes. Students who do not return the items to the library, or do not make arrangements to extend the due date, will have their student records blocked. Once the items are returned, and the late fees resolved, the block will be lifted

Worcester ARC Cards:

See CROSS BORROWING FOR WORCESTER ARC MEMBERS on this page.

CIRCULATION SERVICES TO FACULTY & STAFF

Basic Borrowing Privileges:
  • An MWCC Library card is required to check out materials. Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you do not have a card.
  • Items typically may be checked out for the duration of a semester, or for the winter or summer intersession.
  • Faculty and staff may have a maximum of 20 items checked out at one time.
  • Print journals do not typically leave the library, but please discuss the possibility of checking out a journal with the library staff.
Reserve Materials:

MWCC faculty members are invited to place materials for their classes on reserve in the library. These materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out to students with a valid library card. Reserve materials may include books owned by the library, books owned by the instructor, previous exams, photocopies of journal articles, and other various media (for example, DVDs, videotapes, software, etc.). All copied materials must adhere to copyright guidelines. The checkout period for items on reserve is determined by the faculty member who assigns the readings. Since reserve materials are shelved according to the instructor’s last name, students should be prepared to ask for materials by the name of the instructor.

Fines:
  • Faculty and staff do not accrue fines on overdue materials that belong to the MWCC Library. The library trusts that faculty and staff will be diligent in returning library materials in a timely fashion. Overdue items from other libraries, however, may accrue fines.
  • Faculty will receive notification of overdue items, and a bill for the replacement cost of an item will be mailed 4 weeks after an item is due. Faculty and staff will be held responsible for the replacement fee of a lost or damaged item. The library staff will determine if the damage to an item requires it to be replaced.
Holds and Recalls:

MWCC Library honors the initial loan period of a checked out item. If an item is needed and has been checked out, a hold may be placed on the item. Library users may also place holds on materials located at other libraries through the online library catalog. Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions. Alternately, if an item that you have checked out is required by another user, you may not renew the item, and a notice of recall shall be initiated. Since the loan period for faculty and staff is extended, an effort may be made by the library staff to shorten the loan period, if possible.

Worcester ARC Cards:

See CROSS BORROWING FOR WORCESTER ARC MEMBERS on this page.

Emeriti Policy:

Faculty members and administrators who have been granted emeritus status will also be granted full faculty library privileges, including remote access to databases and interlibrary loan. Please contact the library for more information.

CIRCULATION SERVICES TO COMMUNITY USERS

Basic Borrowing Privileges:
  • Library users must be of high school age or older, and bring proof of address to receive a library card.
  • Library users who hold a valid library card from a C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing) circulating library may use that card at MWCC.
  • Items typically may be checked out for 21 days, and can be renewed once for an additional 21 days if no one else is waiting for them.
  • Library users may have a maximum of 10 items checked out at one time.
  • Magazines and journals may not be checked out of the library.
  • Some materials are on reserve for academic courses, and may not be checked out of the library.
Fines:
  • Once overdue, most materials accrue late fees of 10¢ per day, up to a maximum of $3.00 per item.
  • Additional materials may not be checked out on a card once items are overdue.
  • Library users will receive notification of overdue items, and a bill for the replacement cost of an item will be mailed 4 weeks after an item is due.
  • Library users will be responsible for the cost of replacement if an item is lost or damaged beyond repair. The library staff will determine if the damage to an item requires it to be replaced.
Holds and Recalls:

MWCC Library honors the initial loan period of a checked out item. If a book is needed and has been checked out, a hold may be placed on the item. Library users may also place holds on available materials located at other libraries through the online library catalog. Please ask for more information at the Circulation Desk. Alternately, if an item that you have checked out is required by another user, you may not renew the item, and a notice of recall shall be initiated. If, after the person who has the item checked out has been informed by telephone that a recall has been initiated (one day after the due date), fines will be accrued at a rate of $1.00 per day. Books needed for reserve take precedence over any other need and may be recalled at any time.

CROSS BORROWING FOR WORCESTER ARC MEMBERS

Members of the Worcester Academic and Research Collaborative have agreed to share their resources by means of a cross borrowing program. Member libraries include academic, public, and special research libraries. Policies and procedures listed below encourage appropriate use of the libraries collections by faculty, staff, and students, but also protect the integrity of the home institution’s collections.

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