Borrowing Guidelines

Borrowing Guidelines

It is the libraries' intent to protect the privacy of each individual's intellectual investigations. Confidentiality of users' transactions with the libraries - information concerning use of the libraries' resources - will not be released except upon receipt of a lawfully issued subpoena search warrant or other judicial order.

Our libraries own over 16,000 unique print and non-print titles which reflect the programs offered at MSTC campuses. Over 250 periodicals along with a variety of online databases, provide students, staff, and library users with the most current information available.

Borrowing Privileges

Mid-State Technical College library patrons include students, faculty, staff, and adult residents in the MSTC District. Residents, individuals, and organizations need to present two valid and current identification items to apply for a library card.

Borrower Responsibilities

  • Bring your library card with you when you come to the library.
  • You are responsible for what you check out. Pay attention to loan periods, due dates, and return policies. You are responsible for keeping track of when your checked out items are due. You are responsible for prompt return of all borrowed materials.
  • Keep your email and correspondence addresses up-to-date with the College and library.

Loan Periods

Regular Loans

  • General collection books, paperbacks, and magazines: 21 days
  • Psychology and Sociology special collections videos for students, faculty, and staff: 7 days
  • Non-print materials for students, faculty, and staff: 7 days
  • Non-print materials for residents and general public: 1 day

Reserve Loans
There are several loan periods for reserve items - overnight, 2-day, 3-day, one week and semester checkout. Some items may be restricted to in-library use only.

ILL Loans
The lending library determines the loan period, which may vary from two to four weeks. Due dates will be located on the item. If a longer loan period is desired, renewals must be requested prior to the due date and are at the discretion of the lending library. Limitations such as "No Renewal" and "In Library Use Only" must be honored.

Note: Reference collections are to support the campus programs' curriculum. Reference items are for in-library use only.

Library Fees

Overdue Fines

  • MSTC Libraries do not charge overdue fines for items checked out for 21 days.
  • The overdue charge for reserve items is $1.00 per day. There is no grace period.
  • The status of long overdue item will be changed to "lost." lost items are subject to a $10.00 processing fee along with appropriate replacement cost of the items. The fee will be mandatory and not forgiven if the items are returned to the library in useable condition.

Other Library Fees

  • Lost items: $10.00 processing fee + replacement cost
  • Damaged items: $10,00 processing fee + replacement cost
  • Library replacement card: $5.00

Notices

An overdue notice is sent after an item is seven days overdue (unless a reserve item). Further overdue notices will be sent at weekly intervals until the item is determined to be lost – at that time the patron will be charged replacement costs and processing fees as stated above.

Failure to receive a notice does not remove the borrower's obligation to return materials on time or to pay charges incurred. Please note that students who have outstanding charges and have been placed on academic hold will be unable to register for classes, receive transcripts, or graduate until these obligations are met.

For faculty and staff who have outstanding charges, a copy of the Fine/Fee Notice will be sent to the department Supervisor or Academic Dean.

Renewing Library Materials

General collection, back issues of magazines, and nonprint items may be renewed, provided the items have not been requested by another patron, the borrower is in good standing, and the items are not overdue. Library patrons may renew an item up to two times. After the maximum number of renewals the item must be returned to the library for a period of at least 24 hours before the item may be checked out again by the patron.

In Person
Materials can be renewed in person by bringing your library card to your campus library desk.

By Phone
Materials can be renewed by phone during the library business hours by providing your library card number to library staff.

Online:

  • Go to the MSTC Library catalog
  • Click on the "Review Your Account/RENEW Items"
  • Enter patron barcode, your last name, and click login
  • Scroll down to "Items Checked Out" to review list of items checked out and due dates
  • Click the box in front of each item to be renewed. Then click "Renew Items" at the bottom of the list
  • Be certain to review the Items Checked Out list again to see the new due dates. Items marked as Not Renewed do not provide new due dates.
  • Click logout to exit your library record
  • Online renewals must be done at least one day prior to the due date.

In order to renew any overdue item, all overdue items checked out to the patron must be brought to the library in person.