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Library Policies

Los Rios students, faculty, and staff must abide by all library, college and district policies and to be responsible for any materials borrowed. Any behavior that is disruptive to library use is against library policy. Students and patrons who violate library policy will lose library privileges and may be subject to college disciplinary action.


A set of guidelines has been established to promote an academic environment. The library asks that these guidelines be adhered to out of respect for your fellow students, the library and its staff. Violation of library policies may result in a loss of library privileges.

  • Students will no be able to borrow library books, access library databases, register for classes or request transcripts if the borrower:
  • • Has too many overdue items, OR
    • Has one or more billed item, OR
    • Owes $5 or more in unpaid fees.
  • All food and drink are prohibited in the library. Students with opened containers of food or drink will be asked to take them outside of the library.
  • Cell phones should be set to vibrate or turned off. Students talking on cell phones will be asked to leave the library.
  • Headphones are acceptable, as long as their volume does not disturb other students or staff.
  • Unreasonable or abusive behaviors will not be tolerated.

For faculty and staff borrowing guidelines, click here.

Library Card 
The Student Access Card is a Los Rios Library Card. Your card is valid at any of the Los Rios Community College District Libraries: American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College. Registered Los Rios students can borrow books from any one of these libraries. For lost cards, students will need to pay a replacement charge at Student Services before a new card can be issued.  

Borrowing Library Items

Item Type Loan Period Borrowing Limit
Circulating Books 21 days 7
Circulating Videos/DVDs/CDs 7 days 2
Reserve Materials 2 hrs, 1 day, 3 or 7 days 2
Reference Books & Periodicals Library Use Only

Be sure to check your gmail account for any library information notices about requested items, overdue books, or library late fees.

Periodicals: Academic Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers 
Current issues of periodicals are on display in the Library. Be sure to use the Online Subscription Periodical Databases to search periodical articles in full-text on a specific topic.

A copy machine is available for student use (10 cents per page). Printing from library computers is also 10 cents per page and requires a Student Access Card. Students can use their Student Access Card as a copy card or use cash to make copies. Color copies or print jobs are 50 cents per page.

Renewals/Patron Record
Use the Library Catalog menu screen to access the "My Record" bar under OTHER. Students are limited to one renewal per item. Borrowed items cannot be renewed online if they are already overdue. Overdue items must be be brought into the library for one renewal only. Items may be renewed if no other student has placed a hold on the item. In some cases, such as having overdue books, library fines or too many renewals, you may not be able to renew library items.

Request Books from other LRCCD Libraries  (ARCCRCEDCSCC)
Students need to use the Library Catalog to request books that will be delivered to the FLC or EDC campus library, free of charge, from any of the Los Rios Community College Libraries. Students may ask for help to place a "Hold" on any Los Rios District library book that is already checked out. NO "Hold" privileges are available for Reserve materials. There is approximately a three-day waiting period for books to arrive. Students may request up to 7 circulating books at one time.

Request Books from Other Libraries
Students may request books to be sent to the FLC or EDC libraries, free of charge, from other U.S. college and university libraries. There is approximately a two-week waiting period for books to arrive. Ask a librarian to assist you with your request.

Returning Library Items
Return all books and materials to the proper book return. The inside book return is located next to the Library entrance in Aspen Hall (FL1) and an additional return is located at the left end of the Circulation Counter. An outside book drop is available in the parking lot near the main campus entrance in front of Admissions and Records. 

Reserve Materials
These items are supplementary resources, including textbooks, made available by your instructors and circulate for short loan periods. Reserve materials can be found by searching the Reserves in the Library Catalog. To check out a reserve item, bring the call number for the item you want to our staff at the Circulation Counter. See Reserve fines policy below under the Fines section.

Silent Study Lab
The Library Classroom (FL1-35) is available for use as a silent study lab. Computers are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Group work, talking, or disruptive behavior is not allowed in the lab. The lab is unavailable from time to time due to scheduled instructions. Lab hours are posted weekly at the Silent Study Lab entrance.

Study Rooms
Study rooms are available in the Library for group study or individual study in a two-hour basis. Patrons must have a current Access Card, or ID, to reserve and check out rooms. Rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance. No same day reservations. Only one reservation per person/day. Study rooms may be renewed only once for another two (2) hour period. Renewals will not be granted if other students are waiting for a room. Patrons are responsible for the condition of the room. The library reserves the right to reassign or cancel reservations to assure the maximum and most appropriate use of its space. For the full Study Room Use Policy, please visit the Circulation Counter.

Overdue fines continue to accrue during the hours and days that the library is closed. Fines can be paid at the Circulation Counter. The FLC Library sends several overdue notices to patrons reminding them to return materials. Non-payment of fines or failure to return materials will result in a BLOCK on the student's records in Admissions. Blocks are cleared after fine payment is received. 

Circulating Books/Videos (per item)

Maximum Fine
Circulating Items $.50 per day $20.00
Videos/DVDs $.50 per day $25.00
Reserve Material (per item)

Minimum Fine

2-hour Reserve Items $1.00 per hour $50.00
1-day, 3-day, 7-day Items $1.00 per day $50.00
1-week Reserve items $1.00 per day $50.00

The maximum fine for overdue Reserve materials is the current replacement cost of the item, or a $50 minimum charge, whichever is greater. An additional processing fee of $10 will also be charged for items not returned.

Lost and Damaged Materials
Library materials that are lost or damaged will have a current replacement cost, plus a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee. Out-of-print materials will be reviewed by library faculty and staff to assess current replacement cost and also incur the $10.00 non-refundable processing fee.

Appealing Library Fines
The FLC Library makes every effort to regulate fines according to well-defined standards. You have the option of appealing fines and charges if you feel that the fine or charge has been inappropriately applied or that there are mitigating circumstances that should be taken into consideration. Appeals must be made within 30 days after the date of the fines billing. Contact the Circulation Counter for more information.


Computer Access
Access to LRCCD computers on campus and wireless Internet connection is available for enrolled students in the Library for personal computer use. However, the Library computers are available for research purposes only. Guests may request access to use FLC computers for up to two hours. Requests for such access will be considered if the requester is not a current student, but is 18 or older and can furnish suitable photo identification. Guests will be logged on by Computer Lab staff at designated guest computers only. ALL LRCCD computers are subject to monitoring to assure adherence to acceptable use standards (per district policies).

Friends of the Library Membership 
Residents of the community that are not currently enrolled in a Los Rios District course may purchase a Friends of the Library Member Card. This card allows anyone in the community to use the library for borrowing books and allows on-campus access to the online research databases. The cost of this card is $30.00 per year. Cards are available for FLC Alumni and children under 18 for $15.00 per year. FLC Emeriti Association Members may also join as Friends of the Library; the fee is included in the Emeriti Association member dues.
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