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Library Policies

Library Card

The Student Access Card is also your 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. Students will need to pay a replacement charge at Student Services to replace a lost card.

Student Borrowing Guidelines

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

Faculty and Staff Borrowing Guidelines

Code of Conduct
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 a safe, welcoming and accessible 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.

  • 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.
  • Students will not be able to borrow library books, access library databases, register for classes or request transcripts if the borrower:
    1. Has too many overdue items, OR
    2. Has one or more billed items, OR
    3. Owes $5 or more in unpaid fees

Computer Access
Access to on-campus LRCCD computers and a secured wireless Internet connection is available for currently enrolled students in the Library. Library computers are available for research purposes only. Per District policy, all LRCCD computers are subject to monitoring to assure adherence to acceptable use standards. Connect your personal device(s) to the LRCCD wireless network using your Los Rios ID and password.

Check your Los Rios Gmail account for any library information notices about requested items, overdue books, or library late fees. You can visit My Library Record to renew items, view and pay fines, and view your reading history.

Periodicals: Academic Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers
Current issues of select print periodicals are on display in the Library. Browse the Publication Finder to find online full-text access to periodicals 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
Visit My Library Record to renew items, view and pay fines, and view your reading history. 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)
You may request books from any Los Rios Library to be delivered to the FLC or EDC campus library, free of charge. Locate the book in OneSearch, then select the Request This Item button to complete the request. Ask any librarian if you need help placing a "Hold" on any Los Rios library book. "Hold" privileges are not available for Reserve materials. There is an approximate 3-day waiting period for books to arrive at your preferred campus library. Students may request up to 7 circulating books at one time.

Request Books from Other Libraries
Students may request books from outside the Los Rios Library System to be sent to the FLC or EDC libraries, free of charge. Please ask a librarian to assist you with your request.

Returning Library Items
There are 3 book returns available for the return of all books and materials. The inside book return is located next to the Library entrance in Aspen Hall (FL-1) 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
Reserve items are supplementary resources, including textbooks, made available by your instructors that circulate for short loan periods. Reserve materials can be found by searching Find Textbook Reserves (FLC), Find Textbook Reserves (EDC), or Find Textbook Reserves (RCC). To check out a reserve item, bring your Student Access Card and 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 during 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 on a 2-hour basis. Patrons must have a current Student Access Card to reserve and check out rooms. Rooms may be reserved up to 1 week in advance. For the full Study Room Use Policy, please visit the Circulation Counter.

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

Circulating Books & Videos  Accrual Rate Per Item  Maximum Fine Per Item
Circulating Items $.50 per day $20.00
Videos/DVDs $.50 per day $25.00

Reserve Materials  Accrual Rate Per Item  Maximum Fine Per Item
2-hour Reserve Items $1.00 per hour Current price of book
1-day, 3-day, 7-day Items  $1.00 per day Current price of book
1-week Reserve Items $1.00 per day Current price of book

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 non-refundable 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 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 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 the fine or charge has been inappropriately applied or 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.

Community Users

Computer Access
Library computers are available for research purposes only. Guests may request access to use FLC computers for up to 2 hours. Requests for such access will be considered if the requester is not a current student, but is 18 or older and can provide photo identification. Guests will be logged on by Computer Lab staff at designated guest computers only. Per District policy, all LRCCD computers are subject to monitoring to assure adherence to acceptable use standards.

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 Friends of the Library Member Card costs $30 per year. FLC Alumni and children under 18 can purchase a card for $15 per year. FLC Emeriti Association Members may also join the Friends of the Library; the fee is included in the Emeriti Association membership dues.

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