COLLEGE LIBRARY CARDS

Students, faculty, administration, and staff are eligible for college library cards with full borrowing privileges. A SWIC photo ID card with a library barcode serves as the library card. SWIC IDs are free and can be obtained from the Public Safety Offices at Belleville and Granite or the Administrative Offices at Red Bud.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY CARDS

Residents of District #522 who are 18 years of age or older and not enrolled or employed by Southwestern Illinois College may register for a community library card. An annual card fee of $25 is charged. Proof of age and residence (tax, utility bill, etc.) are required.

REPLACEMENT CARDS

Lost or damaged library cards may be replaced by obtaining a replacement photo ID from Public Safety for a fee.

RESPONSIBILITY

Library material will be checked out to the registered cardholder only. Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out to their library cards. The library should be notified immediately when a card is lost or stolen.

LENGTH OF LOAN

Southwestern Illinois College Library circulates material in a variety of formats including books, CDs, DVDs, and reserve material. The following terms of loan are applicable as indicated:

Loan Periods & Limits:
– Books – 5 per subject – 4 weeks
– Children’s Literature – 4 weeks
– Videos – 5 total – 2 weeks
– CD/DVD – 5 total – 2 weeks
– Reserve Material – Designated by instructor or library policy
– Total Number of Items 15

RENEWAL

Library material may be renewed twice, unless a hold has been placed on the item(s). SWIC Library items that are not overdue may be renewed online, in person at the library or by telephone. Library materials do not need to be present when renewing at the circulation desk.

REQUESTING MATERIAL FROM OTHER LIBRARIES: INTERLIBRARY LOAN

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service provides patrons access to resources that are unavailable at their Southwestern Illinois College Library location. A patron may initiate an interlibrary loan through the library online catalog using a valid SWIC Library card. Completion of an interlibrary loan form is required for items that are not available through the online catalog. Patrons may place ten interlibrary loan requests and ten periodical requests at one time. The library will notify patrons of the arrival of interlibrary loan items by telephone, mail, or email. Interlibrary loan items are held at the circulation desk for one week following notification. The circulation period for materials borrowed through interlibrary loan is determined by the lending library. In order to maintain borrowing privileges with cooperating libraries, it is imperative that material obtained through interlibrary loan be returned by patrons in a timely manner. Return of lost interlibrary loan material that has been paid for by Southwestern Illinois College Library cannot be accepted by the library for reimbursement.

LIBRARY USE ONLY

The following library materials are not intended for circulation to students: reference books, periodicals, and newspapers. Special exceptions may be made for faculty or staff.

FINES AND FEES

Fines
– Books, Videos, & DVDs – $5.00 processing fee charged per item 30 days after the due date
– Interlibrary loan items – assessed by owning library

Fees
– Photocopies – B/W $.10 per page; Color $.60 per page
– Computer printouts – B/W $.10 per page; Color $.60 per page
– Damaged/mutilated barcodes – $5.00

OVERDUE LIBRARY MATERIAL NOTIFICATION

The library will attempt to notify patrons regarding overdue material. Patrons having fines or lost materials will be deemed delinquent. Registration for courses and issue of college diploma or transcripts will be blocked until compensation is received.

LOST AND DAMAGED MATERIALS

Patrons are responsible for all material borrowed. Patrons who borrow and damage or lose library material are responsible for replacement cost. Items not returned within 30 days of the date due are considered lost and an invoice is issued. Charges for damaged and lost items are set by the owning library. Material that is lost and returned for reimbursement must be evaluated by the librarian.

HOLDS

Library patrons may place holds for items that are not immediately available for use. Library staff will notify patrons when the item(s) are available. Items will be held for one week following the date of notification. (Exception to this rule may be made for high-demand items.) The library cannot assume responsibility for notifications that are not received or relayed. Prompt retrieval of items on hold is the responsibility of the library patron. Holds are cancelled after one week and the requested items are returned to general circulation or held for the next user on the hold list.

SUSPENSION OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES

The library suspends borrowing privileges when patron fines reach $5 or when library material is damaged or lost. Restrictions are placed with the college business office. Unpaid restrictions result in a block on registration and issue of grades, transcripts, and diplomas. Patrons who clear restrictions by paying fines and fees for damaged and lost material will have borrowing privileges promptly reinstated and regain access to grades, transcripts and diplomas.