Borrow, Return, Renew
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 City 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.
Lost or damaged library cards may be replaced by obtaining a replacement photo ID from Public Safety for a fee.
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
Library material may be renewed twice. 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 (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 intended for in-house use only: reference books, periodicals, and newspapers. Special exceptions may be made for faculty or staff.
FINES AND FEES
- Fines may be assessed for equipment, models and items from the Library’s Reserve Collection.
- Interlibrary loan items – assessed by owning library
- 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.
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.