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Circulation Services

 
The Circulation Desk checks materials in and out of the library, collects fines, maintains the photocopiers, retrieves Media Lab, older periodicals and Archives requests, and provides directional information.
 

CHECKOUT INFORMATION

Books
Checkout for 
home use?
Loan Period
Renewable?

Fine Amount

Reference
no
--
--

--

Reserve
Most: no
Few: yes
Most: 2 hours
Few: 1 - 3 days
no

$5/hour

Circulating
yes
3 weeks
yes

25 cents/day

Magazines
Checkout for 
home use?
Loan Period
Renewable?

Fine Amount

Current
no
--
--

--

Microform
no
--
--

--

Older issues
yes
7 days
yes

15 cents/day

Folders
Checkout for 
home use?
Loan Period
Renewable?

Fine Amount

Reserve files

no

no

Vocational pamphlets

yes

7 days

yes

15 cents/day

Media Programs
Checkout for 
home use?
Loan Period
Renewable?

Fine Amount

Compact Disc (CD) recordings


Most: no
Some: yes

Most: 2 hours
Some: 1 - 2 days

no

50 cents/hour

DVDs & VHS (Media Lab)

no

2 hours

no

50 cents/hour

Reserve videos

no

2 hours

no

50 cents/hour

 

BOOKS FROM DVC or LMC

Books that are not available at CCC might be available from the library at Diablo Valley College or Los Medanos College (the other colleges in our district). For information about requesting a book to be sent to CCC, see the Hold Requests and Interlibrary Loan sections below.

You may also go to either of those libraries and check out circulating books using your CCC ID card. You may then return those books at your home campus library and the staff will send them to their proper library "home." Please note that this return service is only available for books from the CCC, DVC and LMC libraries.

FINES

Fines are charged for overdue and/or lost library materials. In accordance with Governing Board Policy 5018, grades, transcripts, and registration privileges shall be withheld until all library books or other library materials are returned (and library checkout privileges will be suspended). A hold may also be placed on student records (grades, transcripts) if the amount of fines owed is excessive.

FINE MAXIMUM: Fines accumulate to a maximum amount. For a circulating book, this amount is $10; for a Reserve book, it is $50; for a magazine or pamphlet, it is $5.

HOLD REQUESTS

You may place your own REQUEST/HOLD on a circulating book via the online catalog. This is a good idea if you are doing your research from off-campus and want to make sure that a book you want to use will be available for you to check out when you get to the Library. You can use this same process to request circulating books from DVC and LMC, too (takes approximately 2 working days to arrive).

Click on the REQUEST/HOLD button shown at the top of the full record display (you must be using the web version of the online catalog). Fill in your name, student ID number, and pickup location, then click on Submit. You will get a message reporting on the success of your request. Keep in mind that some items (reserves, telecourse tapes, media, reference, storage) cannot have holds placed on them

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

Books that are not available at CCC may be available via interlibrary loan (ILL) from one of the other colleges in our district (Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College). ILL from other libraries outside the district is not available.

You may place your own REQUEST/HOLD to have a circulating book sent from DVC or LMC via the online catalog. The book will be sent by campus mail and held at the Circulation Desk for pickup when it arrives (usually within 2 working days). The checkout period is usually the same as if it belonged to CCC.

LOST MATERIALS

Lost items will be billed at current list prices, where possible. The replacement cost for a magazine will be $5. The bill for a lost book will be the list price plus a $10 replacement fee plus a $10 processing fee.

RENEWALS

You may renew materials in person at the Circulation Desk, by phone 510-215-4921, or online through the Library's online catalog by clicking on My Library Record on the upper right side of the screen. Once an item is overdue, it may only be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk.

REQUEST A SEARCH

If you can't find a book on the shelf:

  • Verify the call number and library location in the online catalog.
     
  • Ask the reference librarian on duty to help you locate the book.
  • If the book is still not found, request a Search & Hold at the Circulation Desk. Fill out the form with the title & call number of the book, and your contact information. Library staff will search for the item at several timed intervals.They will notify you if it is found. If the requested book can't be found after repeated searches over a 3-week time period, you will be notified that the book is considered lost and the search closed

RESERVE MATERIALS

The Reserve collection consists of materials that instructors have placed on "reserve" for students to use in the library for short periods of time. It includes textbooks, lab manuals, solution guides, article reprints, old tests, personal books belonging to instructors, telecourse programs, and me reference materials. See Checkout Chart above for loan periods.

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