To borrow items from the library, students need an SCC student ID card. These cards can be obtained in the library at the check-out desk. You will need to present a photo ID and a copy of your class schedule or your tuition receipt. Faculty and staff can use their SCC ID card to borrow materials, and community patrons can obtain a community borrower card at the library check-out desk.
As an SCC student, you can also borrow materials (using your SCC student ID) from libraries at other WA state community and technical colleges such as Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, the Seattle Community Colleges, and Bellevue Community College. You can search for a community college in your neighborhood here.
The borrowing periods that are outlined below for each type of library item are general rules. Occassionally there are special circumstances for particular items that may override these rules. You can Log In to your library account to check the due date for materials you currently have checked out. In all cases the due date provided to you at the point of check out is the final word on when your items need to be returned!
- BOOKS: Most books can be checked out for three weeks. Exceptions to this general rule are books from the reference collection (which can only be checked out through special arrangement with a Librarian) and books that have been placed on reserve (checkout periods vary for reserve items).
- AUDIO CDs: Generally, one week.
- VIDEOS AND DVDs: One week for items in the Open Collection. Videos stored behind the counter in the Media area are for in-library use only.
- MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS AND JOURNALS: One week.
- EQUIPMENT (Laptops, cameras, etc.): Equipment borrowing periods vary by equipment type. Contact the Media department for specific details at 206 546-4529.
- COURSE RESERVES: The borrowing periods for course reserves vary based on many factors. Contact the reserve counter for information on specific titles at 206 546-4556.
Item Limits for Checkout
Limits vary depending upon the type of patron you are. If you are a member of the SCC community (a student or a member of the staff or faculty) you can check out a maximum of 25 items. Members of the general public are limited to a total of 10 items. In addition to these general limits, the following item-type limits also exist:
- AUDIO (CDs, etc): Check 5 of these items out at one time.
- VIDEO (DVDs, VHSs, etc): Check 5 of these out at one time.
- COURSE RESERVES: Check 2 of these out at one time.
Fines, Fees & Penalties
It's important to return items you borrow by their due date. If you don't some bad things can happen! The library will charge you fines for overdue items, and if items are really overdue you can be blocked from borrowing other materials and from registering for classes or conducting other business with the college (such as acquiring transcripts). Additionally, cases dealing with seriously overdue items may be forwarded to a collection agency.
Fines, fees, and penalties vary depending on what is overdue and how late it is. Below are some general guidelines regarding what can happen if you don't return your library materials on time. If an item is more than 10 days overdue, you will be charged the cost of replacing that item plus a fee to cover the processing of the replacement. If that item is later returned, the replacement charge and fee will be waived, but overdue fines may still apply.
- The fine on Reserve, Reference, and Media material, which is checked out by the hour, is 50 cents an hour per item, up to $2.50 per day, to a maximum of the cost of the item.
- Overdue reserve material and media material from the open or closed collections with loan periods of 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or 7 days is charged $2.50 per day (for example, 5 DVDs one day overdue would be $12.50 [5 x $2.50]), regardless of the time of day the material is returned, to a maximum of the cost of the item.
- Equipment fines vary depending upon the piece of equipment. A penalty of $5.00 per item per day is charged for a camcorder, tripod, laptop or lighting kit if returned late.
Call the Circulation Desk if you have questions: 206 546-4556.
Library materials can be renewed for additional borrowing periods. The number of times you can renew an item depends on what type of item it is. Please note that holds can be placed on items that are checked out. When a hold has been placed, that item cannot be renewed. You can renew your items in person at the check-out desk, by calling us during normal business hours at 206 546-4556, or by accessing your account online on this webpage. Here are some guidelines related to renewals for various types of materials:
- BOOKS: Can be renewed twice.
- MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS AND JOURNALS: Can be renewed twice.
- AUDIO (CDs, etc): Can be renewed twice.
- VIDEO (DVDs, VHS) from the open collection: Can be renewed twice.
- COURSE RESERVES: Cannot be renewed.
- EQUIPMENT: Equipment renewals vary based on a number of factors. Please contact the Media department to inquire about renewing specific items at 206 546-4529.
Student Projector/Laptop Circulation
- This portable presentation combo (LCD projector/laptop) is for classroom use on Shoreline or Lake Forest Park campus only. It cannot be taken off campus for personal use.
- It is available for checkout by ALL currently enrolled Shoreline Community College students with valid SCC photo ID, or appropriate proof of enrolment. Faculty/staff checkouts are generally not permitted. However, exceptions can be made by the Media Services Coordinator or Dean of Library Media Services.
- A brief training session lasting approximately five minutes must be completed before anyone can be authorized to check out this equipment. This can be done at check out.
- Equipment is available on a first come first served basis. Reservation can be made one week in advance.
- Equipment can be checked out for up to four (4) hours, but must be returned on the SAME DAY it is checked out.
- A penalty of $70 per day will be charged for every day this equipment is returned late.
- Borrowers are responsible for checking the condition of the equipment at time of transaction. Any problem must be noted on the check out form.
- In case of damage or loss, borrower will be held responsible for reasonable repair or replacement cost of equipment.
- All media equipment owned and maintained by Shoreline Community College are intended solely for the educational use of Shoreline Community College students, staff and faculty. Personal and/or commercial uses are strictly prohibited.
- Shoreline Community College is not responsible for any injury and/or damage caused by the improper or unintended use of its media equipment.
- Refer all disputes to the Media Services Coordinator or the Dean of Library Media Services.
Video Production Equipment Circulation Policy
- Camcorders, tripods and video lighting kits are available for check-out to currently enrolled Shoreline Community College students and faculty. Students in television production classes will be given higher priority. Reservation can be made at Media Center main desk with staff assistance.
- A check-out form including the borrower’s name, address, phone number and other relevant information must be completed by each borrower.
- Check-out period is limited to one day, or 24 hours (i.e., equipment checked out on Monday must be returned by same time on Tuesday), except Friday check-outs, which may be returned the following Monday morning before 10:00 a.m.
- A penalty of $5 per item per day is charged for a camcorder, tripod or lighting kit if returned late.
- Borrowers are responsible for checking the condition of the equipment at time of transaction. Any problem must be noted on the check-out form.
- In case of loss or damage, borrower can be held responsible for reasonable repair or replacement cost of equipment.
- Multiple reservations are generally not allowed. Exceptions can be made for special cases. Multiple reservations must be made with the help of media staff.
- All media equipment owned and maintained by Shoreline Community College is intended solely for the educational use of Shoreline Community College students, staff and faculty. Personal and commercial uses are strictly prohibited.
- Shoreline Community College is not responsible for any injury and/or damage caused by improper or unintended use of its media equipment.
- Refer all disputes to the Media Services Coordinator or the Dean of Library/Media Services.