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Lending policies

Students may borrow circulating and reference books. Reserve materials, periodicals, videos and audio-visual equipment must be used in the library, unless a Librarian approves other arrangements. 

Faculty and staff may borrow circulating books, reference items, videos and art slides. Reserves and periodicals may be borrowed for a class period, or overnight, with permission of a Librarian.

Archive materials may be used in the library. Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Electronic resources are freely accessible through the on-campus academic computer network. Off-campus use is available to current SVC students, faculty and staff, using your SVC login credentials.   

All borrowing privileges will cease upon withdrawal from the College or termination of employment.

Alumni and community members may use all materials in the library, but may not check them out.

Circulating books and videos will be loaned through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and other reciprocal agreements. The Library Director has the right to deny a loan if an item is overly expensive, irreplaceable, or too new/popular. 

Electronic resources are available for use by individuals outside the SVC community on a walk-in basis. Off-campus use is not permissible as per our licensing agreements with vendors. 

Renewals are unlimited unless an item has been recalled or a hold has been placed. Renewal periods are subject to the same time limits as original loans (e.g. books for students are still due by the end of the semester.)

Circulating books
Students 60 days or end of term, whichever comes first
Faculty 90 days
ILL or reciprocal partners 28 days
Alumni & community members in-house use

 

Reference materials
Students       7 days or end of term, whichever comes first
Faculty 14 days
ILL or reciprocal partners unavailable
Alumni & community members in-house use

 

Videos
Students in-house use
Faculty and staff  30 days
ILL or reciprocal partners 28 days
Alumni & Community members in house use

 

Non-circulating items
Students in-house use
Faculty and staff at Librarian’s discretion
ILL or reciprocal partners unavailable
Alumni & Community members in-house use

Due date reminders and overdue notices are sent automatically from our circulation system to the borrower’s SVC e-mail address. This system will also alert you when holds become available. 

Borrowers may view due dates, renew materials and place holds online. From our card catalog:

  1. Go to http://libcat.svc.edu
  2. Log in using your usual SVC credentials (the same you use for email, computers, etc.)

Most materials checked out to students do not accrue fines until the final day of classes each semester. (Exceptions: Reserve items and interlibrary loan accrue fines of $1/day.) If a book is not returned by the last day of class the student’s account is billed a replacement fee plus any accrued fines. The replacement fee is either a standard fee (for example, $50 for regular books, $75 for Oversize) or the actual cost of the book, whichever is higher. Interlibrary loan replacement costs are set by the lending library, and often include processing fees as well.

Books checked out to students may be recalled if the student has had them for three weeks or more. Fines for recalled books that are not returned in five days are 50 cents per day, and are not waived. Interlibrary loans and other reciprocally borrowed items are subject to recall at any time. These should be returned within 5 business days, or will be assessed fines at $1 per day. 

Materials borrowed by faculty and staff are subject to recall, but not to fines. 

Interlibrary Loan, VCAL and other local libraries: Our Circulation Policy allows us to share with the larger community by participating in the state-wide Interlibrary Loan network as well as reciprocal borrowing agreements with Bennington College, Bennington Free Library, Williams College Libraries, and the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL). Loan periods for institutions who borrow from us are listed above. Please see our ILL Page for more information about how SVC patrons can borrow items via ILL. 

SVC faculty may visit VCAL libraries and borrow materials as determined by the lending library's policy. Please see here and contact the SVC Library Director for appropriate paperwork.

Faculty members from participating VCAL institutions may borrow from our library. Please visit us between 8am and 5pm on a weekday, and bring a signed VCAL Authorization Form and a borrower's card from your home library. See above for loan periods.

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Reserves policy & process

Please fill out our online submission form.

  • If you are putting a library-owned item on reserve, we will find it.
  • If you are providing the material yourself, please bring it to our office or drop it in our box in the 2nd floor mailroom.
  • Requests are usually processed within 24 hours.

Keep copyright and library policy in mind:

  • The FAQ below should answer most of your concerns, but feel free to contact a librarian with further questions. 
  • The Fair Use Checklist below is provided to assist you in determining whether your intended use complies with copyright guidelines.

NOTE: Previous textbook purchases were funded by a grant which is now spent. This process has changed from past semesters.

The library currently purchases required textbooks which retail over $100 for spring and fall semesters. Textbooks are made available for in-library use in our Reserve collection. The library does NOT purchase new books for summer, but will make available any that we already own. 

Procedure

  1. Prior to each semester, the bookstore sets a deadline and reminds faculty to fill out the form below to submit textbook requirements. Please DO NOT send requests directly to the library. 
  2. Once the bookstore order is finalized, the library will determine which books we already own, and which of the still-needed books meet our requirement of costing over $100. If a faculty member indicates on the submission form that a book it not needed in the library collection, we will not purchase it, even if it meets our requirements. We purchase used books if possible, but base the "Should we buy it?" decision on the cost of a new book.
  3. We purchase books with enough lead time to have them on the shelves on the first day of the semester. 
  4. If you have a copy of a book we are not purchasing, and you would like to place it on Reserve, please bring it to Sarah or Andrea for processing. For these required textbooks, you do NOT need to use our Reserve form. (All other items for Reserve do need to go through the form.)

Summer 2017 Submission Form (Deadline is April 10, 2017.)

Other info:

  • We do NOT purchase multiple copies (except for large courses like EN101/102 or A&P) but if you'd like to add a desk copy to the collection, you are welcome to do that. See item 4 above. 
  • We run a report at the end of the semester and let you know how often a book for your class was checked out. This may help you with future planning. 
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Other policies

The primary purpose of Library space is for use by individual walk-in students.

Classes: Instructors may bring classes into the library for group work, but should plan ahead of time with the Library Director. Classes MAY NOT monopolize library computers.

Events: The library may be used during off hours for special events. These should be arranged well in advance with the Library Director, and set up/tear down time should be accounted for when planning around library hours. The faculty or staff person arranging the event is responsible for leaving the space clean, returning furniture to its original place, and securing the library when leaving.

Study Rooms: The library has three study rooms. These rooms are intended for quiet or group study, not for meetings or office hours. They are available on a "first come, first served" basis and may not be reserved. 

Quiet study: We do not have a designated "quiet area". The main reading room is also the reference room, so normal-level conversation should be expected. The computers in the stacks area tend to be more isolated and quiet. Suggestions and comments on this subject are encouraged! Please contact Sarah Sanfilippo with your input. Quiet Hours are enforced after 8pm when classes are in session. 

Tutoring: The Center for Teaching and Learning's tutoring office is housed in the library. This includes the Tutoring Coordinator's office, and a table for use by student tutors. Tutor hours will be posted; if there are no tutoring hours underway, the table may be used by other library patrons.

Posting policy: 

All questions about postings should be directed to the Library Director. 

Only library-related materials are allowed on bulletin boards. We will make exceptions if there is room and the content is appropriate. Posting requests should be brought to the Library Director for approval. Library bulletin boards include:

  • Library entrance
  • Wall above library copier
  • Mansion 2nd floor across from 203

No flyers, brochures, handouts, etc. are allowed on library tables, walls, bookshelves, or windows

We WILL work with you to find other ways of promoting events. If appropriate, we can:

  • Post events on our calendar, which shows on our web page
  • Spread the word via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts
  • Create a book display (with student input) to promote an event
  • Host a collection box for food or clothing drives, etc.
 
NOTE: There is also a bulletin board in the library dedicated to tutoring. For questions about this space please contact the Tutoring Coordinator.

Thinking of donating to us? (Or to another library?) Read this first.

This policy is being revised. Check back soon.

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