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Library Policies

Access to Databases

Off-campus, or remote, access to the SCC databases is restricted to current students, faculty and staff of St. Charles Community College. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC or are not currently employed by the college, you will not have access to these databases remotely.

Requesting Material From Other Libraries

MOBIUS

The SCC Library is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium of more than 60 academic libraries in the state of Missouri. Currently enrolled SCC students, faculty and staff can request books from any library in MOBIUS. Requested books arrive in about three days, and you are notified when they are available for pickup. If it is not convenient for you to pick up your books at SCC, you may request for books to be sent to any library in MOBIUS though Pickup Anywhere.

How to Request Books from MOBIUS

Interlibrary Loan

Research materials which are not found in the Archway or MOBIUS online catalogs or cannot be accessed via our full-text online databases can be obtained from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) process. Materials take 1-2 weeks to arrive depending on the lending library. Forms may be obtained at the Reference Desk, or you can fill out a form online.

Number of Inter-Library Loan requests that may be submitted:

  • Students: Five requests per semester.
  • Faculty and staff: There is no limit unless a fee is charged by the lending library. No more than 10 fee-based interlibrary loans may be requested per semester. If needed for classes taken at another school, the faculty/staff member is encouraged to use that institution's library for requesting interlibrary loan materials.
  • Interlibrary loan is not available to community users.

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Loan Policies

Loan Periods

Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff can check out circulating materials with a valid SCC ID card. Community users with a valid card may also check out materials.

  • Books - four weeks.
  • Audiovisual - Students, faculty and staff members may check out audiovisual material (DVD, sound recordings, etc.) for 10 days with the exception of those placed on reserve by faculty members. Community users must use audiovisual materials in the library.
  • Laptops - The library loans laptops to current SCC students, who do not have overdue materials or outstanding fines. Students are to use these laptops solely in the library. The checkout period is two hours with one renewal if available upon request.
  • Periodicals - Library use only for all patrons.
  • Reference Books - Library use only for all patrons.
  • Reserves - Students, faculty and staff only. Loan periods are set by instructors.

Renewing Items

You may renew a book or an audiovisual item through the account link on the library’s page, by calling the Circulation Desk at 636-922-8434, or visiting the library.

Students, Faculty and Staff have unlimited renewals unless a hold has been placed on the book. Audiovisual items may renew once. Mobius books may renew twice for four weeks each. Community Users have one renewal unless a hold has been placed on the book.

Overdue Fines

There are no fines for overdue books. A bill for the estimated cost of a replacement copy plus an additional $15 processing fee (for each book) will be sent to the patron one week after an item is due. The replacement cost for books borrowed from other MOBIUS libraries is $120 for each book. Students with overdue books will have their student records "flagged" which will prohibit them from receiving their grades, enrolling in classes and having their transcripts sent to other institutions.

While there are no fines on overdue books, overdue reserve and audiovisual material incur the following fines:

  • Reserve Material
    • 1-hour reserve – $1 per hour.
    • 2-hour reserve – 50 cents per hour.
    • 24-hour reserve – 50 cents per hour.
    • 1-day, 3-day & 7-day reserve – $1 per day each day the library is open.
    • Maximum fine will be the replacement cost of the item.
  • Audiovisual Material (videos, sound recordings, etc.)
    • 10 day checkout – $1 per day each day the library is open.
    • Maximum fine will be the replacement cost of the item.

Loan periods, fines and checkout limits may vary depending upon the patron category.

Placing Items on Hold

Students, faculty, staff and community users may reserve a book that is currently checked out by placing a "hold" on the book. When the book is returned, we will notify you by email. Books must be picked up at the circulation desk within one week of notification. Patrons may place a hold on a book by contacting the circulation desk at 636-922-8434, or by clicking the Request button in the record of the book in the online catalog.

Lost or Damaged Items

All borrowers will be required to pay the replacement cost plus a $15 processing fee for each lost or damaged item. The replacement cost for books borrowed from other MOBIUS libraries is $120 for each book.

Refunds for Materials Lost and Paid

A full refund will be given if the item is returned with a receipt within 14 days of payment. If it is returned with a receipt within six months of payment, the cost of the item but not the processing fee will be refunded. After six months, no refund will be given.

Computers and Printing

Library Computer Use

The library computers are open to the SCC community and visitors. Students and employees must login using their campus email and password. Visitors can be logged in by the librarians. Because of the primary purpose of the library is to serve students, availability of computers for visitors will be subject to student demand and use. Unaccompanied minors will not be allowed to use the computers.

Printing

Black & white printing is available from SCC Library computers, but not available from laptops. Prints are $0.10 single-sided and $0.15 double-sided. Cash only.

Photocopying

Black & white photocopying is available on the first floor of the SCC Library. Photocopies are $.15 single-sided and $0.30 double-sided. Cash only.

Community Users

Current residents of St. Charles County who are not enrolled at SCC may apply for a Community User Card. A Community User Card enables patrons to check out up to three items at one time from the SCC Library. For more information, see loan periods and renewing information for Community Users.

St. Charles County residents wishing to apply for a Community User Card should present personal identification bearing their name and address to the Circulation Desk.

Collection Development Policy

I. Purpose

The primary goal of the library collection is to support the credit educational curriculum at St. Charles Community College. When funds are available, the library also obtains materials relating to faculty development, grant seeking, career guidance and college or university programs.

The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to guide the growth and maintenance of the SCC Library collection in accordance with both the library and the college’s mission statements.

II. St. Charles Community College Mission Statement

SCC serves our community by focusing on academic excellence, student success, workforce advancement, and life-long learning within a global society. We celebrate diversity and we enrich the economic and cultural vitality of the region by providing an accessible, comprehensive, and supportive environment for teaching and learning.

III. Library Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Charles Community College library is to engage students in learning, link people to resources and give exceptional service to all.

IV. Intellectual Freedom

St. Charles Community College library upholds the principles of the American Library Association's “Library Bill of Rights” and "Freedom to View" statements.

The library strives to select materials representing all sides of various issues. Because of this, some materials in our collection may be considered controversial by certain groups or individuals. It is not our intent to offend these groups or to endorse a certain aspect of an issue. Instead, our goal is to provide materials representing diverse viewpoints in support of our academic offerings and to suit the varied backgrounds of our students, faculty and staff.

If any of our users has a complaint regarding our library materials, they may fill out a “Request for Reconsideration of Learning Resource Materials” form located at the Circulation Desk. This form will be reviewed by the dean of learning resources and a decision made regarding the challenged material. The complainant will receive a written copy of the decision.

V. Copyright

The SCC Library supports copyright law stated in the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended. The library also recognizes “fair use” by educational institutions.

Read more about SCC's Copyright Policy

VI. Budget

The library receives funding from the college to purchase or provide access to new materials, both print and electronic.

These resources may be supplemented by grants, gifts and purchases by other college departmental accounts.

There is no specific budget allocation for individual disciplines. This allows for greater flexibility in meeting unanticipated needs, such as departmental or program changes or increased patron demand in a subject area.

VII. Responsibility for Collection Development

All library users, regardless of status, are encouraged to make requests for library purchases by contacting any of the reference librarians. If the item is consistent with the collection policy guidelines, and if money is available, the material will be acquired.

The reference librarians act as liaisons to the academic disciplines for collection development. Each liaison consults with faculty members to obtain purchasing recommendations, and also utilizes selection tools, such as review publications, bibliographies, and publisher catalogs to select materials. Ultimate responsibility for collection development lies with the dean of learning resources.

VIII. Selection Guidelines

Materials are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Support of the SCC educational curriculum
  • Correlation/fit with the existing collection
  • Appropriate level
  • Accuracy and objectivity
  • Reputation of author or publisher
  • How current/permanent is the material?
  • Price appropriateness
  • Demand
  • Condition
IX. Policies by Format of Material

Books

Hardcover books are preferred due to their durability. Works which are of lasting value will be purchased in hardcover when available, and paperback copies will be bound. Books for which the librarians anticipate heavy use will be purchased in hardback or bound paperbacks. Paperbacks will be purchased for rapidly changing topics or in interests of economy. In general, single copies of books are purchased. If a topic is very popular, the library will consider purchasing multiple copies.

Textbooks

Textbooks are not normally purchased by the library. They will be purchased only when they provide a good, general introduction to a topic or when no other general books can be found. Textbooks for specific courses will not be purchased. Professors may place their own textbook copies on reserve for students’ use, if they wish. Periodicals, journal, magazine and newspaper subscriptions represent a continual and often large expense and are thus added very selectively. Priority is given to periodicals indexed in one of our online periodical databases and those which supplement full-text electronic resources. Full-text availability from one of our subscription databases will be another factor in determining whether to subscribe to the print version.

Electronic Resources

Electronic resources are defined as any material requiring a computer for access. The SCC library shall choose to acquire or access electronic resources based on the above selection guidelines. Because there is often a print equivalent to electronic resources, the following will be considered in choosing format.

  • Equivalent price or increase in price is considered appropriate for advantage of format.
  • More sophisticated searching tools are provided in the electronic format.
  • Providing multi-user and remote access is important for resource.
  • Resource will be less vulnerable to damage and theft.
  • A significant amount of space is saved.
  • Electronic version is updated more frequently.
  • Equipment needed for access is available.
  • Inclusion of Internet resources on the SCC library website is based on the general selection guidelines

DVDs

The library will purchase video in DVD format over videotape format. The library will not purchase both formats. Due to limited resources, requests for purchases may be deferred until funds become available in the library's budget or grant money is available to supplement acquisitions.

Government Publications

The SCC library is not a depository for federal or state government documents. Government publications are selected according to our regular collection development guidelines and are shelved in the library collection with other books, periodicals and vertical file material.

Foreign Language Materials

Items written in languages other than English will be acquired when they support the foreign language curriculum requirements.

Popular Fiction

Popular fiction will not normally be purchased for the regular book collection, unless the book is considered of significant literary value or is studied in one of the literature or reading courses. The library maintains a rental collection of popular fiction for patrons’ leisure reading. This collection is frequently rotated and updated, and book requests for the popular fiction collection may be made at the Circulation Desk.

X. Gift and Donation Policy

The library accepts gift materials according to the same collection guidelines as purchased materials. Books that do not meet the collection development guidelines will be disposed of as the library sees fit, either through discard, book sale or donation.

The learning resources staff will provide a letter of acknowledgment of receipt but will not appraise the value of the materials donated.

XI. Collection Maintenance

Periodically, reference librarians will evaluate the collection to identify materials for withdrawal. The same guidelines apply to the existing collection as to new purchases, and materials that no longer meet the collection policy will be removed from the shelf. For example, materials that are outdated, damaged, seldom circulated, or contain inaccurate information will be removed. Faculty members will be consulted when materials in their disciplines are being considered for withdrawal.

Damaged or missing materials are not automatically replaced, but are subject to a reorder review process. If the item still meets the collection development policy, the original book or a new edition will be ordered, if available.

XII. Policy Review

This collection development policy will be periodically reviewed by library staff and college faculty members with changes made when appropriate.