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Library Cards & Borrowing Books/CDs/DVDs

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With a library card, you can borrow books and other items from the Germanna Libraries!  The Germanna Libraries extend borrowing privileges to all GCC students, faculty, staff and community members who are 18 years of age or older and are permanent residents of Germanna's service region.  For additional information about library cards and borrowing privileges, see below.

Library Cards

Visit the Library Help desk at any GCC campus library to get a library card!

For students, faculty, and staff: your GCC ID card is required to activate your library account.  The first time you borrow items, you will need to fill out a short library card application. 

For community members: you will receive a Germanna-issued library card after completing your library card application.  Your permanent address must fall within Germanna's service region to receive a community member library card.

Borrowing Materials

A GCC ID card or a community member library card must be presented in order to check out materials.  Materials will not be checked out to patrons who present another person's GCC ID or community member library card, including spouse's and other family members.

Items in all circulating collections are eligible for check out. Reference materials, periodicals, special collections, and other items not in the circulating collections do not circulate.

Loan (Borrowing) Periods

    Students: 4 week loan period, plus one 4 week renewal period
    Faculty/Staff: Duration of current semester
    Community Members: 3 weeks

Renewing Items

    Students: One 4 week renewal
    Faculty/Staff: Renewal permitted when items are not in demand
    Community Members: One 3 week renewal

Maximum Number of Items

    Students: 20 items
    Faculty/Staff: 25 items
    Community Members: 6 items

Audio-Visual Materials

    Students: 1 week loan
    Faculty/Staff: 2 week loan
    Community Members: In-library use only

Equipment: Laptops, iPads

   Students: 1 week loan, plus 1 week renewal period (loan period = 14 days)
  
Note: Upon return, 28 days must elapse before equipment can be checked out again.

Returning Materials

Materials may be returned to any GCC library help desk or book drop box.

Recalled Items

Faculty and staff members may recall items currently checked out for the entire semester if the item is needed by a student for research or a related course assignment. The patron from whom the item is recalled will be permitted to keep the item for 3 weeks or for the remainder of the loan period, whichever is shorter.

Overdue Materials

Three overdue notices will be sent at 10 day intervals. If materials are not returned after 3 overdue notices, a bill for the replacement costs of the items will be sent to the patron, and a hold will be placed on the patron's account.

Lost or damaged materials should be reported promptly. Overdue items and/or unpaid fees will result in the loss of library privileges. Unpaid fees will be submitted to the state for collection.

Questions

If you have questions about circulation or other library policies, please give us a call, send us an e-mail, or stop by one of our library locations.

InterCampus Loan: Sending Library Items to Your Campus

We can send library items from one Germanna campus to another through InterCampus Loan

If We Don't Have It...

We can probably get it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan. 

What About Textbooks?

The library carries a limited selection of textbooks in our course reserves, which can be used in the library for a specified period of time, usually two hours at a time. 

Check at the library circulation desk to see if the textbook for your class is on reserve

Equipment Use Guidelines: Laptops, iPads, Kindles

General Equipment Use Guidelines

  1. A valid Germanna student, faculty or staff ID card must be shown at the time of check out.
     
  2. Borrowers are responsible for loss of or damage to any equipment checked out under their name, including all accessories included at the time of check out. (See below for replacement fees.)
     
  3. Equipment may not be loaned by the borrower to another person.
     
  4. Privileges to borrow library equipment may be suspended or revoked due to repeated late returns of equipment and/or returning equipment that is damaged or otherwise no longer in working condition, including loss of critical components.
     
  5. Germanna Libraries equipment is intended for academic use.  Any use of Germanna Libraries equipment must conform to the VCCS Student-Patron Acceptable Use Agreement, as well as the Information Technology Ethics agreement and VCCS Computer Ethics Guideline, detailed on pages 24-25 of the 2016-2017 Catalog & Student Handbook

Laptop & iPad Use Guidelines

  1. Borrowers may not leave library laptops or iPads unattended.
     
  2. Borrowers will be held responsible for any illegal or illicit network activity that occurs while a laptop or iPad is checked out under their name.
     
  3. The laptop loan period is one week (7 days) with one renewal for an additional one week (7 days) – no exceptions. This loan period is available once per patron per month, meaning a patron can only borrow a laptop once every 28 days for up to 2 weeks (14 days), after which that patron must wait until the following month (28 days) to be eligible to borrow a laptop again.
     
  4. All personal files must be removed from laptops and iPads before they are returned. Germanna Libraries staff are not responsible for transferal or storage of personal files saved on library equipment.
     
  5. Borrowers must not attempt to repair laptop or iPad malfunctions. Laptop and iPad malfunctions must be reported to library staff. Borrowers are encouraged to return damaged or malfunctioning equipment as soon as possible.
     
  6. Laptops and iPads must be returned to the library branch from which they were borrowed.
     
  7. Laptops and iPads may not be returned locked or with personal access codes in place. Laptops and iPads must be returned unlocked in the condition they were issued.
     
  8. Borrowers will be assessed the full repair or replacement cost of library equipment and/or all components in the event of damage, loss or theft. iPad repair and replacement costs will be higher for newer model iPads. Standard replacement fees are as follows (subject to change):
  1. HP EliteBook 8530p - $2000.00
  2. Laptop Adapter - $100.00
  3. Laptop Battery - $190.00
  4. Laptop bag - $25.00
  5. iPad - $479.00
  6. iPad screen repair $90.00 and up
  7. iPad digitizer repair $180.00 and up
  8. iPad charger - $19.00
  9. iPad case - $24.00
  10. iPad flip cover - $40.00
  11. Kindle - $50.00
  12. Kindle cable - $10.00
  13. Sony Handy-cam DCR-SR68 - $350.00
  14. Battery pack - $160.00
  15. AC adapter/power cord(s) - $50.00
  16. Camera bag - $28.25
  17. A/V cable - $20.00
  18. USB cable - $18.00
  19. Tripod (if issued) - $40.00
  20. Processing fee - $10.00
  1. The repair/replacement charge for lost, stolen or damaged equipment will be posted to a borrower’s account in the Student Information System and will be due in full within 30 days.
     
  2. Repair/replacement charges not paid within 30 days will be handled in accordance with established library guidelines. Borrowers may face criminal charges as determined by the Germanna Police Department for equipment that is declared lost or stolen.