Germanna students, faculty, and staff do not need a library card to access the library's online resources. (Your myGCC login credentials may be required for off-campus access of online resources.)
A library card is required to check out physical items. Library borrowing privileges are extended 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.
Students: please visit the Germanna College Police Office at the GCC location nearest you to obtain your GCC student ID card. This card will function as your library card and must be presented to borrow books, DVDs and/or equipment.
GCC Faculty and Staff: your GCC Faculty/Staff ID card is required to borrow books and DVDs. Your Faculty/Staff ID card will be issued to you upon hire – please contact your supervisor if you do not have one. Faculty and staff are not eligible to borrow library equipment.
Community members: come to any Germanna Libraries branch to obtain a Community Member borrowing card. You will need to fill out a short library card application when you arrive, and your home address must fall within Germanna's service region to receive a community member borrowing card. Community members are not eligible to borrow library equipment.
VIVA: the Germanna Libraries are part of the Virtual Libraries of Virginia consortium. Students from VIVA member institutions are eligible to obtain a library card and borrow books and DVDs at any Germanna Libraries branch. Students must present a student ID card from their home institution to apply. VIVA borrowers are not eligible to borrow library equipment. For more information on VIVA, please visit their website: https://vivalib.org/viva/homepage
A GCC ID card or a community member borrowing card must be presented to check out materials. Materials will not be checked out to patrons who present another person's GCC ID card or community member borrowing card, including a spouse's or that of another family member.
Items in all circulating collections are eligible for check out. Reference materials, periodicals, special collections, and other items not in the circulating collections may not be checked out of the library.
Loan (Borrowing) Periods - Books & DVDs
Students: 4 week loan period, plus one 4 week renewal period
Faculty/Staff: Duration of current semester
Community Members: 3-week loan period, plus one 3-week renewal period
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
Equipment: Laptops and other library equipment
See Library Equipment Borrowing Guidelines below for current guidelines.
Materials may be returned to any GCC library help desk or book drop box. We have one outdoor book drop box at the Fredericksburg campus in the SP2 building/Workforce building parking lot.
Currently checked out items such as books and DVDs are subject to recall by other library patrons. The patron from whom the item is recalled will be permitted to keep the item for 3 weeks or for the remainder of their original loan period, whichever is shorter.
The Germanna Libraries do not charge overdue fines. Three overdue notices will be sent at 10-day intervals once an item becomes overdue. If materials are not returned after 3 overdue notices (30 days), library staff may be required to make a student conduct referral to the Dean of Student Development.
Lost, stolen, or damaged materials should be reported immediately to library staff. Books or DVDs deemed too damaged to circulate may be subject to replacement fees, or borrowers may submit a new or like-new condition replacement copy.
Germanna Libraries Equipment Use Rules
(Fees subject to change.)
Germanna Libraries equipment is the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the event of missing/non-returned equipment, borrowers will be subject to equipment/asset recovery procedure as initiated by Germanna Libraries staff.