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THE IVA M. FREEMAN LIBRARY: POLICIES

LOAN INFORMATION

Check out Periods:

  • Circulating library materials may be checked out for a two week loan period.
  • Reserve materials may be checked out for two hours and must stay in the library.
  • Reference materials may not be checked out.
  • Serials/journals may be checked out for 5 days.

Renewals: 

  • Circulating materials may be renewed up to two additional times.  After the end of the second renewal it must be returned to the library.  
  • Reserve materials may not be renewed if other students are waiting to use it.  
  • Serials may not be renewed.

Item Limit: 

  • There is a six (6) item limit per patron.

FINES AND FEES

If an item is kept longer than the loan period, a late fine will begin to accrue until the item is checked back in.  Details about fines and fees are below:

  • $0.50 for each day after the due date until the item is returned.
  • $10.00 max for late fines.
  • $5.00 per book, per day will be charged for late reserve items.
  • At $10.00, the patron's account will be blocked and they will not be able to check out books until the fine has been paid down.
  • A lost book will result in a fee equal to the cost of the book. Patrons are able to provide a replacement copy of a lost book equal to, or better than, the condition of the lost item.

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

  • Reserve Shelf: One copy of each required book for each course will be purchased for the reserve shelf. The librarian will review the material list at the end of each quarter and purchase as needed.  
  • Course Materials: Any materials that are being used to create a course will be purchased by the department rather than the library. This includes research textbooks for course development and online articles.  
  • Collection Development: The Kendall College Mission Statement and the Iva M. Freeman Library Mission Statement provide the framework for selection. The process of recommending materials for the library is a cooperative effort involving classroom faculty and librarians. Ultimately, responsibility for the development and management of the library's collection and its quality lies with the Librarian. Requests must be submitted on the proper form.
  • Donations: Donations are gratefully welcomed! All donations must receive prior approval by the Library staff and must meet the collection development policy. The Library also reserves the right to refuse an offered donation. The Library will not accept material that shows damage from mold, mildew, water, insects, smoke, or dirt, as such material can harm other items in the collection.
  • Custom Books: The library will not purchase custom books.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Iva M. Freeman Library provides access to information for library patrons and we support intellectual freedom and library patron’s confidentiality. The Library adheres to the American Library Association's Code of Ethics when it comes to matters of library confidentiality.

Highlighted below are Sections I and III:

  • Section I: "We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests."
  • Section III: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."

The full American Library Association's Code of Ethics can be found listed on their webpage.

OTHER POLICIES

Magazines and Journals: The Library will retain two years of each magazine and journals.  The most recent editions will be displayed on the front of the magazine racks.  The current year (minus the most recent edition) and the previous year will be stored in the back of the library, separated by title. Each December the librarians will withdraw the past year’s editions from the collection. All magazines are able to be checked out for a three day loan period.

Users with Disabilities: The Iva M. Freeman Library is committed to providing effective accommodations for students with disabilities and supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Users who need any type of assistance are encouraged to contact us.

Interlibrary Loan: As a member of OCLC, we have access to their entire collection for interlibrary loan. Please visit this guide to learn more. 

Reference Materials: Reference materials are not able to be checked out.  They will remain in the library to serve as a reference for all patrons. 

Reserve Shelf: One copy of each required book for each course will be purchased for the reserve shelf. The librarian will review the material list at the end of each quarter and purchase as needed.  These books may be checked out for a loan period of two hours and must remain in the library during use.  If students take the books out of the library they will be contacted first via email, and second via a phone call, and asked to return the text.  If the item is not returned, their account will be blocked until its return.

Guests and Visitors: The library is available to guests by appointment only. Please call or email to set up a time to visit.

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