Library Rules and Guidelines
The mission of Northeast Community College is to provide comprehensive, lifelong, learning-centered educational opportunities and services to meet the diverse needs of our public. The Library supports the college’s mission by collecting, preserving and providing access to information for all the lifelong learners served by the college.
Purpose of Library Policies
The library has enacted the following rules and guidelines to provide better service to students, faculty and staff and library patrons.
Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.
During the regular academic semester the library’s hours are as follows:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday
Library hours during summer sessions are as follows:
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday
- The library staff will announce to patrons and students that the library is closing approximately 10 minutes before closing time.
- Students and patrons should complete their work and log off computers 5 minutes before closing.
- Library hours will vary during student breaks and holidays. Notice of reduced hours will be posted several days in advance on the library entrances and also announced in “What’s Happening.”
- The library will be closed when the college is closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances. Announcements concerning any college closing will be broadcast on area television and radio stations.
Borrowing privileges are limited to the following categories of authorized borrowers:
- Northeast Community College students
- Northeast Community College faculty and staff
- Persons living in the 20 county area served by Northeast Community College who are not current students can be registered as a library patron with limited privileges.
Registration requirements are as follows:
- All Northeast students currently enrolled in at least a 1 credit course will be automatically registered with the library.
- Anyone who is not a current Northeast student or employee who wishes to borrow materials or use a library lab computer must complete a library registration form which will include current contact information including address, telephone number and e-mail address.
- Anyone who is not a current Northeast student or employee must present valid government issued identification when completing a registration form.
The Northeast Community College Library strives to maintain a welcoming environment where individuals feel comfortable to conduct academic research activities and studies. In support of this goal the following activities are not acceptable:
- Any activities that create excessive noise, i.e. playing audible music, loud conversations or commotion that impacts library users.
- Abusing, threatening, or intimidating library users or staff through language or action.
- Engaging in sexual harassment and/or overt sexual behavior.
- Refusing to leave the library at closing time.
- Violating any Northeast Community College policy.
Library staff will ask parties engaging in any of these activities to cease the behavior or leave the building. Campus security will be called to escort persons from the building if they do not comply with the above guidelines or display other actions that are deemed inappropriate.
Circulation, Renewals, Reserves and Fines
Circulation rules are designed to benefit all the library’s users and patrons. The library does not limit the number of books and magazines checked out to an individual, but DVDs are limited to five.
Exceptions to the circulation rules below may be granted on a case-by-case basis if need is demonstrated.
- Books circulate to students and library patrons for 21 days.
- Books circulate to faculty, staff for 28 days.
- DVDs circulate for 7 days.
- Magazines circulate for 24 hours.
- Items placed on reserve are circulated according to the instructor’s request.
- Items borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan circulate according to the rules of the lending library.
- Holds will be placed upon request. The borrower will be notified when the requested material is available for check out.
- Items placed on hold will be held for 3 days and then returned to circulation if they have not been picked up.
- Library materials may be renewed in person or by telephone
- Library materials with a wait listing will not be renewed.
- Faculty may place articles, books or other materials on reserve for students to use in the library.
- Faculty reserve request forms are available in the library.
- Reserve materials will be circulated per the instructor’s direction.
- Library users are responsible for all items checked out under their name.
- Borrowing privileges will be suspended when materials are overdue or borrower has unpaid fines exceeding $2.00.
- Fines for overdue materials will accrue at the following rates:
- Books - $.05 per day, per item
- Magazines - $.50 per day, per item
- DVDs - $.50 per day, per item
- Interlibrary loan materials - $.50 per day, per item
- All borrowers will be charged the replacement cost for lost or damaged library materials. In addition, a $10.00 non refundable processing fee will be charged for each lost or damaged item.
- Unpaid bills will be forwarded to the college business office for collection and will result in the withholding of official grades and transcripts, or the right to participate in graduation ceremonies. Students will also be prohibited from registering for future classes until outstanding library bills are paid.
The Northeast Library provides interlibrary loan services to the college’s registered students, faculty and staff for materials not available in the Northeast library. Patrons should go to their local public library for interlibrary loan services.
- An interlibrary loan request form with full bibliographic citations must be completed for each item being requested.
- Interlibrary loans will be processed Monday through Friday during regular library hours.
- Borrowers will be notified via telephone or email when requested library materials have been received at the Northeast Library or are available for downloading.
- Interlibrary loan materials that have not been picked up will be returned to the lending library two weeks from date of notification, or by the due date, whichever is earlier.
- Library materials borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan circulate according to the rules of the lending library. Borrowers must return items to the Northeast Library on or before the due date so that they may be shipped back to the lending library.
- Fines for overdue interlibrary loan materials will accrue at $.50 per day per item.
- The Northeast Library may deny interlibrary loan services to students who have not returned overdue library materials or have outstanding fines or fees.
Library Facilities and Equipment
The Northeast Library provides computer and internet access in support of information and research needs of our students, faculty and staff. In addition to students, faculty and staff, this access is provided to library patrons who are residents of the twenty county area served by the college.
- Any patron using the computer lab, must complete a library registration form and present valid government issued identification before using a computer.
- Patrons must sign in at the front desk of the library each time they use a lab computer. Computer use by patrons is limited to 1 hour in a 24 hour period.
Priorities for Computer Users
In the event that all computers are being used and students are waiting for available computers the following rules apply:
- Students, who need to access a computer to do research, complete a test or assignment will be given first priority.
- Students or patrons using computers only for entertainment must give up their computer to any student needing a computer for educational purposes.
Rules for Computer Users
- Users must comply with the NECC campus computer rules found at
- Library computers are not to be used to view pornographic or defamatory websites. Anyone in violation of these rules will be banned from using campus computers and asked to leave the library.
- File downloading is for instructional purposes only.
- Students should save documents to a memory device rather than a library computer to ensure that documents will not be deleted or accessed by others.
- Beverages brought into the computer lab must be in covered containers.
- Food items are not allowed in the computer lab.
- Headsets are available at the front desk. When using headsets the volume must not be distracting to others.
- Students and library patrons will be charged $.05/page for black and white print outs and $.25/page for color.
Wireless Internet Access (Wifi)
Northeast Community College offers free wireless internet access to current students, faculty, staff and official guests.
- All currently enrolled Northeast students must register wireless devices at http://www.northeast.edu/wireless/
- Official campus guests or students from our partner institutions may obtain a guest password from the library’s main desk. Passwords will be good for a one week period.
- A coin operated photocopy machine is available for use by students, faculty, staff and patrons.
- Charges are $.10/page or $.05/page with a copy card which may be purchased at the library front desk for $1.00.
- Users of the photocopy machine are expected to comply with all copyright rules and regulations.
- Northeast Library promotes Fair Use while promoting the understanding and adherence to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law.
- As a courtesy, the library provides a fax service available to Northeast students, faculty, staff and college retirees. Patrons will be directed to nearby businesses offering fax service.
- Student charges for sending faxes are $1.00 per page.
- Faculty and staff charges for sending faxes are $.50 per page.
- Charges for received faxes are $.50 per page.
- Payment is due before faxes are sent or at the time incoming faxes are received by the student, faculty or staff member.
- Charges apply to toll free, local or long distance numbers. Faxes to international numbers will not be accepted.
- A multimedia computer station is available to faculty, staff and students only.
Television with VCR and DVD Player
- Two televisions with VCR and DVD players are available for use in the library.
- There are no public telephones in the library.
- Permission to use a library telephone to make a local call is left to the discretion of the library staff.
- Cell phones are permitted if the user is courteous to others in the library. Extended conversations are discouraged.
The Northeast Library provides a small meeting area which can accommodate approximately 15 people.
- The meeting area is available to currently enrolled Northeast, students, faculty and staff.
- Any group wishing to reserve the space for a specific time must contact the library staff to make a reservation.
- Library patrons may reserve the area with the understanding that first priority will be given to Northeast students, faculty and staff.
- Everyone using the library’s meeting area must abide by the Behavioral Guidelines listed above.
Equipment Available to Faculty and Staff
The following items are available for circulation to Northeast faculty and staff only:
- Laptop computers
- LCD Projectors
- Digital Cameras
- DVD Players
- Clickers (classroom performance system)
- E readers
To check out any of the above items:
- Call the library as soon as possible to reserve the equipment for the dates you need it.
- The library has a limited number of laptops, projectors and video cameras, therefore equipment must be returned promptly.
- Equipment will be checked out for one week only.
- If faculty requires a piece of equipment for use by a student, it must be checked out by the faculty member who will be held responsible for its return and condition.
- Schedule an appointment with Tim Fenton (phone 844-7137, email firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Technology Support Center to get training in the use of equipment if necessary.
Reference and Information Services
Assistance to Students
- The library staff will offer assistance to any student or patron needing help in using and/or searching databases and other resources available in the library.
Assistance to Faculty and Staff
- The library staff will assist in answering basic reference questions, compiling bibliographies or assisting with in-depth research.
- The library staff is available for orientations in classrooms or the library. Presentations will include general overviews of the library’s resources, information literacy and the evaluation of information sources or may be tailored to an instructor’s assignment or information available in a particular field of study.
Library collections are selected to support the information needs of the instructional programs and curriculum of Northeast Community College.
- Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to recommend materials to be added to the collection. Library acquisition request forms are available in the library.
- The Library Director has the ultimate responsibility of selecting materials to meet the information needs of the various college programs within the library’s budget guidelines.
The following considerations will be made in selecting library materials:
- Is the material timely or does it have historical value? Does it support the study of local, national and international issues and events in history? If it is not of permanent value, what use does it have that would make it a desirable acquisition?
- Is it important to a particular program? Is it important to professional or institutional development?
- Has the material been reviewed in a professional journal? What is known of the author(s) and the authority of those reviewing the material?
- Does the material have the appropriate level of approach? Is it intended for an audience such as that served by the college?
- How does the material relate to what is already in the college collection? Does it duplicate, supplement or supersede what is already in the collection?
- Will the material support intellectual freedom? Does the library have materials presenting diverse points of view on current and historical issues which will help students develop critical and analytical thinking skills?
- The library collection will be periodically evaluated in order to determine which materials should be discarded. Faculty members will be involved in the decision to weed materials whenever practical.
- The following considerations will be made in weeding materials from the collection:
- Is the material appropriate and current?
- Does the material have historical value to the collection?
- Has the material ever been checked out of the library? If so – how many times, when was it last circulated?
- What is the physical condition of the material?
- Does the item duplicate other materials in the library?
- The library accepts gifts of books and other materials to the library collection with the understanding that they will be evaluated in the same manner as any other library materials.
- The library is not obligated to add any gift to the library collection.
- The library retains the right to recycle any unusable gifts without notifying the donor.
Library Displays and Events
The Library welcomes and encourages events or displays created and sponsored by campus organizations or departments affiliated with Northeast Community College.
- Display goals are to educate, enlighten and enrich students, staff, faculty and the community.
- Displays may promote the awareness of Northeast Community College events, services, clubs/organizations and courses/curriculum.
- Commercial exhibits or displays are not permitted.
- Displays may not promote personal or partisan opinions or viewpoints.
- To reserve and schedule a display or event contact the Director of Library Services.