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Students/Staff Policies

Loan Policies


Reserve Items

Borrower

Loan Period

Limitations

Overdue Fines & Rates

Students enrolled in course

2-hours

In-Library Use Only

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum

Students enrolled in course

3-hours

In-Library Use Only

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum

Students enrolled in course

24 hours

 

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum

Students enrolled in course

3 days

 

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum

Students enrolled in course

7 days

 

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum

Students enrolled in course

14 days

 

$.50/hour - $10.00 maximum


All Other Materials

Item Type

Loan Period

Limitations

Overdue Fines & Rates

Books (main collection)/Library DVDs

30 days

DVDs are for Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Graphic Novel Collection

21 days

Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Headphones/Calculator/Flash Drive

2 hours

In-Library Use Only; 1 renewal

$1.00/hour - $10.00 max.

Laptops

48 hours

Catawba students only; No renewals; 1 laptop per patron; 24 hrs btwn checkouts

$10.00/day - $40.00 max.

Popular Reading Collection

21 days

Catawba-affiliated patrons only; No renewals; 5-item limit

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Reference, Periodicals, Special Coll./Archives

N/A

In-Library Use Only

N/A

Xbox Controllers

1 hour

In-Library use only; Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal

$

Check Out Items
If there’s something in particular you’d like to find, you can search our catalog for the availability and location of the item.  We also offer directions on how to find an item.  However, our Help Desk staff members are always available for catalog searches, and to help you find an item in the library.  Once you’ve found the item(s) you want, bring it to the Help Desk with your Catawba ID card, and a library staff member will check the item(s) out to you.

Course Reserve Items, Headphones, Dry Erase Markers/Erasers, Laptops, Calculator and Flash Drive
Professor reserves are items that professors have put on a type of “hold” at the library for students, either by limiting the checkout timeframe, or by putting their own items on reserve, so that their whole class has access to the items.  These items, as well as headphones, laptops, a calculator, and a flash drive are all available at the Help Desk.  To search for items reserved for a course, please visit our course reserve page.

Return Items
If the library is open, return the item(s) to a staff member at the Help Desk. If the library is closed, a book drop is located at the library entrance to your left, right before you enter the library.  A staff member will retrieve the items when the library opens.  However, please do not return reserve items or laptops to the book drops.  Bring them directly to a Help Desk staff member during normal operating hours.

Renew an Item
You can ask for a renewal in-person, over the phone, or through our website.  To renew an item online, go to My Account on the library’s homepage and log in with your Catawba username and password.   Click “Renew” beside of the item you would like to renew.  (Please note, laptops cannot be renewed.)  Your new due date should display under the due date column.  Please keep in mind that the library only allows one renewal per checkout; if you would like to renew the item again, please return it, and then wait 48 hours before checking the item out again.

Fines and Fees
Library items have various overdue fines, so please see our loan policies chart for individual costs.  However, all items (excluding headphones, laptops, the calculator, and the flash drive) are held to our replacement policy, which is as follows.  If an item is not returned by the end of the semester, the patron is charged a minimum of $25.00 for the replacement cost, a non-refundable $25.00 processing fee, and any accrued overdue fines.  If an item is returned within six months of the due date, the replacement cost will be refunded, but all other charges will remain.  If an item is returned six months after the due date, the patron is responsible for all charges.

Laptops operate on a separate replacement policy.  If a laptop has not been returned within four days of its due date, it is considered lost, and the patron will be charged an administrative fee of $25, replacement fees of up to $1880, as well as $40.00 in overdue fines (total of $1945).  If the laptop is returned in proper working order, the replacement fees will be refunded.  The replacement fees are explained below.  If a laptop is returned on time, but one of the items below is missing, the patron will be responsible for the individual replacement cost.

Laptop: $1800
Power Supply: $60
Laptop Bag: $20

If a student/staff member has a fine of $10.00 or more on their record, borrowing privileges will be suspended, excluding course reserve items or headphones, until the fine is cleared (in cash) at the Help Desk.

ALL student library fines/fees and items are due at the end of each semester.  If the charges are not cleared before then, they will be sent to the Business Office.  To check for library fines or overdue items on your account, please check your library account.


Recalls/Holds
If there is an item checked out you need, you can place a hold on the item, which ensures that the item cannot be renewed, and you will be notified when it is returned.  Holds cannot be placed on reserve items or laptops.  Please see the Help Desk to place a hold.
If there is an overdue item that you need, you can request a recall on that item.  Items that are recalled are expected to be returned immediately.  This applies to all library items, as long as they are already overdue.  Please see the Help Desk to request a recall.


Computer Use/Technology

The library houses 28 computers throughout our information commons and mezzanine areas for student/staff use. To turn on the computer, press the power button on the computer tower, and sign in as you would to Catlink.  All users are subject to the library and college’s acceptable usage policy.

Print Quota
Students receive a print quota of $45.00 for each academic semester.  The print quota does not roll over to following semesters.  To determine how much of your quota remains, log-in to Catlink and click on the “My Account” tab.  Under “Quotas,” you should see your remaining funds for printing.

To add funds to a print quota, click “Add” beside of the remaining print quota.  Add funds as necessary (1 B/W sheet=$0.10).  These funds should be available for use within 15 minutes, and the charges will be applied to your account at the Business Office.

Printing/Copying
To print in B/W from one of the library computers, just print to secureprint, and take your Catawba ID to either of our Canon devices to print your documents.  If you would like to print in color, double-check that “secureprint” is the chosen printer, then click “Printer Properties”, or “Print Options” and then "Properties", and change “Color Print” to “Automatically”, click "ok," and then "print."  To retrieve your job, take your Catawba ID to a Canon Device (anywhere on campus).  Further instructions are listed here.  If you need to print the document from your laptop, log in to your Catawba email, and send an email to print@catawba.edu with the document attached (PDF works best).  Take your Catawba ID to any secureprint device on campus to print it out (it can take a few minutes to appear in your print queue).
To make copies, follow the directions here.  Remember, library staff are always here to help!

Scanning and Faxing
To scan a document, follow the directions here, but again, you can always ask a staff member for assistance.
If you need to send a fax, please visit Student Affairs.

Cell Phone Policy
If you need to take a phone call while in the library, please be mindful of other patrons and keep your call brief.  If you need to carry on an extended conversation, we ask that you step outside of the library to finish your call.


Laptop Checkout
There are four laptops available for checkout to Catawba students, but only one laptop can be checked out per patron. Laptops are loaned for a 48-hour period, and cannot be renewed. Patrons must wait at least 24 hours between laptop checkouts. Additionally, a laptop agreement form must be completed each semester.

Once a laptop is due, a patron has four days to return it, after which the laptop is considered lost, and the patron will be charged replacement fees and overdue fines.  Please refer to Fines and Fees for our replacement policy.

To check out a laptop, please visit the Help Desk with your Catawba ID. 


Library Spaces

For a full view of library spaces, you can find a map of the library here
There are four available study rooms for students/staff, as well as multiple study nooks throughout the library.  All are on a first-come, first-serve basis, as long as the room is not reserved or restricted.  Please check the study room door for a sign before entering.
Additionally, we house sixteen computer stations in our information commons, and twelve computer stations on the Mezzanine for Catawba patrons' use.  These are also on a first-come, first-serve basis. To log on, push the power button on the computer tower, and log in as you would to Catlink.  If you need help logging on, or printing documents, please see a library staff member.  Also in our information commons area is our Wentz Instruction Area, which can be reserved for class or group work, but you can always drop by as well. This space houses classroom tables as well as a SMART board. Near this space, we also offer two collaboration stations for group work.

On our Mezzanine level, we house the Alcorn Digital Learning Lab, which offers digital tools and computer equipment for group work or individual projects. For more information about any of these areas, please see the section below.


Other spaces available to students/staff include our downstairs area with multiple nooks for study, the Wentz Reading Room, and the rest of Goodman Mezzanine (area outside of the study rooms and DLL). The Mezzanine is reserved as a quiet area for study.

Wentz Instruction Area, Collaboration Stations and the Alcorn Digital Learning Lab
The library offers the Wentz instruction area with classroom tables and a SMART board for classroom and individual use in the Wentz reading room, located on the right side of the library. For assistance in using the SMART Board, please ask at the Help Desk. Also near the Wentz Instruction Area are two collaboration stations for student use on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Each station is equipped with a TV monitor that connects to Windows 10 products, or any products with an HDMI connection. For assistance connecting a device to our TV monitors, please see a library staff member.
The library also offer the DLL for class use, or student use. The DLL offers students tools to complete tasks such as 3D printing, engraving, designing using Surface Studio or iPad Pro, or creating podcasts using the iMac in our studio. This space can be reserved for classes, or you can always drop-in. For more information about the DLL and what it offers, visit the DLL's website here


Reserving Study Rooms
If you are part of a study group, a club, or other group on campus, you may request a study room reservation from Constance Grant.  To determine if a study room is available beforehand, please check the posted calendar on the "In the Library" bulletin board (located at the library's entrance).  However, not all reservations may be listed on this calendar, and it only lists one week of reservations, so please request the room before scheduling with your group.


Tutoring Centers
The library is home to two campus tutoring centers.  The SMART Center meets on the Mezzanine, Sunday through Thursday from 7-10 p.m.  No appointments are required.  For more information, visit the SMART Center's website. In Study Room 2, we house the Writing Center.  The Writing Center’s hours are Sundays from 3-10 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-10 p.m., Tuesday 12-9 p.m, and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. The Writing Center encourages appointments, which students can make through the Writing Center’s website.


Campus Signage
For any signs pertaining to campus or community events, the library has provided a large bulletin board at the entrance of the library, called "In the Community."  For any signs pertaining to the events in the library, there is a smaller bulletin board just to the left of the vending machine area, called "In the Library."  Only signs related to events within the library may be posted on this board.  Please do not post any signs in bathrooms, on walls, or on the front doors of the library.


Food and Drink Policy
Food and drink are allowed in the library, but we ask that all patrons respect library property.  Please do not use open containers near college computers, and please clean up any spills or trash you may make/have.


Parking

During the academic year, only faculty, staff, and college visitors are permitted to park in front of the library (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  If you park in front of the library with a resident or commuter sticker, or no sticker at all, you may be ticketed by Public Safety. However, during evening and weekend hours, as well as during summer break, the parking circle is open to all of Catawba and its guests.