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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/Library DVDs

30 days

DVDs are for Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Popular Reading Collection

21 days

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

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Graphic Novel Collection

21 days

Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal

$.10/day - $10.00 maximum

Laptops

24 hours

Catawba-affiliated patrons only; 1 renewal (if applicable)

$10.00/day - $40.00 max.

Headphones/Calculator/Markers/Flash Drive

2 hours

In-Library Use Only; 1 renewal

$1.00/hour - $10.00 max.

Reference, Periodicals, Special Coll./Archives

N/A

In-Library Use Only

N/A

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 will 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 One 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, dry erase markers/erasers, laptops, a calculator, and a flash drive are all available at the Help Desk.  To search for items on reserve, please visit our course reserve page. Ask a library staff member for further help.

Return Items
If the library is open, simply bring them to a staff member at the Help Desk.  If the library is closed, a book drop is located on the outside wall 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 library 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 online.)  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, calculator, flash drive, markers & erasers) 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 fee, 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 fee will be refunded, but all other charges 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.

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.  Recalls are expected to be returned immediately.  This applies to all library items.  Please see the Help Desk to request a recall.


Computer Use/Technology

The library houses 28 computers in our information commons and mezzanine for student/staff use.  Simply move the mouse to wake the computer up, or press the power button on the monitor, and sign in as you would to Catlink.  All users are subject to the library and college’s acceptable computer usage policy.

Print Quota
Students receive a print quota for each academic semester.  The print quota does not roll over.  To determine how much of their quota remains, students must log-in to Catlink and click on the “My Account” tab.  Under “Quotas,” they should see their 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 will be applied to your account at the Business Office and should be available for use within 15 minutes.

Printing/Copying
To print in B/W from one of the library computers, you simply need to click print.  Every computer defaults to secureprint, so just use your Catawba ID at the Canon devices to print your documents.  If you would like to print in color, make sure “secureprint” is the chosen printer.  Then click “Printer Properties” or “Preferences.”  Change “Color Print” to “Automatically” and then print.  To retrieve your job, take your Catawba ID to a copier.  Further instructions are listed on our website 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.  Take your Catawba ID to any secureprint copier to print it out.
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 to a minimum.  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-affiliated patrons.  Only one laptop can be checked out per patron (except under special circumstances) and is loaned for a 24-hour period.  A laptop checkout form must be completed each time a laptop is checked out and returned. Laptops can be renewed one time, in-person or over the phone, but there must be at least one other laptop available in our laptop cart before it can be renewed.  (Please note, laptops cannot be renewed once they are considered overdue.  They must be returned and the patron must wait 24-48 hours before checking out another laptop.)  If, when renewing, there are no other laptops available in the cart, we ask that the laptop be returned at its original due date and time.  If there is a laptop available, the patron's laptop is renewed for another 24-hour period.  However, it must be returned by the new due date and time, and we ask that patrons wait 24 hours before checking out a laptop again. 

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 I.D. 


Library Spaces

For a full view of library spaces, you can find a map of the library here
There are six available study rooms for students/staff, as well as multiple study nooks throughout the library.  All are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  However, please check study room doors for signs before entering to make sure they aren’t reserved for the day or for a certain time.
Additionally, we house seventeen computer stations in our information commons and eleven computer stations on the Mezzanine for Catawba use.  These are also on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To log on, simply move the mouse to wake the computer up, or push the power button on the monitor, 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 are two collaboration stations for group work. More information about these stations is below.
There are also multiple laptop devices in our I.C.E Box Classroom, which is located on the left side of the library, past the stairs.  The I.C.E. Box is mainly reserved for class use, but we may allow group study work with proper authorization.
Other spaces available to students/staff include our downstairs area, the Wentz Reading Room, and the Goodman Mezzanine (area outside of the study rooms), which is reserved as a quiet area.

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 Catawba Conferences.  To determine if a study room is available beforehand, please check the campus calendar.  However, not all reservations are listed on the campus calendar, so please request the room before scheduling with your group.

Collaboration Stations
The library now offers two collaboration stations for student use on a first-come, first-serve basis.  One station is located straight ahead as you enter the library, and another is located in the Wentz Reading Room on the right-side of the library. Each station is equipped with a TV monitor that connects to Windows 10 products. For assistance connecting a Windows 10 device to our TV monitors, please see a library staff member.

Tutoring Centers
The library is home to two campus tutoring centers.  The Math/Science Center meets in Study Rooms 2 and 3, Sunday through Thursday from 7-10 p.m.  No appointments are required.  In Study Rooms 4 and 5, we house the Writing Center.  The Writing Center’s hours are Sundays from 3-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 12-10 p.m, and Fridays from 12-3 p.m.  The Writing Center encourages appointments, which students can make through the Writing Center’s website, but they also accept drop-ins if no appointments are scheduled.

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, just over the recycling containers.  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.  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 have.


Parking

During the school year (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.), only faculty, staff, and visitors are permitted to park in front of the library.  If your car does not display a guest-parking pass, 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 guests.