You need your Student ID card to check out materials, to make copies, and to print in the library.
Books/Audio Books/CDs are loaned for a 3-week period with one 3-week renewal allowed. DVD/VHS materials are loaned for 7 days with one renewal allowed. You can renew items on or before the date they are due through your My Library Account in the Library Catalog, by calling (619)201-8680 or by email.
There is a 20¢ a day fine for each overdue item. If you have overdue material or owe fines, you will not be allowed to check out any other material until the fines are cleared. Overdue items must be renewed in person. Courtesy overdue notices are sent out alternately to your school email account or school mailbox each week.
Once an item(s) has been overdue for 6 weeks the item(s) will be considered lost and fees will be sent to the Student Accounts Office. Fees sent to the Student Accounts Office are final and non-returnable. The fee for a lost item(s) is a minimum of $50, plus a $10 processing fee and the current overdue fees. Students will be notified they have an overdue item(s) by email or mail every week up to 5 weeks, and will be given a courtesy phone call 1 week before fees are sent to the Student Accounts Office. All library materials must be returned and fines paid by the end of each semester in order to take final exams.
For your convenience a 24 hour book drop box is located near the entrance to the library.
Reserve items and other materials placed on limited loan by faculty members must be used in the library. These may be requested at the Circulation Desk for two hour use. Reserve materials may also be checked out one hour before closing time but must be returned when the College Library opens the next day.
Reference materials, journals, magazines, and newspapers are available for use in the library only.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the way the College Library provides you with the books and articles that it does not own by borrowing a copy from other libraries. This service is available free for current students, faculty and staff of SCS and SDCC.
Book requests are usually received within 10 days. They are mailed to us via USPS, media rate. It is important that the borrowed item is returned by the due date written on the ILL band attached to the book’s cover. If you need the book past the due date, contact the Systems Librarian about the possibility for renewal by calling (619)201-8747 or by email. In rare cases, if we cannot find a library willing to loan the book for free, you may be asked to pay for the loan.
Article requests, usually photocopies, are normally received within 2-3 days. This is because they are typically sent to us electronically. You will not have to return a photocopied article. Because of the effort involved in locating and copying article requests, it is more common for libraries to charge for the request. Please fill in the “willing to pay” field in the ILL form. If they charge, libraries typically set a $5-20 fee for photocopies.
You will be contacted by email or telephone when your material arrives.
Working with the faculty, the College Librarians conduct sessions in the Cayot Room that help students develop information literacy skills, such as locating, selecting, evaluating & organizing resources. These sessions walk students through the research process, the search features of several databases & includes hands-on practice.
The SDCC Librarians provide in-class instruction to introduce students to library resources in the following courses:
- PD-105 Becoming a Master Student (Library Orientation)
- EN-102 College Composition II
- Com-201 Public Speaking
The SCS Librarian provides in-class instruction to introduce students to library resources in the following courses:
- ED-100 College Skills
- RS-501 Graduate Research and Writing
- CO-608 Research & Program Evaluations
- PY-805/905 Dissertation Research and Methodology I & II