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Book Rentals, Renewals, and Policies
The loan period for books is four (4) weeks, with renewals allowed if books are not on hold. Library materials, with the exception of in-library use only items, may be placed on hold, and you will be notified when the material is available.
Restricted Circulation: Reserve books, reference books, periodicals, and special collections items may only be used in the Library.
Renew Your Rental: You may renew items any time during library hours or by telephone unless a hold is placed on the item.
The general book collection is located in the stacks area at the back of the library. New, popular-reading books are displayed in the Reading Lounge at the front of the library.
If you need a book or journal article that is not available through the DSLCC Library, you may request these items through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). We will request the item you need from another library that owns it. Items will be shipped to the DSLCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. Materials generally arrive within a week after the request is submitted.
ILL is available to all DSLCC students, faculty, and staff, free of charge. Requests are limited to 6 articles and 3 books at one time. If a book is damaged or lost, the requestor is responsible for the fee charged by the lending library.
Please fill out the Interlibrary Loan form or stop by the library to request an item.
*Please note that beginning May 14, 2022, the library will be unable to process ILL requests for community patrons.
Overdue borrowers are notified by e-mail and mail: The library does not charge a late fee for overdue books unless it is 30 days overdue, at which point the item is considered lost. The borrower is then considered delinquent and cannot check out any more library materials until he or she has returned or paid for them. The delinquent account is sent to the Business Office for collection. Students may not graduate, receive transcripts, or register for classes until all obligations are satisfied.
A $1,053 replacement fee will be charged for loaner laptops that are not fully returned (laptop $966, case $22, charger $65) 15 days past the due date. A replacement fee of at least $25 will be charged for books (fee may be higher depending on cost of replacement) at 30 days past due. At 30 days past due, all delinquent accounts will be assessed an administrative/late fee by the college equal to 15% of the original debt.
Reference Books, Periodicals and Special Collections
Reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, handbooks, and specialized indexes covering all subjects.
Periodical Collection: Current issues of magazines and newspapers are in the Reading Lounge but are not available to be checked out.
Online periodical databases and other resources are available through VIVA, a consortium of academic libraries in Virginia to which DSLCC belongs. VIVA provides almost 200 databases, many of which have full-text articles available, and approximately 800,000 electronic resources for the academic community. Registered students and staff can also access the materials off-campus via this link.
Special Collections materials are available to all library users and contain archival material and books relating to Virginia history. Special Collection materials are for in-library use only.
Student computers with high speed Internet access are available to use free-of-charge and are located throughout the Library and in the Library’s computer lab. There are also three computers available for community patrons.
Collection Development: Books and AV materials may only be purchased upon faculty request to align with academic programs.
Printing: Printing is free to all DSLCC students. Prints are in black and white and are limited to 20 pages per day.