Library Policy
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Library Policies

It is the responsibility of all AC students, faculty, and staff to observe all library policies.

 


Conduct in the Alexander College Library

Alexander College Library strives to achieve the educational directives of the College by providing an environment that is productive and conducive to individual and group learning. The following policies are in place to ensure that the library environment facilitates learning and collaboration.

Behaviour in the Library
Students must be mindful of their behavior and how their behavior can affect other students. Library staff have a right to ask students to leave the library at any time.

Disruptive behavior
Complaints of disruptive behavior will be taken seriously and the offending library user may be asked to leave. Behavior that interferes with appropriate use, or interrupts the learning process for other patrons, exhibits a disregard for the dignity of others, and will not be tolerated. Excessive noise, altercations, theft, vandalism, inappropriate sexual behavior, and harassment of any kind are strictly forbidden.


Food and Drink

  • Drinks (e.g. water, tea) in covered or spill-proof containers are permitted.
  • Food is not permitted in the library
  • Recycle paper, plastic, and metal products—zero waste zone!
  • Dispose waste in the appropriate bins
  • Library staff determine which food and drink are acceptable.

Noise

  • Quiet conversation is permitted in the Library; loud conversations, offensive language are not permitted.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of others in the library.

Mobile Phones

  • Mobile phones to be set to silent or vibrate. Please do not have conversations on speaker phone while in the library.
  • Phone conversations longer than one minute to be taken outside the library.

Library Materials

It is the responsibility of AC students, faculty, and staff to ensure proper use of library materials including books, films, AV equipment, etc. Users are asked to return unshelved items to library staff if they do not know or remember where an item is shelved.

A.C. LIBRARY POLICY FOR “3 HOUR LOAN/Course Reserve” TEXTBOOKS
Alexander College Library has a collection of the textbooks used in all of the courses offered at AC. These textbooks are on designated shelves at both libraries. They are available to all AC students free of charge.

  • A valid Alexander College student ID must be presented in order to borrow any library materials.
  • Course reserves must be returned within 3 HOURS.
  • The textbook must stay in the library for at least 15 minutes before the borrower can take out the book again.
  • Keep in mind that even if the item is borrowed 30 minutes before the library is closed, the item is still due at closing time, and cannot be taken home for the night.
  • Students will not be permitted to borrow 3 hour items (such as textbooks, calculators, or phone chargers) as of 10min before closing.
  • Failure to return an item on time will result in a $2/hr fine with a max of $20 per item.
  • Please review our other loan periods/material policies here.

***The purpose of Alexander College’s loan policies is to ensure maximum accessibility and sharing of library collections by all who need them.

A.C. LIBRARY POLICY FOR “7 DAY LOAN/Previous Edition” TEXTBOOKS
Alexander College Library has a collection of previous edition course textbooks on designated shelves at both libraries. They are available to all AC students free of charge.

  • A valid Alexander College student ID must be presented in order to borrow any library materials.
  • Previous edition textbooks must be returned in 7 CALENDAR DAYS. The weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, are included in the 7 day period.
  • To allow maximum accessibility for our library materials, we will not be renewing “7 Day Loan” textbooks. The text must stay in the library for at least 24 hours before the borrower can take out the book again.
  • Failure to return an item on time will result in a $2/day fine with a maximum of $20 per item.

The purpose of Alexander College’s loan policies is to ensure maximum accessibility and sharing of library collections by all who need them.


Computer Use Policy

Please be advised that by using AC Library computers and laptops, you are agreeing to adhere to the following AC library computer policies:

  • Priority will be given to AC students who wish to use the computers for academic purposes.
  • Files stored on library computers can be accessed by other students, and will be erased when computers restart.
  • The library is not responsible for any unsaved work; it is the student’s. responsibility to ensure they have backed up their work (either through e-mail or a USB).
  • Students must not violate the privacy others.
  • Students accessing any inappropriate material will immediately be asked to leave the library and be reported the Director to have their computer privileges revoked.

Access to the computing system will be given to students according to academic or operational need and may be revoked at the discretion of College administration.

It is expected that users will not engage in activities harmful to the computing system, such as:

  • creating or propagating viruses;
  • disrupting services;
  • damaging files;
  • illegally downloading material or
  • or intentionally damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the College.

Violations of AC’s Computer Use Policy may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to:

  • suspending the user from access to the computing system;
  • prohibiting the user from further use of the computing system;
  • suspending or expelling students; and
  • applying other College disciplinary procedures.

AC Laptop Borrowing Policy

  • 4-hour loan period
  • Students cannot place a hold or renew laptops
  • Students must be currently enrolled to borrow
  • To borrow, students must have a valid Student ID card
  • Students must fill out a form before borrowing, indicating they have read and understood laptop lending policies
  • Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Laptops can be borrowed up to 1 hour before closing, but no later
  • All files will be deleted when laptop is returned
  • Students can only borrow 1 laptop on their account at a time
  • Borrowers should report any difficulty with equipment to the library immediately
  • Overdue laptops fees will be charged to students, regardless of if it is a first-time fine
  • If a laptop is damaged, lost, or stolen the student can be charged the full cost of laptop as well as any overdue fees
  • Laptops carry a $20 hourly fine, with a max of $100
  • Laptops must be returned to a staff member at the Library desk

The following will not be accepted as a reason for disputing a fine on your account:

  • Ignorance of library borrowing policies or AC Computer Use policies
  • Forgetting due date
  • Not receiving an overdue notice
  • Borrowed the item for another person
  • Item returned late by another person
  • Not returning item because you were away from campus
  • Library was closed

Study Room Policies

  • Students must have the room booked before entering (for questions – please check in with library staff at the circulation desk).
  • Only 4 students are allowed in the room at one time for a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided in each room, users are asked to clean tables, chairs, white boards, and door knobs before leaving. Each booking will have an extra 15min after the reserved time for cleaning.
  • Students are expected to adhere to AC’s mask policy when using study rooms.
  • The door must be unlocked at all times.
  • No extra chairs or tables may be brought into the room. Chairs and tables do not leave the room.
  • Students must leave the room clean and ready for the next student’s use.
  • If you are 15 minutes late to your booked time, your booking may be given to a different group.
  • If there is no one in the room for longer than 15 minutes, we will assume you are finished with the room and will give it to the next booked group.
  • No sleeping/napping in the study room.
  • No food or drink in the study room.