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Access
The Library Media Resources Center at LaGuardia Community College is open for on-site use and borrowing of materials to anyone holding a currently-valid ID from any college of the City University of New York (CUNY), any CUNY-affiliated school, and the Empire State College of the State University of New York (SUNY). Patrons must show CUNY ID at the entrance to the Library or, lacking such ID, must sign in with the security guard. For borrowing details,
consult our FAQs and see below.

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Circulation

  1. Can I borrow a book?

    Any person with a valid ID card from any unit of the City University of New York or Empire State College may borrow materials from the LaGuardia Community College Library.** LaGuardia IDs must bear validation for the current semester (visit C101 to get your validation sticker from LaGuardia). IDs from other CUNY schools must indicate their currency in some way.

    All IDs must have a library identification number or barcode number which has been registered into the catalog database.

    Patrons are responsible for the books borrowed with their IDs.

    **Exceptions:
    1. Patrons will be blocked from borrowing books if they have overdue books or owe fines totaling more than $5.00, whether incurred at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school.
    2. Reserve books may be borrowed by LaGuardia students only. During intersession, patrons from other CUNY schools may, at the discretion of the Circulation staff, be allowed to borrow Reserve books.

    Students and staff can borrow books for four-week loan, with one four-week renewal. Students are guaranteed at least a three-week loan. If someone else requests a book, it could be due before the four-week deadline. Make sure you regularly check your LaGuardia student/faculty email account to stay aware of when your material is due. Faculty: eight-week loan, with one eight-week renewal.

    Patrons may borrow a maximum of five circulating books at a time. Patrons may borrow only one Reserve book or two Reserve articles at a time.

  2. Can I borrow a calculator?

    Yes! The Library circulates Texas Instrument TI-83 Graphic Calculators. The calculators are available on a first come, first served basis at the Media Services Desk in the Library. The calculators may be borrowed for seven days.

  3. Can I renew my book?

    Any patron may renew any circulating book once, provided that a hold has not been put on that book by another patron and provided that the book is not more than five days overdue. Renewal loan period is the same as initial loan period. Depending on demand, most fourteen-day loan materials can be renewed once. Two hour and three-day loan reserves cannot be renewed.

    You can renew through the catalog. Click the My Account button to log-in and renew your book.

  4. Can I take out something from the Media Desk?

    Maybe.

    Audio-cassettes: Loan period is one week.
    Compact discs: do not circulate.
    Films and filmstrips: do not circulate.
    Laserdiscs: do not circulate.
    Slide sets: do not circulate.
    Sound recordings: Loan period is one week.
    Videorecordings: do not circulate.
    CD-ROMs accompanying books are kept in Media Services and may be used only in the Media Lab.
    All audio-visual materials may be viewed or listened to in the Media Lab on walk-in basis or by appointment and may be reserved by faculty for classroom use upon written request.

  5. Can I take out things like magazines and reference books?

    Indexes: do not circulate.
    Pamphlets: do not circulate.
    Periodicals: Newspapers and magazines on paper or microfilm do not circulate.
    Reference books: do not circulate.

  6. Do I have to pay any fines?

    All patrons of the library are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, mutilated, or lost materials. Patrons with unpaid fines of over $5.00 will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school. Students with unpaid fines of more than $5.00 will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts.

  7. How can I get a book from another CUNY Library?

    There are two ways to get a book from another CUNY Library:

    1. You can visit the CUNY Library, using your LaGuardia ID to check-out the book
    2. You can use the CLICS system to request the book using the catalog. For more on CLICS, visit library.laguardia.edu/services/clics

  8. How many books can I check out?

    Patrons may borrow a maximum of five circulating books at a time. Patrons may borrow only one Reserve book or two Reserve articles at a time.

  9. How much is it for an overdue book?

    Overdue fines for circulating books are calculated, by CUNY-wide policy, at the rate of $0.25 per day, seven days a week. Maximum overdue fine for a circulating book is $20.00.

    Overdue fines for Reserve books are calculated, by CUNY-wide policy, at the rate of $0.10 per minute, twenty-four hours per day. Maximum fine for a Reserve book is $100.00.

    Patrons with any overdue books will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school. Students with any overdue book will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts.

  10. I am a College Now student taking classes at LaGuardia. What can I do with the Library?

    You can take out books by registering your LaGuardia ID at the desk. You can borrow Regular Loan books for four weeks with one renewal. Students are guaranteed at least a three-week loan. If someone else requests a book, it could be due before the four-week deadline. Make sure you regularly check your LaGuardia student/faculty email account to stay aware of when your material is due. Borrowing privileges end at the end of the semester but are renewable if you take another course. You also have full access to all of the Library’s off-campus databases. Instructions on logging in can be found here: http://library.laguardia.edu/research/offcampus

  11. I am an affiliated high school student? Can I borrow books from LaGuardia?

    Yes! As long as you are from Energy Tech High School, International High School, Middle College High School, or Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology (Wagner High School), you can borrow books (four weeks for Regular Loan books with one renewal). Students are guaranteed at least a three-week loan. If someone else requests a book, it could be due before the four-week deadline. Make sure you regularly check your LaGuardia student/faculty email account to stay aware of when your material is due. Just go to the Circulation Desk and register your school ID. Borrowing privileges end with the school year but are renewable each fall. Your library barcode will also allow you to access some off-campus databases: http://library.laguardia.edu/research/highschool

  12. I am taking an Adult and Continuing Education class. Can I borrow books?

    Yes! You can borrow Regular Loan books for four weeks with one renewal. Students are guaranteed at least a three-week loan. If someone else requests a book, it could be due before the four-week deadline. Make sure you regularly check your LaGuardia student/faculty email account to stay aware of when your material is due. Just register your ACE ID at the Circulation Desk. Borrowing privileges end with the end of your ACE program. Your library barcode will also allow you to access some off-campus databases: http://library.laguardia.edu/research/ace

  13. I’m a retired faculty member. Can I still borrow books?

    Yes! You'll need your LaGuardia ID. For more information, contact Coordinator of Access Services Chris McHale: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  14. The book I need is checked out! Can I place a hold on it?

    Any patron can put a Hold on a circulating book that is currently charged out to any other patron. Holds cannot be placed on Reserve books.

    A book upon which a Hold has been placed cannot be renewed by the original patron.

    The Library will not recall any requested book, except an overdue book or a book which has already been renewed by a faculty member.

    When the book is returned, you'll be emailed. The book will be held at the Circulation Desk for 7 days after the email is sent.

  15. What if I accidentally damage a book?

    Patron must pay accumulated overdue fine, if any, to the date damage was reported; cost of the damage not to exceed replacement cost; and processing fee of $25.00.

  16. What if I lose a book?

    Patron must pay accumulated overdue fine, if any, to the date item was reported lost; current list price of the item as given in Books in Print; and processing fee of $25.00. Default replacement value of out-of-print books is $85.00. If a patron replaces a lost book with new copy of the same book, the Library will waive the processing fee.

    In the event that materials paid for as lost are later found or returned, the Circulation Department will authorize a refund of the replacement fee and the processing fee, less any overdue fines incurred. Refund will be made by the Business Office upon receipt of Library authorization and sent to the patron by mail. This process usually takes 6-8 weeks.

  17. What if I’m caught defacing a book (deliberate removal of specific pages, chapters, etc.)?

    Patron must pay replacement cost of the item, a $10 mutilation fee and a processing fee of $25.00.

  18. What is a fourteen-day loan?

    Additional copies of textbooks as well as outdated editions of currently used textbooks are available for self-service in the Permanent Reserve Textbook Collection.

    It is important that you bring the Reserve textbooks back on time so that other students can use them. In order to maximize the availability of textbooks for students, the Library has developed the following policies:

    • Books will circulate for 14 days. Please take note that books may be due on weekend days. If not returned, fines will accrue.
    • Books cannot be placed on hold.
    • Books cannot be renewed.
    • Books cannot be requested through other CUNY libraries.
    • Books will be available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Only students with a valid CUNY student ID will be able to check out textbooks.

    Additionally, fines for reserve items are much steeper and accrue more quickly than normal fines. Any items not returned on time will accrue fines at the rate of $6.00/hr., up to $100.00 dollars. Books will be billed for replacement after 7 days overdue, resulting in a suspension of a student's Library record, and a registration block. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Library's Circulation desk, (718) 482-5426.

  19. What is the Reserve collection?

    The Reserve collection includes books, articles, periodical issues, and sample exams which teaching faculty have requested to be kept for short-term use by their students. The Library also attempts to keep on Reserve as many course textbooks and required reading materials as possible, whether requested by teaching faculty or not. Items are removed from the collection at the end of each semester unless the instructor notifies the library that these materials are still in use.

    These Reserve materials may be borrowed by LaGuardia students only, one book or two articles at a time, for a maximum of two hours, for use in the library only. Patrons from other CUNY schools may borrow Reserve materials only during intersession, at the discretion of Circulation staff. Check-out and return of materials is carried out through the catalog in the same fashion as other circulating materials. The system calculates overdue fines for Reserve materials at the CUNY-wide rate of $0.10 per minute ($6.00 per hour), to a maximum of $100.00 per item.

    Details on Reserves can be found here.

  20. What is three-day reserve loan?

    It is important that you bring the Reserve textbooks back on time so that other students can use them. In order to maximize the availability of textbooks for students, the Library has developed the following policies:

    • Books will circulate for three days. Please take note that books may be due on weekend days. If not returned, fines will accrue.
    • Books cannot be placed on hold.
    • Books cannot be renewed.
    • Books cannot be requested through other CUNY libraries.
    • Books will be available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Only students with a valid CUNY student ID will be able to check out textbooks.

    Additionally, fines for reserve items are much steeper and accrue more quickly than normal fines. Any items not returned on time will accrue fines at the rate of $6.00/hr., up to $100.00 dollars. Books will be billed for replacement after 7 days overdue, resulting in a suspension of a student's Library record, and a registration block.

    If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Library's Circulation desk, (718) 482-5426.

    Details on Reserves can be found here.

  21. When are my books due back?

    Circulating Books (including Browsing Collection):

    Students and staff: Four-week loan, with one four-week renewal. Students and staff are guaranteed at least a three-week loan. If someone else requests a book, it could be due before the four-week deadline. Make sure you regularly check your LaGuardia student/faculty email account to stay aware of when your material is due.
    Faculty: eight-week loan, with one eight-week renewal.
    A book accompanied by a CD has the same loan period as the book without a CD.
    All books are due back at the end of semester.

    Reserve Books:

    All patrons: two-hour loan, with no renewal. Reserve books can be used only within the library.

  22. Where can I get my LaGuardia ID validated?

    You can get your validation sticker from the ID office in C101.

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Selection Policy for Media Materials
The main purpose of media selection is to provide the college community with non-print materials which can support and enrich the curriculum or enhance professional training and development. Titles or subjects may be suggested by faculty, library or media staff to meet any legitimate curriculum objective or need, but must be previewed and evaluated for purchase by the Media Coordinator and the requester. Materials are identified through catalogs, screenings, reviews and television broadcasts. Criteria for evaluating non-print materials such as film, video and videodisc include:

Before purchase, titles are checked for availability through the two film consortiums to which LaGuardia belongs. If unavailable, purchase orders are directed to sole venders because each usually obtains exclusive rights; otherwise, lowest price is sought.

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COUNCIL OF CHIEF LIBRARIANS
THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
INTERNET ACCESS GUIDELINES FOR CUNY LIBRARIES

(Approved December 14, 1998)

In accord with the spirit of the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and to maintain academic and intellectual freedom and ensure equity of access within the CUNY academic community, the following general guidelines for Internet access are suggested for CUNY libraries by the Council of Chief Librarians of the City University of New York.

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