FAQs for borrow

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.


Can I borrow a DVD?

Select DVDs are available to LaGuardia Library users only. Patrons may borrow 1 DVD at a time for 4 days. A late charge will accrue at a rate of $10 per day for materials returned after the due date.


Can I borrow an iPad?

Yes! They're available for three-day loan at the Media Desk.


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 (detailed instructions are here).


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.


Can I take out things like journals and reference books?

Indexes: do not circulate.
Pamphlets: do not circulate.
Periodicals: journals and newspapers on paper do not circulate.
Reference books: do not circulate.


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.


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.


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.


How much is it for an overdue DVD?

Overdue fines for DVD are $10 per day.


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


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)


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.


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:

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.


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:

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.


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.


Where is my textbook?

We have copies of most textbooks on reserve at the checkout desk. To use a reserve text book, just ask for it by title at the checkout desk. Reserve books can be used for two hours at a time within the Library. If you want to purchase your textbooks, visit the bookstore.

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