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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Do I need an LRC (library) card?

Yes. All library users must acquire current barcoded LRC cards before they may check out any library materials on either campus. These cards can be acquired during regular library hours at the circulation desk on either campus, and they must be renewed each semester. The process of acquiring a card and/or renewing it takes only a few minutes. Current students may apply for an LRC card by completing the form provided by clicking here: Register for an LRC Card

How long can items be checked out?
Books   28 days for students and staff; Length of term for instructors
Periodicals  Non-circulating for students and community patrons; limited basis for college employees upon sign-out
Audiovisuals   Limited basis for all users. 2 day limit for students (with $5.00 refundable deposit per item)
Reserve Items  As indicated by instructor (in –house only, one hour, 24 hours, etc.)

Circulation periods are renewable for all users, provided a hold has not been placed on a specific title. In this case, the circulation period is not renewed and the item must be returned at its original due date.

How many items may be checked out?

A maximum of four books may be checked out by a student at one time. Exceptions may be made by library staff or the Director of Library Services. Current and back issues of periodicals may not be checked out to students but may be borrowed upon sign-out by college employees. A maximum of two audiovisual items may be checked out by a student at one time

Are there overdue fines?

Yes. Overdue fines are calculated as follows:
  1. A fine of ten cents per day is charged for each book that is overdue. Fines are not charged for days during which the libraries are not open, when the due date will either be the day before or after a holiday or college closing dates.
  2. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items are as follows: Actual cost of item if available plus a $5.00 processing fee.
  3. Overdue fines and replacement costs for unreturned library materials are considered debts to the college. Student records for students with outstanding library debts are flagged in the Office of Admissions and Records, and students may not register or submit graduation requests until the debt has been cleared by the library staff.
  4. At the end of each semester, a list of students with library debts is given to the Office of Admissions and Records. 
  5. Library users with overdue items may not check out additional materials until all overdue fines are paid and/or materials are returned.
  6. Students who apply for graduation must have no outstanding library debts at the time of application, except items that are in current use by the students (e.g., at the end of the final semester).
  7. Email reminders (via Wallace Community College Student E-Mail) are sent to students with overdue items and outstanding library debts.

Am I charged for lost or damaged items?

Yes.
  1. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items are as follows: Actual cost of item if available plus a $5.00 processing fee.
  2. Like overdue fines, replacement costs for lost or damaged items are considered debts to the college. Student records for students with outstanding library debts are flagged , and students may not register for classes until the debt has been cleared by the library staff.
  3. Library users with overdue items may not check out additional materials until all overdue fines are paid and/or materials are returned.
  4. Students who apply for graduation must have no outstanding library debts at the time of application, except items that are in current use by the students (e.g., at the end of the final semester).

What are reserves?

Instructors may place books, study guides, practice tests, artifacts, models, audiovisuals, and other items on "reserve." This means that the items are placed on limited circulation so that as many people as possible will have access to them during the time needed. These items may be checked out for the specified time period at the Reserves Desk inside the library. Library cards are required to check-out any reserve item.

Can I borrow items through Inter-Library Loan (ILL)?

Yes. Students and faculty may pick up ILL request forms and submit them at the Circulation Desk at either campus library. An ILL Online Request Forms is also available. All expenses including postage, will be assumed by the borrower rather than the Wallace Community College LRC System and must be paid at the time that the item is picked up.
Attachment: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Form (NEED FORM)

Do I have library privileges at other libraries?

Yes. With a current Wallace Community College LRC card, you may check out items from Troy University Dothan Library, Houston-Love Library System, and Ozark-Dale County Public Library. Your Wallace Community College LRC card must be updated each semester to indicate current enrollment. You may stop by the circulation desk in either LRC to get your card stamped and updated each semester.
Students will be expected to abide by the terms and policies of the library from which they are requesting resources and or services.