Cerro Coso Community College

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Library Rules and Regulations

Standards of Conduct

All patrons are expected to maintain appropriate standards of conduct. Failure to maintain these standards may result in suspension of library privileges and in the case of students may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the policies and procedures of the college.

  • Smoking, E-cigarettes, and the use of smokeless tobacco are prohibited in all areas of the library.
  • Noise levels should be kept to a minimum. This includes the use of cell phones and music devices. Patrons are requested to turn cell phone ringers to the lowest volume or on vibrate and take phone calls in the lobby area to minimize distraction.
  • Food and beverages are allowed with the exception of Room 631. Drinks should have a lid to help contain liquids in case of a spill. Patrons are responsible for cleaning up and maintaining a clean environment. Aromatic foods that may bother other patrons are discouraged in the library.
  • No animals are allowed in the library other than those assisting persons with disabilities.
  • Children (14 years and younger) are welcome in the library only when under the direct supervision of a responsible adult.


Authorized Borrowers

Cerro Coso Community College Library materials may be borrowed by currently registered students, faculty, and staff. Community members may borrow library materials by presenting valid photo identification at the Library Help Desk. There is no fee for borrowing privileges and the library does not issue borrower cards. Registered students and community members are allowed to check out books. Course reserves may be checked out by registered students at the circulation desk. Reference materials may be viewed in the library and are non-circulating. Audiovisual materials may be checked out by faculty and staff, and all other patrons may view these materials in the library.

The library will not circulate materials to patrons younger than 18 years of age unless the minor is a registered student.

Community Patrons

Community patrons 18 years or older may borrow materials and use the resources at the library. During the first visit, check-out privileges are limited to one item only. Community patrons are also unable to print from library computers, request Interlibrary Loans from other libraries, or access online resources from off-campus.


All patrons have a 20 book limit. In special circumstances, these limits may be exceeded with permission of the Librarian.

Loan Period

The following loan periods are in effect of library materials:


3 weeks from day of checkout; 2 renewals

Course Reserves:

Library Use Only or as specified

Reference materials:

Library Use Only except with special permission by faculty


Library Use Only

Audiovisual (videos, CDs, etc.):

Checkout is available to staff and faculty. Library Use Only to all other patrons except with special permission


Materials may be renewed by phone when they are not overdue and when there are no outstanding requests from other users for the material(s). Patrons may renew items 2 times. In special circumstances, the librarian may allow additional renewals.


Fines are not charged for overdue materials. Materials not returned after notification are assumed lost and a hold for the replacement cost of the item will be placed on the student's record at the Business Office.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons must pay the cost of lost or damaged materials. Items are considered lost after they are 3 weeks overdue. Patrons will receive a notice with the cost of the item. A hold at the Business Office will be placed if the amount is not paid by the end of the semester.


Patrons may contact the circulation desk by phone or email if you need to place a book on hold that is checked out. Holds can also be placed online via the Horizon Library Catalog by clicking the "Request Item" button on an item record. You will be contacted when the book is returned and it will be held at the circulation desk for 48 hours. You may also place an item on hold if you contact the circulation desk for a particular item and would like to pick it up at within 48 hours.

Copies and Copyright

Copies may be made at the circulation desk for $.10 per copy. Patrons using this equipment accept responsibility for abiding by all copyright laws. The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 of the U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies of copyrighted material.

Video Copyright

All videos owned by Cerro Coso Community College Library may be viewed by students in the library on equipment supplied by the library. Faculty may check out videos for use in their classes.

WARNING: Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures and video tapes. (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 501 and 506.) The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigates allegations of criminal copyright infringement. (Title 17, United States Code, Section 506).

Library Reserve Copyright

Photocopying one copy of an article from an owned journal title or a chapter from an owned volume at the request of a faculty member for the purpose of Library Reserve fits within Copyright guidelines of Fair Use.

Multiple Copies made for Course Reserves:

  • The amount of material should be reasonable (discretionary designation) with respect to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level, 17 U.S.C. 401(1) and (3).
  • The number of copies should be reasonable (discretionary designation) in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and other courses which may assign the same material, 17 U.S.C. 107(1) and (3).
  • Material should contain some form of copyright notice (17 U.S.C. 401).
  • The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. In general, the library should own at least one copy of the work, 17 U.S.C. 107(4). (From the ALA Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use, March '82.)
  • Multiple copies of a copyrighted article may be requested by a faculty member and put on reserve by the library if time does not allow for copyright permission to be granted.
  • These materials should be returned to the faculty member when they are removed from reserve.


The American Library Association Code of Ethics includes the statement "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, materials consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." The library strongly supports this precept. Thus, the library will not disclose information such as reference questions posed, reading materials (including Web sites) consulted, or the identity of its users, except as required by law.

The passage of the USA PATRIOT Act and other laws and regulations following September 11, 2001, gives the FBI and other law enforcement agencies broader authority to obtain confidential information and records from libraries as well as other agencies. While they are still required to obtain a court order, the legal standard for obtaining the order is lower.

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