Library Policies

Library Purpose

The Library’s goals are to:

  1. Provide quality collections , resources and services that support the educational and clinical needs of our patrons through our own collections and through collaborations with other institution
  2. Facilitate and promote information literacy skills by instilling in our library constituents the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become lifelong learners and competent practitioners of evidence-based healthcare
  3. Utilize current technologies to strengthen services and expand access
  4. Provide the highest level of service to our patrons

General Rules

  1. Students, faculty and staff must check out all materials borrowed from the Library.
  2. The Library’s physical space is clearly divided for intended uses:
    1. The Computer Lab is a space for individual and group use of the College computers, and has casual seating for group work, socializing and community events.
    2. The “Quiet Side” of the Library is designated for individual, quiet, intentional study.
    3. The Group Study Room (on the “Quiet Side”) may be reserved for group use. It is important to monitor the level of sounds within the Group Study Room so as not to disrupt individuals engaged in quiet study.
  3. Beverages and food are allowed in closed containers. Spills must be promptly cleaned up and food waste properly disposed of.

Check Out Policies

  1. Books: Books in the circulating collection may be checked out for three weeks.
  2. Journals: Print journals do not circulate.
  3. Laptops: Laptops are available to be checked out of the Library for two weeks. Special circulation privileges may be allowed by a librarian.
  4. Reserve Books: Books on the Course Reserve shelves do not circulate. Special circulation privileges may be allowed by a librarian.
  5. Skills Lab items: Skills lab items (such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and reflex hammers) are available to be borrowed for 24 hours. There is a $1 per day fine for not returning skills lab items on time.
  6. Textbooks on Reserve: A small collection of textbooks are available for 2-hour use in the Library. Special privileges and fines may apply.
  7. Videos: DVDs, CD-ROMs and computer software do not circulate. Special circulation privileges may be allowed by a librarian. Audiovisuals may be checked out by faculty for classroom use.

Daily overdue fine rates:

  • $0.10 per day for each item overdue from the circulating book collection
  • $1.00 per day for each item overdue from the Skills Lab collection
  • $2.00 per hour for each overdue from the Textbooks on Reserve collection
  • $5.00 per day for each overdue laptop. Borrowers are responsible for all fees associated with a lost, damaged or stolen laptop, up to a $1,000 replacement fee.
    NOTE: Graduating students with outstanding library fines will have their college records held by the Registrar’s Office until all fines are paid.


The Library has a Keurig coffee maker. Coffee pods, creamer and sugar may be purchased for $1.00 per pod; a punch card may be purchased for $10.00 (buy 10, get 1 free) through the Library. The machine may be used for hot water for free if the student brings their own cup and supplies.


The Library is open:

  • 0730-2100 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 0730-1700 Friday
  • Saturday, 1000-1500
  • Sunday, 1300-1800
  • Holiday hours and extended hours are posted in advance.


  • Most journals in the Library’s collection are available online. Online journals are accessible through Library databases and the Online Catalog. Off-campus access requires use of an individual’s network username and password.
  • Print journals in the Library are primarily an historic collection. Print journals may be photocopied and may not be checked out. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances.


Each semester students are provided $25.00 credit ($35 for graduate students) for printing materials from the computer lab, student center computers and printers in the Science Lab on West Campus. Printing charges are $0.05 per sheet of paper. Unused funds expire at the end of the semester.

Returned Books and Skills Lab Items

All books, skills lab items and laptops are to be returned to the Circulation Desk in the Library. When the Library is closed, materials to be returned can be placed in the book drop outside the Library door. Laptops must be returned when the Library is open and a staff member is available to receive the laptop.

Reserve Materials

Course Reserves are materials (books, journal articles, audiovisuals) that faculty determine are required to supplement course content.

  • Reserve Books are shelved by the Circulation Desk in the Library. Books are intended to be used in the Library. Special circulation privileges may be allowed by a librarian.
  • E-Reserve journal articles are accessed through the course management system (Canvas) or through a link from the Library home page. Use of eReserves is password-protected, requiring an individual’s network username and password to access the articles.


Borrowers will be assessed for any loss or damage occurring to Library material checked out in their name.

Photocopy Machine

TheLibrary’scopymachineisavailableforusebyallCollegestudents,facultyandstaff. Thecopymachinemaybe used to photocopy course materials, to scan and email documents or as a facsimile (fax) machine.