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Using the Library

CCBC Library serves College students and staff, and residents of Beaver County. 

Library Hours
The Library is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm and Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and closed on Saturdays, Sundays and official College holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and the week between Christmas and New Year).

Technology resources
A wireless network is available in the Library and throughout campus for users who have their own notebook computers.  In addition, twenty-four networked computers running Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010 software accommodate users' needs for e-mail, Web access, word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and database applications.  These computers are connected to two network printers located behind the Customer Service desk.  Printouts are free for students upon presentation of the College ID card. Due to printer capacity limitations, no more than 50 pages should be printed per person per day.

Keep in mind that, if there are no computers available at the library, you may use the Open Computer Lab located in the Science and Technology building, room 4114. You may also print for free at the Open Lab.

Seven additional computer terminals, located next to the reference desk, are dedicated to searching the Library's online catalog, B-VR-PAC.  One other terminal is attached to a scanner, which can be used for free to create image files and .pdf documents.  Please note that these computers are NOT connected to a printer. 

A black-and-white photocopy machine is located beyond the circulation desk; copies are 10 cents a page, and the machine provides change for bills up to $5.  The Library does not own a color printer or a fax machine.

The electronic classroom (room 9-204), with 35 networked computers, a printer, a multimedia instructor workstation, lectern and projector, is used for library instruction sessions and for placement testing. 

Getting a Library CardBeaver County library card
Library cards are required to check out materials, including electronic books. Application for a library card can be made at the Customer Service desk.  A photo ID or other proof of residency or student status is required.  Beaver County Library System cards issued at the public libraries are accepted at CCBC Library and vice-versa.

Borrowing materials
Books, audiobooks, e-books, videos and DVDs can be checked out for two weeks; they can be renewed, provided no one else has placed a "hold" - in other words, if no one is waiting for the item to be returned.  If a book is checked out to another user, you may place your name on a waiting list by clicking the "Request" link that appears on the book record page and entering your information.  You will be notified by phone or email when the item is returned to the Library.  Holds can also be placed on items that belong to Beaver County Library System libraries.  Those items will be delivered to the library of your choice, usually within two business days.

Renewing checked out materials
You may view the list of items you have borrowed and renew your items online through B-VR-PAC (click here for directions).  Phone renewals can also be made by calling the Customer Service desk at 724-480-3442.  Voice mails and email messages cannot be accepted for this purpose.

Fines and fees
Items returned after the due date are subject to a fine of 20 cents per day per item, except for DVDs, which carry a $1.00 fine per day.  Users who owe more than $5.00 in fines will have their library privileges suspended until payment is made. At the end of each semester, students who still have a balance will not have their grades released by the Registrar until all library dues are paid.

Reserve materials
Instructional items are sometimes placed "on reserve" for use of students enrolled in a particular class.  These materials are kept behind the Customer Service desk and circulate for a limited time, at the instructor's discretion.  In the case of materials limited to two hours of use, a 25 cent fine will be assessed for each hour a reserve item is overdue.  Reserve materials are for use by registered students only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about reserve materials should be directed to Pat Smith, at (724)480-3408.

Interlibrary loan
The Community College of Beaver County Library is committed to resource sharing. The interlibrary loan service provides access to resources that are not available at our facility, and makes CCBC’s resources available to patrons of other libraries.  Every reasonable effort will be made to locate material through regional, national, and international sources. The library abides by the National Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association.

CCBC students, staff, faculty, and administrators as well as public patrons may utilize the service.  Borrowing restrictions set by lending libraries must be honored, and no more than four requests may be submitted at a time.  Some resources may not be available for loan; for example: entire volumes of periodicals; reference books; special collection or archive materials; and some forms of audiovisual materials. 

Any fees imposed by the lending libraries, as well as the replacement cost of lost or damaged resources will be the financial responsibility of the patron initiating the request.   Allow 10 – 14 days for receipt of requested materials; you will be notified via phone and/or email when your materials have arrived. Materials not picked up within 5 business days will be returned to the lender; patrons who do not pick up materials following three interlibrary loan requests will no longer be permitted to submit requests.

Interlibrary loan requests may be made in person at the Library's Customer Service Desk, or online by clicking on the following link:  http://www.ccbc.edu/interlibrary