Policies for Distance Education Library Patrons

Obtaining a library card

Patrons must have a library card in order to check out either circulating or reserve materials here in the library, or to use any special library services offered to distance education students. In order to obtain a library card, library staff must be able to verify your status as a student, staff, or faculty member of Durham Technical Community College. If you obtain your card in person from the Durham Tech library or from one of our branches, we will need to see your Durham Tech ID card to which we will add our library barcode before adding you to our library system. If you are a student taking only distance education courses and wish to receive a library card via the US mail, we must be able to verify your status using the Colleague system. In either case, the library card application must be filled out completely.

Special services exclusively for distance education learners

Special library services, such as sending library cards and books or other materials to patrons via US mail, are limited to students who are taking *only* distance education courses—i.e., students who are not taking any courses that require them to be on campus. We reserve the right to check your records in order to verify your student status and which classes you are taking.

Circulation policies for checking out materials by mail to distance learners

The library is only able to send books (limit two at one time) to distance learners; we will not mail audiovisual materials, journals or newspapers, or materials that are on reserve here in the library. Checkout time is three weeks, and materials may be renewed once for another three weeks *if* the renewal request is made before the books are overdue. Books must be returned in a timely manner and in good condition before requests for additional books may be made. Please return books either by mail (a mailing label will be provided in the package in which you receive your books), to the Durham Tech library circulation desk or to our drop box located right outside the Educational Resources Center, or to another community college library. Please do not return books to public libraries, other university libraries (such as Duke or UNC), or any other libraries—there is no way to be sure that materials returned to one of these libraries will be returned timely if at all. If books are lost or damaged, users will be charged replacement costs.

Interlibrary loan services for distance learners

We are happy to request books from other libraries on behalf of our distance education learners. Libraries who loan us books set the borrowing conditions of these books, such as the due date and whether an item may be renewed, and our patrons must abide by these conditions. Journal articles from other libraries may also be requested; however, sometimes there is a fee charged by other libraries for photocopying or faxing articles. When this is the case, Durham Tech library must pass this fee on to the person who made the interlibrary loan request. If you wish to limit your request to materials that are free only, please indicate this on the interlibrary loan request form (this is done by leaving the box at the bottom unchecked, beside the sentence that begins “I agree to pay any costs….”.

Using your library card at other libraries

In addition to services from the Durham Technical Community College libraries, including our main libraries and our branches, our patrons may use a valid Durham Tech library card to borrow books from other community college libraries or to borrow up to two books from North Carolina Central University.


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