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. There is no fee for borrowing privileges and the library does not issue borrower cards. Course reserves may be checked out by registered students at the circulation desk for use in the library. 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 or provide computer access 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 by presenting valid photo identification. 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 10 item 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 or email 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 three weeks from the due date 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

Items are considered lost after they are 4 weeks overdue. Patrons will receive an email notice with the cost of the item and the fee will be added to the student’s account at the Business Office. Patrons must pay the cost of lost or damaged materials or provide the library with a brand new duplicate copy of the item.


Patrons may place a hold on a circulating item by signing in to the catalog and clicking “Request” in the item record. An email will be sent when the item is available. It will be held at the circulation desk for one week.

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 Cerro Coso library supports the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, which strives to "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." The Cerro Coso library only uses personal information provided to the college by the patron in order to fulfil the patron’s library service needs. The library will never disclose information such as reference questions posed, reading materials consulted (including websites and databases), or the identity of its users to anyone, except as required by law. Please note that under the USA PATRIOT Act, the library may be required to provide records to authorized law enforcement agencies with a court order.

In an effort to safeguard patron privacy, the library does not retain records of materials checked out after they are returned. The library also does not retain most student contact information, sign-in sheets, and other personally-identifiable information beyond the end of the semester, except in cases of accounts with outstanding fines, overdue materials, or other issues. The library strives to utilize databases that encrypt and secure any personal information they collect. See the general Cerro Coso Community College Privacy Notice regarding what electronic information may be collected by the college and the library. Please note that external links provided on the library website are governed by their respective privacy policies, not the library’s, and may track and share personal information with other third parties.