Your Success Is Our Mission
Serving Henderson and Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina
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Policy TrackingDate
RevisedMarch 1, 2017

  1. Mission – to provide quality resources, services, facilities, and instruction that support learning and success. To accomplish its mission the Library will provide relevant resources that support instruction needs; promote the Library to all that effectively seek, retrieve and use information; keep BRCC faculty, staff, and students informed of all available resources; engage BRCC faculty in selecting and maintaining resources – including new collections and long range plans – that support academic programs; and participate in reciprocal borrowing with other libraries.
  2. College Library Cards − Each person using the College Library is asked to fill out an application for a College Library card. The card must be presented to borrow materials from the College Library.
  3. Book Loans − Most books may be checked out to students for three weeks and may be renewed once for the same length of time unless they have been requested by someone else. A book must be brought to the College Library to be renewed. All books must be returned at the end of spring semester for inventory.
  4. Reserve Books − Faculty members may place any book or other instructional material on reserve for a semester. Reserve Request Forms are to be completed and returned to the library to place materials on reserve.
  5. Periodicals − Current periodicals are displayed alphabetically by title in the College Library. Back issues are retained for three years and may be checked out for one week with the exception of nursing magazines. Back issues of magazines on demand are available on microfilm. Bound periodicals are used in the College Library at all times.
  6. Newspapers − The College Library subscribes to local, state, and national papers. Current issues of local and state papers are placed on the newspaper rack daily. Other newspapers may be found on the shelf adjacent to the reference books.
  7. Reference Books − Reference books are usually circulated only to instructors for classroom use.
  8. Overdue Notice and Fines − The fine on overdue books is ten cents ($0.10) per book per day. Fines will not be charged for the weekend or any other time the library is closed. Overdue notices will be mailed or given to the student or community patron; however, failure to receive notice will not be cause for cancellation of fine. It is the student's responsibility to return all materials and pay all fines. For the failure to return reserve or reference material on time, the fine will be $10. Lost books should be reported as soon as possible to avoid accumulation of fines. The cost of replacement will be charged for a lost book. Payment for damaged or mutilated materials will be assessed by the College Library personnel and will vary according to conditions. If a person has overdue College Library materials, his or her privilege to check out additional material is suspended until materials are returned and/or fines are paid. A list of students having overdue materials or fines is submitted to the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester. Registration is not permitted until a student's College Library record has been cleared. All fines and charges must be paid and all materials returned before the student may graduate or have a transcript sent to another institution.
  9. Conduct − The College Library staff shall maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to study and research.
  10. Theft and Mutilation − Any student guilty of theft or mutilation of College Library materials will be subject to disciplinary action.
  11. Orientation − All new students will be scheduled for an orientation session on the use of the College Library at the request of the instructors, who are urged to contact the Librarian concerning special orientations to suit the needs of the students and courses involved.
  12. Resource Material Selection − Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to aid in the selection of books and materials by making recommendations.
  13. The College Library keeps its collection useful by retaining or replacing essential material and removing on a systematic basis those works which are worn, outdated, of little historical significance, or no longer in demand. Faculty and other professional staff members are encouraged to assist in the evaluation of library materials and their suitability for their subject areas.
  14. Gifts − Generally gifts are accepted when they add strength to the total collection and when it is understood that such gifts may be used anywhere and in any way needed. Storage space and staff time requirements are also considered in accepting gifts.
  15. Interlibrary Loan −The College Library offers Interlibrary loan through the North Carolina Community College System as well as a national service. Patrons are not allowed to place interlibrary loan requests if they have any outstanding fines or overdue materials. If interlibrary loan materials are lost or damaged, patrons will be held responsible for replacement cost or any damage fees the lending College Library assesses.
  16. Cataloging System − The College Library of Congress System shall be used to catalog the College Library collection.
  17. Transylvania County Campus − College Library services at the Transylvania County Campus include on-line access to electronic research materials, and a direct link to the automated card catalog located on the Henderson County Campus. Other services include audiovisuals, interlibrary loans, and networking resources. Through a cooperative agreement, the James A. Jones College Library of Brevard College provides College Library services for students enrolled at the Transylvania County Campus.
  18. College Library Internet Access − The purpose of the Library Internet Access through Blue Ridge Community College is to enhance and support the mission of Blue Ridge Community College. All students, faculty and staff, and public patrons are responsible for using Blue Ridge’s Internet resources in an effective, ethical and lawful manner. All users are governed by the Student Conduct policies published in the College Catalog. The following policies are stated:
    1. Who May Access − Blue Ridge Community College students, faculty and staff have first priority on using Internet access for research and other college related uses. Public patrons (defined as users not registered for any college class or course) may use Internet access if it does not conflict with the College’s mission and the user has obtained permission from a college supervisory official for that use. Public patron use of Internet resources is a privilege, not a right, and interference with the college’s mission will result in cancellation and/or denial of the privilege.
    2. Instruction on Library Internet Access − An objective and first priority of the Library is to provide instruction on accessing, using and evaluating information resources for students and faculty or staff of Blue Ridge Community College. Internet information is one of these resources. Library staff will provide Internet orientations, seminars for curriculum and non-curriculum classes and Non-curriculum at the request of and for Blue Ridge Community College students, faculty and staff. Public patrons may receive a brief orientation on using and accessing the Internet if a workstation is available and if library assistance and orientation will not adversely impact the ability of the library staff in its support role for students, faculty and staff. In all cases, the library will provide information to public patrons about training opportunities available through Non-curriculum or curriculum courses.
    3. Time Limit on Usage − The Librarian shall adopt and maintain procedures which assure accessibility to the Internet workstations. These procedures will be reviewed in orientation sessions and a systematic method of assigning time will be monitored by the library staff.