Ranger College Golemon Library

Policies and Procedures

 

Library access is available to all Ranger College students, faculty, and staff; this includes, but is not limited to, the Ranger College main Campus, Erath County Center, Brown County Center, Dual Enrollment, and other offsite locations. Library privileges are extended to the local residents of Eastland County (Ranger, Eastland, Cisco), but some exceptions may apply.

 

Material Loan

Users must have a valid Ranger College student identification or state/government issued photo ID. Users are limited to 15 items and only three may be DVDs or other media formats. Community patrons must show a state/government issued photo ID for checkouts and are limited to three items, one of which may be of media format.

 

Material Loan Periods

BOOKS

Fourteen day loan period (2 weeks) with a ten item limit. Items may be renewed up to two times unless another patron has placed a request/hold for the item.

DVDS

Seven day loan period (1 week) with a three item limit. Items may be renewed once unless another patron has placed a request/hold for the item.

LAPTOPS

Twenty-one day loan period (3 weeks). ONLY ONE LAPTOP AT A TIME. Item may be renewed once for another three weeks. A laptop checkout agreement MUST be signed at the time of checkout.

CALCULATORS

Semester loan period. ONLY ONE CALCULATOR AT A TIME. No renewals.

REFERENCE/PERIODICALS/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY. Some items may be checked out to keep track of usage.

 

Fines

BOOKS

10 cents per day with a maximum fine of $10. Items over 60 days overdue will be placed under lost status. Items in lost/missing status may be subject to item replacement cost, a processing fee of $5, and the maximum fine. Damaged items may be subject to a $10 repair fee.

DVDS

50 cents a day with a maximum fine of $15. Items over 10 days overdue will be placed under lost status. Items in lost/missing status may be subject to item replacement cost, a processing fee of $10, and the maximum fine. Damaged items may be subject to a $10 repair fee.

LAPTOPS

$1 a day. Items 10 days overdue will be placed under lost status and library privileges will be revoked (students will have a hold placed on account). Items in lost/missing status may be subject to item replacement cost ($400 for laptop and $50 for charger), a processing fee of $25, and the accrued overdue fine. Damaged items may be subject to a repair fee.

CALCULATORS

$1 a day. Items 10 days overdue will be placed under lost status and library privileges will be revoked (students will have a hold placed on account). Items in lost/missing status may be subject to item replacement cost ($100 for graphing calculator and $50 for statistics calculator), a processing fee of $15, and the accrued overdue fine. Damaged items may be subject to a repair fee.

REFERENCE/PERIODICALS/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Replacement costs. Damaged items may be subject to a repair fee – cost dependent on item.

 

Lost Materials

Lost materials are subject to item replacement cost, processing fee and any accrued fines.

 

Holds

Holds are placed on accounts of users with overdue materials. Holds will prevent a user from further material checkouts, registration, and transcript access. Holds will be removed upon payment to the Ranger College Library.

 

Fine Payments

Material fines may be paid at the Ranger College Golemon Library. In some instances, fines may be paid in the campus bursar office by credit or debit card.

 

Library Usage Policy

The Ranger College Library is open to all students, faculty, staff, and Eastland County users. Residents of the Ranger College service area may register for library accounts and have limited material use privileges. Many library materials, including display items, books, DVDs, and periodicals are suited for adult patrons ONLY; parents and guardians are responsible for censorship of such materials.

 

Computer Usage Policy

The Ranger College Library offers the use of personal computers for academic and research purposes. Library PCs may not be used for unauthorized commercial or illegal purposes pursuant to the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33 Computer Crimes.

 

Off-Campus Access

The Ranger College Library databases and OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog/Library Catalog) may be accessed from off-campus sites 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A login and password may be required for the individual databases. For login credentials, contact the library.

 

Saving Documents and Items on Library Computers/Laptops

If saving documents and items on Ranger College library PCs, use portable storage such as an USB drive. Items may be temporarily saved to the computer desktop for immediate use. ITEMS SAVED TO THE COMPUTER ITSELF, BOTH DESKTOP AND HARD DRIVE, ARE ERASED ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

 

Software Use

Only licensed software may be utilized on campus computers. Users are NOT allowed to load programs or software without approval from the Ranger College Information Technology (IT) Department.
 

Printing/Photocopy Policy

Printing and photocopying is available in the Ranger College Library at no cost. Users are unable to print directly from personal laptops.

 

Bibliographic Instruction

Library instruction sessions are available throughout the semester. The librarian can be available to speak to classes and other groups as needed. Sessions may be tailored to specific topics or class assignments. Contact the library/librarian to schedule a session or for additional information.

 

TexShare

TexShare cards are available for current Ranger College students, faculty, and staff. TexShare cards allow material checkouts from affiliated academic and public libraries in Texas. TexShare cards are issued by academic year. Patrons utilizing TexShare card services are required to abide by the policies of the lending library.

 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan services are available for all Ranger College Library users. Please note that users of this service are subject to access and lending period limitation from the lending libraries. In some instances, a fee for access or shipping may be required. Please allow enough time for materials to be delivered (may take up to two weeks, dependent on distance of lending library).

 

Confidentiality of User Records/Usage

User library records are kept confidential. Only current or overdue material records are kept. Upon material discharge, all material usage records are deleted. The USA Patriot Act (United and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) supersedes library confidentiality policy and the Ranger College Library will comply with any government requests submitted under the jurisdiction of the USA Patriot Act

As to legal requirements of the act, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies or officials may obtain court orders for library records for investigations involving national security and/or terrorism. Under penalty of law, library or library staff served with search warrants may not divulge the existence of the warrants or dissemination of records disclosed as a result of warrants. Patrons cannot be informed that their records were provided to law enforcement agencies or that they are/were under FBI investigation.

 

Materials Acquisition Requests

Ranger College Library users may request materials for acquisition. All requests are elevated by the Director of Library Services/Librarian to determine whether the material is suitable or necessary for acquisition.

 

Food and Drink Policy

Food and drinks with covers are permitted in the Ranger College Library.

 

Noise/Cellular Phone Usage Policy

Ranger College Library strives to offer an atmosphere conducive to study and research. The layout of the library building requires that users be considerate of other users and keep noise levels to a minimum. Loud talking and other boisterous activity is not permitted. All library users are asked to set cellular phones to silent or vibrate. If a user must accept a call, they must keep it brief and quiet or take the call to the library foyer or completely outside of the library.

 

 

 

 

Ranger College Golemon Library

(254)647-1414 -- library@rangercollege.edu