Durham Tech Library Policies

Identification Card Policy

Students must present a Durham Tech student ID to use the library. The ID card must have the current semester sticker obtained from the Campus Security office. Visitors, alumni, and former students must present a photo ID and sign in to use the library. All students are expected to comply with Durham Tech's Student Code of Conduct while using the library.

Library Card

Your Durham Tech identification card will serve as your library card. ID cards are issued to students, staff, and faculty through the Campus Public Safety office.To obtain a library card, you must present your Durham Tech ID card to our library staff. If you are not affiliated with Durham Tech, we can create a public borrowing card for you. We will barcode your card and enter your contact information (name, address, email, and phone) into our library database. We require this information so that the library can contact you about library related issues, such as overdue books. We value your privacy and will not disclose your information to any third party.

Loan Period

Circulating books, music CDs, and audiotapes (books on tape) may be checked out for three weeks; DVDs and videotapes for one week. Checked out materials (excluding reserves) can be renewed once. Items can be renewed online, in person, or by phone. Overdue items may not be renewed or rechecked out for 24 hours. Students may be notified of overdue items through notices in the mail, by email, or by telephone. Please note that reference books and periodicals are for library use only and certain audiovisual materials are for staff checkout only. We do not charge overdue fines except for reserve items. However, if you have overdue items or have outstanding fines on your account, your library record will be blocked, prohibiting checkout of additional materials. Patrons are responsible for the cost of lost or damaged materials.

Reserve Materials

Class materials are placed on reserve by instructors and kept behind the library circulation desk. To use reserves, you must have a Durham Tech library card. Most reserves are checked out to be used in the library only for two hours at the time. Reserve materials may be photocopied in the library; the cost is 5 cents a page. Certain materials, such as math or nursing DVDs, may be checked out of the library for time specified by instructors. These circulating reserves accrue overdue fees of $1 per day per item. Reserves must be returned to the library at the end of the borrowing period. There is a 24 hour waiting period to recheck materials out. This allows others a chance to use the item.

Audiovisual (A/V) Materials

Videotapes and DVDs are housed on the lower level of the library and in our upstairs DVD display.Those with a blue bar on the spine label, located across from the ERC computer lab and in the display, are available for checkout. All other videos and DVDs may only be checked out of the library by Durham Tech faculty and staff. Students may check them out to view them on VCRs or DVD players that are here in the library in selected carrels and study rooms.If you need to use headphones, please bring your own — the library does not have headphones to lend.

Photocopies and Printing

Three self-service photocopiers are available for use on the upper level of the library. Photocopies cost five cents per page, cash only. Printouts sent to the printers from the networked computers upstairs also cost five cents per page, payable at the print station. Durham Tech students in the ERC computer lab downstairs may print up to ten pages per day for free. Additional pages cost five cents per page. Color copies are 25 cents per page (none for free).

Study Rooms and Spaces

In the ERC main campus library, there arefour group study rooms available for academic use by Durham Tech students and faculty: room 513 on the upper level and rooms 514, 517, and 518on the lower level.Rooms 513 and 514will each accommodate up to5 or 6 people, andeach is equipped with a whiteboard and television/DVD player. Rooms 517 and 518 will accommodate 1-2 people only. Room 517 is equipped with a DVD player and room 518 is equipped with a VHS player.Study rooms may be checked out with a Durham Techlibrary cardat the library front desk for up to 2 hours at the time. When not in use, study rooms are locked. All study rooms are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis for academic use only; only faculty may reserve rooms.In addition, there are study tables in the group study area downstairs, and individual study carrels both upstairs and downstairs. For silent study (no talking, no cell phones), there is a dedicated "Quiet Room," room 508 upstairs.