Library Policies

Learn more about additional library policies.

Identification Card Policy

Students must present their Durham Technical Community College student IDs to use at the Library. The ID card must have the current semester sticker obtained from the Campus Security office. Visitors, alumni, and former students must present their photo IDs 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

The Durham Tech identification card also serves as the patron’s library card. ID cards are issued to students, staff, and faculty through the Campus Public Safety office. To obtain a library card, the patron must present his or her Durham Tech ID card to the Library staff.

If the patron is not affiliated with Durham Tech, the Library staff can create that patron a public borrowing card. The staff will barcode the card and enter the patron’s contact information (name, address, email, and phone) into the library database. This information is required so that Library staff can contact the patron about library-related issues, such as overdue books. The staff values every cardholder’s privacy and will not disclose the person’s 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 are allowed out 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. Overdue fines are not charged except for cases with reserve items. However, if the patron has overdue items or outstanding fines on his or her account, that individual’s library record will be blocked, prohibiting checkout of additional materials. Patrons are responsible for the costs 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, the patron 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 five 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 the upstairs DVD display. Each item with a blue bar on the spine label that’s located across from the Educational Resources Center computer lab and in the display is 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 in the Library in selected carrels and study rooms. Patrons need to bring their own headphones as 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 10 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 are four group study rooms available for academic use by Durham Tech students and faculty: room 513 on the upper level and rooms 514, 517, and 518 on the lower level. Both rooms 513 and 514 accommodate up to six people and are equipped with a whiteboard and television/DVD player. Both rooms 517 and 518 accommodate one to two people. 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 Tech library card at the Library’s front desk for up to two hours at a 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.

Visitors Under Age 18

Any non-Durham Tech student who is 16 or older wishing to enter the Library must sign in as a visitor and present a photo ID. Any visitor younger than 16 must be under the direct and close supervision of a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult at all times while in the Durham Tech Libraries. Visitors younger than 16 may not use Durham Tech Library computers. If children are unaccompanied in the Library, Campus Security will be called for their safety. Any individual who is 16 or 17 who is not enrolled at Durham Tech may get a public user library card to have guest computer and guest borrowing privileges; these privileges will only be permitted with a Parent or Guardian Authorization form as well as a photo ID.