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Policies: Library Policies

Library User Policies

The Richland College Library maintains collections which support the educational programs of Richland College and provide services for the benefit of the college and the community. The Richland College Library expects all library users to exercise proper and responsible use of its facilities and collections. An essential element of an effective learning environment includes respect for library users and library staff. Library users must act responsibly and refrain from any behavior which would disrupt the use of the facility by other library users or which would interrupt the work of library employees. Examples of disruption may include: loud talking, laughing, ringing cell phones, or noise from audio devices.

Right to Refuse Service

The Richland College Library provides services which support Richland College. Behavior on the part of library users which disrupts library services will not be tolerated. Librarians reserve the right to request an ID and to refuse services to any library user who acts irresponsibly by disrupting the use of the facilities or by being disrespectful to other library users or to a library employee. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:

    Rudeness including loud and offensive language
    Unreasonable demands for service
    Being under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol
    Threatening or erratic behavior
    Conflicts with other library users

Any library employee can exercise the right to refuse service when confronted by a library user acting disruptively. This policy is based on the Richland College Code of Student Conduct .


Access to library computers is a privilege granted to students, faculty, staff and the general public to provide access to library collections and other information resources for the purpose of supporting learning and research. The intent of this policy is to ensure that facilities and limited resources are used most effectively to benefit the greatest number of academic users.  Library computers are provided to support learning and research through access to library collections and other information resources.  Use of the computers must comply with the Richland College Code of Student Conduct , the Richland College Computer Use Policy, and state and federal laws.

DCCCD students and employees can sign on to any public computer in the library, using their DCCCD ID number and their birthdate as the password.  A session lasts one hour.  The user should always sign off the session when leaving the computer.

Those who are not a DCCCD student or employee may present a government-issued picture ID at the Reference or Circulation Desk.  Library staff will create a community-user account that allows sign on to any available public computer for a one hour session.   Community users are limited to a maximum of two hours a day.  The information required for this account is full name and a government-issued ID number.

Priority Use of Computers:

Library instruction classes have priority use of the computers in L126. That classroom may be closed for a 30-minute period prior to scheduled classes. There is no drop-in lab use during scheduled library instruction classes.  The classroom teaching schedule is subject to change at any time.

Priority is given to students, faculty, and staff of Richland College on all library computers. Use may be limited to primary clientele during specific time periods. Other users may be asked to relinquish the computers. Minors must always be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian (see Minors below).

Misuse of Computers:

Library computers can only be used by those with an authorized user account; it is a violation of policy to use a computer that is logged on by another person.  Library computers may not be used for commercial purposes and must be used in compliance with state and federal laws. Users of the Richland College Library computers who are in violation of this policy and/or of state and federal laws may be subject to legal, disciplinary or other appropriate action including the loss of the use of the computers. Any manipulation of the default settings on the computers to material that might reasonably be considered objectionable by others may result in loss of the use of the computers.

Internet Content:

The library upholds the principles of intellectual freedom and resists all efforts to censor library resources. Computers are located in public areas; material viewed is not private. Users must be considerate of other library users and refrain from displaying materials that might reasonably be considered objectionable by others. Viewing of pornographic material may be grounds for sexual harassment charges by other users.   (See the Richland College Student Grievance Procedure.)  
If use of the Internet becomes disruptive, a librarian may ask the offending user to leave.


Minors may use the library for research when accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, individuals under the age of 18 may not use computers, except under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian at all times, unless the minor is participating in a program, class, or activity sponsored by the college. Like other community users, these minors must present a government-issued picture ID before they can log on for a one hour session.  Parents should be aware that the library does not restrict use of the Internet and cannot be held accountable for information or images accessed through the Internet. Parents or guardians chaperoning minors are responsible for the minor's use of the Internet and for intentional or inadvertent viewing or reading of other user's screens. This policy is based on the Richland College Children on Campus Policy .

Food, Drink, and Cell Phones

It is the policy of the Richland College Library that all drinks and water bottles must have secure tops.  Food must be in closed containers, and eating is not allowed in the library.  Cell phones must be muted.  Please text; don’t talk.

Study Areas

Designated quiet study areas:

Users of these areas, on the mezzanine and the second floor, are required to remain silent so that others will not be distracted. No group study or conversations are allowed in these areas. Cell phones must be turned off. Users who talk and disrupt others in these areas will be asked to move to other areas of the library where conversations are allowed.

Group study rooms:

Group study rooms are available to Richland College students, faculty, and staff members when two or more users need to talk or study together.

  • Rooms may not be reserved in advance.
  • Rooms are for groups only.
  • At least two people must be present to check out a study room key.
  • Rooms are available for a maximum of three hours. There will be no renewals by any group member.
  • Room keys must be returned on or before the end of the three hour period. All study room keys are due back at the circulation desk no later than fifteen minutes before closing.
  • Rooms may not be booked for personal business use.
  • Excessive noise is not allowed.
  • Doors must remain closed.
  • Food is not allowed.
  • Once a study room is booked, it must remain occupied. If the group needs to leave for any reason, members must turn in the study room key.

Course Reserves Policy

Textbooks are placed on reserve in the library by instructors, providing their own copies for students' to use while in the library.  Not all textbooks are on reserve.  If yours is not, talk to your instructor about loaning the library a copy for the semester.  A picture id is required to check out reserve material for two hours in-library only.