Library policies apply to both Cannell Library and the Information Commons at Columbia Tech Center.
- Beverages in the Library
- Approved: Travel mugs, spill-proof tops, pull-tops.
- Prohibited: Open cups, paper cups, cans.
Borrower Eligibility (for library card)
- All current Clark College students, faculty and staff may obtain a library card at the Cannell Library or Information Commons Check Out Desk by presenting picture identification and confirmation of their current mailing address regardless of residence.
Residents of community college service district 14 who are over age 16 may apply for a Clark College Library card with valid picture identification, proof of current residence and age. Some library services are not available to community visitors.
- The number of items allowed varies according to collection and borrower status. Community borrowers are limited to 15 items total.
Items from all of the following collections are limited to a combined total of 15 per borrower: Leach Collection; ESL/ENL books and AV; New Books; Renaissance Kids.
- Either a valid library card from the Clark College Library or a valid Clark College ID must be presented each time library materials are borrowed, including course reserves that are restricted to library use only. A fee may be charged if cards are lost or forgotten.
Cards are issued to individuals and may not be loaned to friends or family members.
Cardholders are responsible for the prompt return and the physical condition of any items checked out on their card.
Lost or stolen cards must be reported promptly.
Changes in personal information including name, address, email and phone numbers must be reported to library staff.
- Cell Phones/Noise
- Cannell Library is considered a classroom. Please set cell phones to silent or vibrate and take cell phone conversations outside of the library or i-Commons. Loud or disruptive visitors may be asked to leave the premises.
- Books from the general collection are loaned for 21 days. If any item is overdue, it must be returned or renewed before any more materials may be checked out.
Items that circulate from the Cannell Library collections can be transported by courier for check out at the Information Commons located in the Clark College at Columbia Tech Center building.
Reference books, periodicals, most reserves for classes and certain other designated items are not permitted to be removed from the Cannell library. At the CTC I-Commons, such item may be taken to the photocopy room (218).
- Children under 16 years of age are to be quiet, well behaved and accompanied by a supervising adult.
- Instructors may choose to place materials on reserve for limited use use at either Cannell Library or the Information Commons at the Clark College at Columbia Tech Center building.
Only two print reserves and one audiovisual item may be checked out at a time. Reserves cannot be renewed or have holds placed on them. Loan periods vary depending on class need.
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- Computer Use Policy
- Cannell Library and the i-Commons at CTC provide library collections and computer resources to meet the informational and
instructional needs of Clark College students, faculty and staff. We aim for a balanced collection of books,
periodicals, media, and electronic resources representing diverse viewpoints to provide students with resources
needed to examine issues freely and make decisions as described in the Collection Development Policy. Within this context, we provide access to the Internet and online resources on
computers located in the library.
Internet access is through a private network that is provided exclusively for the benefit of students,
employees, staff, visitors, conference attendees, invitees, and others involved in campus life and the academic community,
as well as members of the public. Access may only be obtained through campus facilities or through a user access code.
At Cannell Library Internet use by guests (persons not affiliated with Clark College) is a privilege granted at the discretion of librarians.
Guests must obtain a Cannell Library card, sign in at the Reference Desk, and limit use to one hour. Printing is not available to guests. Guest log-on is not available at the i-Commons at CTC.
Library public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, in times of high use when patrons
are waiting for computers, library staff may give priority to Clark students working on course-related research.
- Cannell Library and the i-Commons at CTC are considered shared public places. Users should be aware that some materials accessed on the
Internet may be considered controversial, offensive, or inappropriate for viewing in a public setting.
Librarians ask users, out of consideration for others, to take care not to display or broadcast in any
shared public place any images, sounds, or messages that could create an atmosphere of discomfort, harassment or
intimidation for others, and to refrain from transmitting such images, sounds or messages to others using
Library computing resources. Displaying materials which create a hostile environment for work or study will not be permitted.
In some situations where the display or broadcast of such materials is necessary to further a legitimate educational
purpose, librarians ask that users be sensitive to the public nature of shared facilities. Please make advance
arrangements with the reference librarians to access these materials in a private environment.
Users should be aware of copyright law as it applies to computer software. It is a criminal offense to copy
any software that is protected by copyright. A formal copyright declaration need not be in evidence for legal
copyright protection to be in force.
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- Food / Chewing
Tobacco / Smoking
- At Cannell Library, no eating, including chewing tobacco. No smoking, in accordance with the campus-wide policy.
At the i-Commons at CTC non-messy snack foods are allowed; tobacco products of any form are not allowed.
Lost and Found
- Keys, purses and valuables found in the Cannell library are taken to Security in Gaiser Hall as soon as possible. Such items left in the i-Commons at CTC are taken to Security office, CTC 133. Other items are kept in the lost and found box at the Check Out Desk for approximately 2 weeks.
Overdue and Damaged Items
- Overdue items and fines for damaged or lost materials may prevent Clark College students from receiving grades, transcripts, or college checks. Students whose records are blocked must return or pay for items in order to register for the next quarter. Unpaid fees are referred to a collection agency.
Daily fines are not charged for late materials. However, when items are billed, a nonrefundable $15 overdue fee per item is charged.
For lost or damaged materials, there are designated charges. Payment of replacement fees does not constitute purchase of materials. Washington state law requires that library materials be retuned even when fees are paid for damaged items.
Refunds are given for Clark College library items returned in good condition within 6 months of the payment date. No refunds will be given for overdue fees or when reimbursement has already been paid to another lending agency.
- Periodicals are for library use only and holds cannot be placed on them.
- For Cannell Library books, a maximum of two renewals is allowed provided there are no holds on the item being renewed, the item is not overdue, or the item is not a reserve item. Items borrowed from Summit may not be renewed. Class reserves cannot be renewed.
- Requests can be placed on Clark College Library materials online, on or off campus. Cannell Library staff print and page requests (pull the item from the shelves) twice daily, generally mid-morning and early evening during weekdays and once on weekend days when the library is open.
Summit items may only be requested by Clark College students enrolled in credit classes, current faculty and staff.
Patrons requesting books will be notified by email or phone when items are ready for check out.
Most items will be held at least 7 days on the hold shelf after a patron is notified. Summit items limited to 6-day loan are only held for 2 days on the hold shelf.
The campus library does not mail out books.
Phone requests to retrieve items from the stacks will be accepted and searched within one hour providing there is staff available.
When the library is closed for quarter break, appointments can be made to pick up requested items by calling the Cannell Library circulation department.
- To return materials whenever the Cannell Library is closed, use the silver metal boxes located just outside the library entrance and on the walkway next to the parking lot at the northwest corner of Gaiser Hall (map).
To return borrowed library materials when the I-Commons at Columbia Tech Center is closed, use the metal return box located just outside the north entrance to the CTC building.
Cannell Library staff retrieves materials from outside return boxes at least once daily including weekends when the building is open. I-Commons at CTC staff retrieves materials from the outside return box at least once daily excluding Fridays and weekends.
Outside return boxes can be used even during quarter breaks.
- Summit items circulate for 6 weeks or 6 days as determined by the lending library. No renewals are permitted.
- Faculty may book videocassettes or DVDs in advance for their Clark College classes. Up to 3 DVDs or videos may be checked out for 6 days. Renewals are possible provided the items is not booked for another instructor.
Students or community patrons may borrow a maximum of 3 videos or DVDs for 6 days. These items may not be requested in advance and can not be renewed.
Listening/viewing equipment is available on the second floor of Cannell Library and in the Information Commons at CTC.