Community library cards are available to community members for a fee of $25 for 12 months. These cards are not BC student ID cards, but still allow borrowing privileges.
The library card entitles the holder to borrowing privileges (a maximum of three books at a time may be checked out for two weeks), off-campus access to library research databases, computer access in the library (2nd floor) but not the Computer Commons, and wifi access. All library computers offer Internet and research database access and a Microsoft Word viewer, though not full MS Word.
There are three photocopiers in the library, one upstairs and two on the mezzanine level. These machines do NOT accept ID cards, but do accept bills and coins.
The library is closed during semester breaks so there is no access to the building when the college is not in session.
Keep on silent or vibrate. Please go outside to make or receive calls. Inside the library we prefer two words: text messaging.
Food and drink:
Keep ALL items INSIDE backpacks or bags. No eating or drinking, please!
Be considerate of others — whisper so as to avoid bothering the many people who use the library to study.
Reserve a group study room at the circulation desk downstairs if you have a project that requires discussion. Even then, please keep voice levels down to avoid bothering students nearby.
When you want to catch the latest gossip or just socialize with your friends, head to the cafeteria. The library is a study space.
Keep music on earphones at a level so others can’t hear it.
Card games, chess, dice, Yahtzee, and Scrabble are better played at home. They’re a losing proposition in the library.
Clean up after yourself and throw away garbage in trash cans provided.
Use the computers for research. Tweeting, shopping, Instagramming, or playing games are not appropriate uses for library stations. Computer use is a privilege, not a right.
Respect the rights of other library users. Help create a positive atmosphere in our library. Disturbing images or pornography may offend other library users. Those who create disturbances may be restricted in library use or referred for disciplinary actions.
Come to the library to work, not to snog.
Respect Library Materials:
Do not tear, write on, or otherwise damage library books, magazines, and furnishings.
Play it Safe: Keep your valuables with you and under a watchful eye.
Ask and Ye Shall Receive:
Ask a reference librarian for assistance with any research need. The reference staff can help you save time and find great resources for your projects.
Treat the library staff and fellow students with courtesy and consideration. Practice your random acts of kindness here.
Computer use shall be consistent with the educational, academic and administrative purposes of the college/district and shall respect the rights of other computer users.
Computer use is an extension of the instructional process. Infractions or abuses in the use of the Computer Commons and other computer labs will be addresses under the current Student Conduct Policy and Procedures as described in the Bakersfield College Student Handbook.
● A borrower must be a currently-enrolled student or staff member with a BC ID card to check out materials. ID cards are free and are available in the lobby of the Administration Building.
● Checkout period is 3 weeks. If there are no requests on an item it may be renewed up to two times. Checkouts late in the semester may be shorter, as all materials must be returned by the Friday before finals week.
● Items can be renewed by phone or renewed online through your account in the library catalog.
● A borrower may have up to 20 books checked out at once.
● Hot Topic, DVD, and audiovisual materials have a 7-day checkout period.
● Reference materials and periodicals cannot be checked out.
● Overdue fines are 25 cents per day per item for general books, $1 a day for DVDs, and $1 per hour for overdue reserve items.
● If an item is lost by a borrower, replacement cost plus a processing fee will be charged. The fine will be waived if the borrower donates a good-condition replacement copy of the same edition of the title.
Group Study Room Policies
● Reserve a room by phone or in person either the day of use or after 12 noon the day before use. For Monday reservation, you may call after 12 noon Saturday.
● No food or drink are allowed in study rooms (or in the library).
● Study groups must have at least 2 people.
● Keep noise to a minimum.
● 2 hour maximum per group.
● Study rooms are available for student use only. Students must have a current BC ID card to reserve a room.
● Check in at the Circulation Desk before using the room. If you check in more than 15 minutes late the room will be given to another group.
● Clean up after yourself – pick up trash, erase the board.
● Dry erase markers and erasers are available at the Circulation Desk.
Collection Development / Donated Materials
● The Library acquires materials that support college curriculum and student learning. The library does not collect textbooks. Suggestions for additions to the collection are always welcome. Read the full Collection Development Policy.
● Donated items are reviewed for possible duplication, for quality, and for relevance to curriculum and learning. The library reserves the right to sell or discard any donated items that don’t meet the criteria for addition to the collection.
● The library will provide an acknowledgement letter confirming receipt of donated items, if requested. Dollar amounts will not be included unless indicated by the donor.
Library Study Environment
● Students are asked to observe the "no talking" and "whispering" zones in the library in order to create a quiet study environment for all students.
● When playing audio or video on library computers, headphones must be used rather than the internal computer speakers.