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), 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 isn't allowed in the library, however, snack foods and drinks with lids are okay. Please keep food and drink away from library computers.
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.
Do not tear, write on, or otherwise damage library books, magazines, and furnishings.
Keep your valuables with you and under a watch eye.
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.