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*LIST of Library Information: Borrowing ( a.k.a. loaning or renting)

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Borrowing Items (also known as loaning or renting)

Use your photo ID to check out items.
The borrower is responsible for the return and care of borrowed materials. Identification cards obtained through the student Activity Center may serve as library cards.

  • Checkout is limited to 15 items per user.
  • DVD checkout recommendation to students: 3 items per user.
  • Books, Audiobooks on CD, and TV-series DVDs are checked out for a three-week period.
  • Movie DVDs, Magazines, and Newspapers have a one-week checkout period.
  • Items in locked Reserve are mostly in-library-use-only.

Catalog used to locate a physical book in the physical library.

A: We use a call number, like an address, to find where the book "lives". Our books, audiovisuals, and other items in the reference section and in the library stacks, are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification system. 

Q: How do I renew an item?

A: Materials may be renewed unless there is a hold on it (another patron has requested the use of the item). You may renew over the phone if there is no fine. An item may be renewed up to three times unless another user has requested it. Each renewal time period is the same length as the original checkout time period.

IF AN ITEM IS RECALLED: All checked-out materials may be recalled by the library manager. Recalled materials should be returned within 48 hours of notification.

Can I get a book sent to another FVTC campus?

Q: Can I have a book from the FVTC Library in Appleton sent to me at another FVTC campus?
A: Yes. Please use the FVTC Interlibrary Loan Material Request form to place a request for one one or more items.

Q: What if FVTC doesn't own a copy of the book or journal I want?
A: INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL) is available only to current FVTC students, faculty, staff, and trustees. Please use the FVTC Interlibrary Loan Request form to request items. Delivery time may take 7 to 10 days or more.*

*Most items are loaned at no charge to the requestor, but sometimes the lending library will need to assess a charge. If a charge will be made, Library Services will contact the requestor to verify if the request should go forward. Turn-around time varies, depending on the library which holds the item and the time of year. Most requests will be received within two weeks, but requests may take six weeks or longer. October-November and February-March are the busiest times during the academic year for Interlibrary Loan activity. Researchers are encourage to plan ahead. Occasionally, there will be requests that the FVTC Library is unable to fill.

Can't Find it? You can borrow it from another library

Q: I lost/damaged an item. What should I do?

A: Borrowers are responsible for the return or replacement of materials. 

Borrowers who report lost items will be charged a fee based on the replacement or paid cost of the lost item. Library Services will refund this paid charge if the items are found and returned in good condition.

Noticeable damage should be documented with library staff BEFORE checking out materials. 

Q: Will I be charged for overdue items?

A: We don't charge fines, but we do place a FINancial bar on long-overdue items. 

Overdue notices will be sent to patrons reminding them to return outstanding materials. Library users who have overdue materials or owe the library money will not be able to borrow any more materials until their record is cleared. After an item is three weeks overdue, borrowers will be billed with the replacement fee and a FINancial bar will be applied to their record, blocking them from registering for classes and obtaining transcripts, grades, financial aid, etc..

When the replacement fee is paid, or if item is returned, all charges and FIN bars will be removed.

Request Items from FVTC Library (Pull List or Hold List) - Request an item online or by email.

Items that are in the FVTC General Collection have a button in the catalog that allows you to [] Request it].  If the item is available, a pull list is generated and staff will pull the book and put it in the Hold Basket at the front desk of the Library. 

If an item is checked out, (listed as Not Available) the [] Request it] option will put you on a "Hold List".  When it is your turn to get the item, we will contact you.  You will then have one week to collect the item before it becomes available to someone else.

Q: How do I request an item purchase?

A: Our collection development is now primarily through Faculty-Driven Acquisitions: We are only buying paper books requested by faculty - as resources for their classes. Suggestions for purchases may be submitted to (Please provide as much information as possible - Author, Title, Publisher, Edition, Date, ISBN, Format and Cost.)

Q: How do I return items to the FVTC Library?

A: Library materials may be placed in the return drop box in the FVTC Appleton Library. You may also hand your item to the staff at the Library.

Distance Learners are responsible for returning library materials to FVTC Appleton Library or Outreach Sites.

Postal returns are sent to:
Fox Valley Technical College Library
Room G113
1825 North Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

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