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

Borrowing Items (also known as loaning or renting)

Q: What do I need to check out items from the FVTC Library?
A: Use your photo ID to check out items.
CIRCULATION:  All library materials must be checked out at the circulation desk using a photo I.D. 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 is limited to 3 items per user.
  • Reference resources do not circulate.
  • Books, books on audio CD, and TV-series DVD's are checked out for a three-week period.
  • DVD's, Magazines, and Newspapers have a one-week checkout period.
  • Items in locked Reserve are mostly in-library-use-only.

Q: Can I have a book from the FVTC Library in Appleton sent to me at another FVTC campus?
A: Yes. Use the FVTC Interlibrary Loan Material Request form to request 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. Use the FVTC Interlibrary Loan Request form to request items. Allow 7 to 10 days for delivery*.

*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 FVTC Library Services is unable to fill.

Q: Can I request book purchases?

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 may be submitted by faculty to library@fvtc.edu (Please provide as much information as possible - Author, Title, Publisher, Edition, Date, ISBN, Format and Cost.)

Q: How do I 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 long can I borrow and item?

Loan Periods:

Books in paper, audio books on CD, and TV Series on DVD:
21 days

Magazines, Newspapers, and Movies on DVD:
7 days

Reference and Reading Area Materials: 
Mostly "In Library Use Only" for most reserve items.

Q. How do I place a HOLD on an item so I can have it after it is returned?

A. Items that are in the FVTC General Collection have a button in the catalog that allows you to
[ [] Request it].  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 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

Q: Can I renew an item?

A: RENEWALS 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.They may be renewed three times unless another user has requested the item. Each renewal time period is the same length as the original checkout time period.

RECALLS All resource materials checked out may be recalled by the library manager. Recalled materials should be returned within 48 hours of notification.

Q: What if my item is overdue?

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 over due 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  students from registering for classes  and obtaining transcripts, grades, financial aid, etc..

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

Q: What if I lose or damage an item?

A: DAMAGED AND LOST MATERIALS: Borrowers are responsible for the return or replacement of materials. 

Noticeable damage should be documented with library staff BEFORE checking out 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 lost charges paid, if items are found and returned in good condition.

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

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