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*LIST of Library Information: Books & 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?
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 and books on audio CD are checked out for a three-week period.
  • DVD's, Magazines, and Newspapers have a one-week checkout period.

Q: Can I have a book from the FVTC Library in Appleton sent to me at another FVTC campus?
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?
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL) is available only to current FVTC students, faculty, staff, and trustees in order to provide access to books and periodical articles that either the FVTC library does not own. 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.

Loan Periods

Books in paper and audio books on CD:
Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni, Public Users   21 days
Reserve Collection DVD Videos:
Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni, Public Users   7 days
Magazines and Newspapers:
Students, Alumni, Public Users   7 days
Faculty/Staff   21 days
Reference and Reading Area Materials:
Students, Alumni, Public Users "In Library Use Only" 
Faculty/Staff "In Library Use Only" , with the exception of class presentations.
Reserve Collection Materials:
Students, Alumni, Public Users "In Library Use Only" for most reserve items, but some instructors permit checkout for varying time periods.
Faculty/Staff "In Library Use Only" for most reserve items, unless given checkout permission by reserving instructor.

Q: Can I renew an item?

A: RENEWALS Materials may be renewed unless 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:    OVERDUES AND CHARGES 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 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 bars will be removed.

Q: What if I lose or damage an item?

A: DAMAGED AND LOST MATERIALS Borrowers are responsible for the return and care of all materials checked out on their identification. Noticeable damage should be documented with library staff BEFORE checking out materials. Library materials which are returned damaged are subject to charges based on the cost of repairing the item or on the lost cost if beyond repair. 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.

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

A: RETURNS Library materials may be placed in one of the return drop boxes at the FVTC Appleton Library.  Students are responsible for returning library materials to FVTC Appleton Library or Outreach Sites. Postal returns are sent to:
Fox Valley Technical College Library
1825 N. Bluemound Dr.
Appleton, WI  54914-2277

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 (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. 

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