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Circulation & Borrowing Information

Updated May 14th, 2013
Introduction:

Diné College Libraries exist to support the educational goals of Diné College students, faculty, and staff, while also providing information resources to the community at large. These policies are designed to ensure that library materials are properly accounted for and are available to all patrons on an equitable basis.

These policies apply to all three libraries in the Diné College Library system: Tsaile, Shiprock, and Crownpoint. These policies also apply to the circulation of library materials to students, faculty, and staff at the College's five other Centers: Chinle, Ganado, Kayenta, Tuba City, and Window Rock.

Exceptions to these policies may be granted on a case-by-case basis if need is demonstrated.

Library Cards:

Borrowing privileges are available to students, faculty, and staff of Diné College, and other individuals possessing a library card. All patrons are responsible for what happens with their library cards. Lost or stolen cards need to be reported in a timely manner. Library cards may only be used and reactivated by those to whom they are issued.

Students registered for the current semester at Tsaile, Shiprock, or Tuba City use their Student ID Card as their library card. Students at Crownpoint can obtain a library card at the Crownpoint Library. Students at the other Centers can ask the Center staff to phone the library in Tsaile to request that a library card be sent to the Center for the student. There may be special circumstances, such as a hardware or software failure, when a student will not be able to obtain an ID card. In such cases, a separate library card may be issued.

Faculty and Staff use their Employee ID Card as their library card. There may be special circumstances, such as a hardware or software failure, when a faculty or staff member will not be able to obtain an ID card. In such cases, a separate library card may be issued.

Navajo Nation residents and community patrons 18 and older may receive a library card upon completion of an application and providing proof of identification (driver's license or other picture ID) in person. A library card is required to access computers.

Children under the age of 18 and at least 7 years old can receive a library card after completing an application and securing the signature of their parent or legal guardian. Children must be present with parent or legal guardian to apply for a library card. A Social Security Card for children is required. The parent must have photo identification. A library card is required to access computers.

Library cards for students are valid only for the current semester. Library cards for community patrons are valid for one year. At the end of that year, patrons will be asked to update their contact information before their card will be reactivated for another year.

Library cards are free, as is the second card if the first one is lost or stolen. The third card will cost $5.00, as will each replacement after that. Check with the Circulation Desk at your location for payment options.

Outstanding fines will result in loss of circulation and computer privileges until the finds are paid.

Patron records are kept confidential, thus requiring photo identification or your library card for access to your information.

Loan Periods:

Books can be checked out for a period of 3 weeks with the opportunity for 1 renewal. Faculty and library staff can check out books for 6 weeks with 1 renewal.

Videos/DVDs/CDs - 7 days (for Diné College students/staff/faculty)/no renewals; 5 days (community patrons)/ no renewals.

Materials on reserve for a class may be used according to the loan period determined by the instructor. Some reserve materials may only be used in the library.

Some electronic devices, such as laptops, may be available for check-out. Loan periods vary. Check with your local library.

Reference materials, Gorman Collection, Mary Shepardson Collection, Moses Donner Indian Collection, the non-circulating Shiprock Indian collection, periodicals, newspapers, vertical files, and microfilm/microform do not circulate.

Patrons are encouraged to renew their materials online. Renewing items in person requires a library card or photo identification. Items may not be renewed over the phone or by email.

Item Limits:

Diné College students, faculty, and staff - 18 total, 5 media items included in total.

Community patrons - 10 total, 3 media items included in total

Fees & Fines:

Overdue books - 2 overdue notices will be sent out. After 30 days, a final notice with a replacement fee will be sent. Books will be charged at their actual replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee. If the book is returned in a reasonable amount of time, the replacement cost may be waived. However, the processing fee of $5.00 will stand.

Overdue videos/DVDs/CDs - 1 overdue notice will be sent out. After 10 days a final notice with a replacement fee will be sent. Media will be charged at their actual replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee. If the item is returned in a reasonable amount of time, the replacement cost may be waived. However, the processing fee of $5.00 will stand.

Lost or damaged books or media will be charged at their actual replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee. Lost or damaged cases for media items will be charged $2.00.

All patrons should check with the Circulation Desk at their location for payment options.

Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan involves the borrowing of books or the obtaining of articles from libraries outside the Diné College Library System, usually from one of the public universities in Arizona. Diné College students, faculty, and staff have Interlibrary Loan privileges. Community patrons do not. Interlibrary Loan should only be used for serious research purposes. To borrow a book or obtain a copy of an article that is not accessible in our library system, email the complete citation to Rosi Klee at: rklee@dinecollege.edu. Please also indicate whether or not you would be willing to pay a fee and whether you prefer to be contacted by phone or email.

Right of Refusal:

Diné College Libraries reserve the right to refuse service to patrons who abuse their library privileges by allowing use of their cards by others. Also, patrons who are threatening or use profanity directed at Diné College Library employees will lose library privileges.

All individuals who use Diné College Libraries are expected to be respectful of self and others and maintain a minimal noise level so as not to disturb others.

Any illegal activity taking place in or around the libraries will result in notification of appropriate authorities.

Privacy:

The Diné College Libraries treats all patron information with the utmost confidentiality. Our computer circulation system is programmed to delete all borrowing history after an item is returned.

If there are questions or concerns about any of these policies, please contact the College Librarian.

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Diné College Libraries
http://library.dinecollege.edu
library@dinecollege.edu
(928) 724-6757