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Borrowing From The Library

Students must have a PCC Library Card (LancerCard ID) and must be registered in a class in the current semester or intersession to check out materials.

Non-students must obtain a library card.  How to Get a Library Card.

Renewing Items:

Most books and media can be renewed 3 times by phone (626) 585-7174, in person at the Circulation Desk during open hours, or your online account. If the item cannot be renewed online or via phone, then you will have to bring the item(s) back to the Library.

Course Reserve Textbooks and Telecourse Videos/DVDs cannot be renewed by phone or online. Please return these items directly to the Circulation Desk on time and speak to a staff member if you need to use these items longer.

Returning Items:

Course Reserves Textbooks, audio cassettes, video recordings, and magazines must be returned in person at the Circulation Desk during open hours. Other material can be returned in a book drop located at the north and south entrances of the Library, one at the northeast corner of Parking Lot No. 5, and Colorado Boulevard in front of the library building. 

Loan Periods:

You are responsible for returning all material that you check out from the Library. You can check your account online to see when your items are due. Library loan periods and overdue fines are as follows:

Item Type Loan Period Overdue Fines Maximum Overdue Fine
Books 14 days $0.25 per day $13.00
1-24 hour Reserve Material varies $1.00 per hour $60.00
2-14 day Reserve Material varies  $5.00 per day $60.00
Telecourse Videos Telecourse Loans $1.00 per hour $60.00
Audio cassettes 14 days $0.25 per day $13.00
Video recordings 3 days $1.00 per day $13.00
Periodicals 1 day $0.25 per day $13.00
Cassette Players  Library Use Only .50 cents per hour $60.00

Overdue and Lost Items:

The Library charges overdue fines for materials that are returned late. Once you have reached $5.00 in overdue fines, you will be blocked from borrowing items from the Library until you pay your fine. If you lose or damage a book, you are obligated to pay our replacement cost for the item plus a $10.00 processing fee. Please contact a Circulation Desk supervisor at (626) 585-7174 if you have lost any Library materials.

Loan Maximums:

     Magazines:  5

     A/V Materials: 3

     Total Items: 25

Placing a Hold on an Item:

A hold ensures that you are the next person to get an item that is currently checked out.  Items that are not checked out can be placed on hold, and will become available for check-out at the Circulation Desk within 1 business day.

You can ask for a hold to be placed on an item at the Circulation Desk over the phone (626) 585-7174, or online via the Library Catalog.  To place a hold in the Library Catalog, you must click “Make a Request” and log in to your Library Account (for help in setting up your account please go to our Library Account Login instruction page.

When your item is ready, a Library Staff member will call you and an email will be sent to the current email address you have in your LancerPoint Account.  The item will be held for you to pick up for 7 business days.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements:

PCC Students with a valid LancerCard and current registration print out can obtain a library card and check books out from the Cal State LA (CSULA) and Glendale Community College (GCC). CSULA and GCC students must show student ID at the Circulation Desk for a public patron card.

Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff have the same borrowing rules as students, but are not charged overdue fines and have a loan period of 6 weeks for general collection items. You will need your PCC LancerCard with you in order to check out materials. If an item is lost or damaged, you are obligated to pay our replacement cost for the item plus a $10.00 processing fee. See Services for Faculty and Staff for more information.