Library Policies

Borrowing Guidelines

  • Regular books are available for 3 weeks.
  • DVDs are available for 1 week, limit 3 per person.
  • CDs are available for 3 weeks, limit 3 per person.
  • Reserve materials are available for 2 hour student use in the library.
  • Chromebooks are available for 2 hour student use in the library.
  • Group student rooms are available for 2 hour use; priority access given to currently enrolled students and to groups of 2 or more.
  • Max. 20 items total can be checked out per person at a time.
  • Items can be renewed up to 3 times as long as there are no holds on the item.
  • Renewals can be made in person or by phone.
  • Limit 3 items for first-time community borrowers. Community members can apply for borrowing at the library front desk.
  • Databases can be accessed in the library by anyone; remote access is limited to currently enrolled students.
  • Public computers are open to all; priority access is given to currently enrolled students. All computer use is subject to Board Policy 7.21 Student and Public Technology Use.
  • Outside book dropbox available 24 hours/7 days a week.
  • See guidelines and fines for quarterly textbooks


Fines and Fees

  • Overdue books and media items from the regular collection are charged 10 cents per day, $10 max.
  • Overdue reserve items, group study rooms, and Chromebooks are charged $1 per hour, $100 max.
  • Lost or damaged items are charged the retail value of the item per replacement fee. Library users can provide a copy in good condition to waive the replacement fee.
  • Borrowing privileges are revoked to any library user with $20 or more in fines. Overdue materials can also result in a hold on registration and transcripts.
  • Fines can be paid (partially or in full) with the Bursar at the One-Stop Office located in the Main Building Commons.
  • Printing and photocopying is 10 cents per page, no color printing available. Scanning to email or USB is free of charge.

LTCC Library Standards of Conduct

The LTCC Catalog section under "Student Rights and Responsibilities" describes general Standards of Conduct. In the library, these standards have been clarified to ensure an environment that is conducive to study, research, and collaboration.  

Students and patrons are expected to respect the rights of others and their use of the library. They are to avoid engaging in any behaviors that: 1) disrupt or interfere with library operations or other users, 2) create risk or injury to self or others, and 3) damage library property. 

Expectations of library users include, but are not limited to:

  • Respect library materials and property.
  • Respect the rights of other users, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations.
  • Refrain from excessive talking or high noise levels.
  • Respect the personal space of other students and patrons.
  • All service animals must be leashed and are not allowed on furniture.
  • Bicycles, skateboards and other personal transportation devices must remain outside of the library.
  • Refrain from attending to personal hygiene that disrupts the learning environment.
  • Clothing, including shoes and shirts, is required in the library.
  • Respect posted closing times.
  • Snacks and drinks are allowed if those items are consumed responsibly and in consideration of library property and other library users.
  • Children under the age of 13 should not be left in the library unattended.

Staff will provide a warning to anyone whose behavior is deemed disruptive. The continuation of such behavior, subsequent to such notification, will result in loss of library privileges as well as referral to college administration. Thank you for helping us provide a pleasant library environment for all.

LTCC Library Collection Development Policy

The Library & Learning Services is committed to providing quality educational resources and services in support of student learning and research needs. This collection development policy guides the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of library materials.

Pursuant to Board Policy 4040, Education Code 78100, and ACCJC Accreditation Standard II, the Library is responsible for selecting and managing educational materials in support of student learning and success. Relevance to the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College is the guiding principle in the selection process. The Library selects and deselects resources based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the curriculum; quality and accuracy; currency and timeliness; format and accessibility; representation of subject matter in the collection; significance within a field of study; suitability of the work for undergraduates; and/or lasting value and potential usefulness.
  2. Requests by LTCC faculty for resources that support current College curriculum, certificates, and programs. Non-instructional purchasing requests must meet selection criteria noted elsewhere in this policy.
  3. Budgetary constraints, cost of item, and potential cost of maintenance.
  4. Special criteria apply to the following categories:
  1. Donated materials - see section below.
  2. Popular fiction and children’s books must meet selection criteria noted elsewhere in this policy. No attempt is made to have an exhaustive collection of best sellers, or to duplicate the collection available at the public library.
  3. Media: all newly acquired media in any format must be closed-captioned.
  4. Periodicals and electronic resources: The Library has an extensive selection of full-text periodicals, ebooks, and other resources available through the California Community College Library Consortium. Close consideration is required for ongoing subscriptions to print or electronic periodicals not already available via the consortium.
  5. Textbooks must be in use by an LTCC class.
    1. The library may purchase a single copy of high demand texts to be placed on reserve. Faculty are welcome to place their own copies on reserve for use in a given quarter.
    2. Multiple copies may be purchased with non-Library funds, or donated, for the quarterly textbook program.
  6. Archives are not maintained except, at the determination of the Library, they have historical value for LTCC and are not readily accessible elsewhere. 

Gifts of Donated Materials
The Library welcomes donated materials that support the teaching, research, and general needs of the College community. The Library reserves the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to the use of donated items.

Materials found to be suitable for the collection are cataloged and placed in the appropriate Library collection for use by the campus community. The Library may offer materials that are not suitable for the collection to other academic or public libraries, trade items for materials the Library can use, place the items in the Library's book sale, recycle or discard them. Librarians and staff cannot assign a tax value to donations. If a receipt is needed for tax purposes, the donor should contact the LTCC Foundation.

Library Bill of Rights

The Library upholds the principles of the Library Bill of Rights created by the American Library Association. The Bill of Rights affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the certain basic principles should guide their services:

Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Intellectual Freedom

Some materials may present topics, perspectives, or viewpoints considered controversial by certain groups or individuals. Any individual or group questioning the appropriateness of materials in the collection should direct its question in writing to the Library Director (One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150) who will consult with LTCC administration as appropriate and prepare a written response.

Collection Maintenance
LTCC librarians are responsible for managing the collection in accordance with the criteria stated in this policy. The Library director is responsible for final determination of acquisitions and deselections.

In order to maintain a relevant and up-to-date collection, the Library periodically evaluates sections of the collection to identify items to withdraw. Items are withdrawn due to condition, lack of use, or because they contain outdated or incorrect information. Items may be replaced, either by a new copy or edition of the same work, or by another more recent work that is similar. Replacement is determined on a case-by-case basis. When subjects are no longer relevant to the curriculum they are not replaced.

Revision and Review
This and other library policies shall be reviewed as needed in order to stay current with the changing needs of the college and the rapid transformation of delivery methods for information resources.