Library Policies

“The mission and vision of the California Community Colleges
is simple: putting students first.”
- California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • The lending of all materials is reserved for currently enrolled students. 
  • The check-out period for most books is 3 weeks.
  • Reserve materials, including Chromebooks, are available for 2-hour student use in the library.
  • Group study rooms are available for 2-hour student use; priority access given to groups of 2 or more. 
  • A maximum of 20 items can be checked out per person at a time.
  • Library materials can be returned to the outside book drop (available 24 hours/7 days a week) or inside the library.
  • See guidelines for quarterly materials.  
  • Items from the general collection can be renewed up to 3 times if they have not been placed on hold by another user.
  • There are three ways to renew checked-out items:
    • Online through LTCC OneSearch
    • By phone at (530) 541-4660 x232
    • At the library desk with your student ID. You don't need to have the books with you.
  • Renewal of reserve materials, including Chromebooks, is permitted on a case-by-case basis when supply allows.
  • Quarterly textbooks are typically not renewable. Contact the library for instructions if you need the same books for an additional quarter. 
  • Lost or damaged items are charged the retail value of the item. 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.


“We at Lake Tahoe Community College believe: Students come first.” 
- Lake Tahoe Community College 


Library Code of Conduct

The Library offers a rich educational environment to support student learning with services and spaces conducive to research, study, and collaboration. Learning thrives in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, and open-minded inquiry. Use of library spaces and resources is a privilege, and all are expected to help create an atmosphere consistent with the student-first mission and values of Lake Tahoe Community College. 

All LTCC Library users are expected to follow the guidelines established in LTCC’s Student Conduct Standards. Additional expectations of library users include, but are not limited to:

  • Respect library staff, materials, and property.
  • Respect the rights and personal space of other library users.
  • Academic dialogue related to teaching, learning, and library services is encouraged. Disruptive noise, such as personal phone conversations and audible headphones, is not. Please consider that others around you are working on their own projects.
  • Verbal abuse, threats of violence, or harassment of other users and library staff, is prohibited.
  • Snacks and drinks are allowed if those items are consumed responsibly and in consideration of library property and other library users. Leave no trace!
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended. The library is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property. If it’s valuable to you, it’s valuable to others.  
  • Groups of 2 or more students are given priority access to study rooms over individuals. In general, lights should be on and doors closed in study rooms.
  • Personal hygiene should not interfere with others’ ability to enjoy and utilize library resources, e.g., pervasive body odor, excessive perfume or fragrance.
  • Children under the age of 13 should not be left in the library unattended.
  • Respect closing times and other requests of library staff in their operation of the facility.
  • Observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations.
Staff will provide a warning to anyone whose behavior does not align with the Library Code of Conduct and LTCC’s Student Conduct Standards. The continuation of such behavior, subsequent to notification, will result in the filing of an incident report, notification of campus security, loss of library privileges, referral to college administration and/or law enforcement. 


"Each community college district shall provide library services
for the students and faculty of the district."
- California Education Code § 78100

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Budgetary constraints, cost of item, and potential cost of maintenance.

Special criteria apply to the following categories:

  • Donated materials - see section below.
  • 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.
  • Media: all newly acquired media in any format must be closed-captioned.
  • 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.
  • Textbooks must be in use by an LTCC class.
    • 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.
    • Multiple copies may be purchased with non-Library funds, or donated, for the quarterly textbook program.
  • Archives are not maintained except, at the determination of the Library, they have historical value for LTCC and are not readily accessible elsewhere. 

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.

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.

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.

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 de-selections.

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.

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.


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“Focus relentlessly on students’ end goals.”
“Always design and decide with the student in mind.” 
- from the California Community Colleges core commitments