Library Policies

It is the mission of the Eshleman Library to strengthen and complement the mission and goals of the College, and within that context, to provide services, resources, materials, and expertise that support the curriculum and fulfill the needs of students, faculty, staff, administration, and whenever possible, to make these resources available to the community.

Circulation

  • Lost library card - $5.00 replacement
  • Fines for overdue books
    • Students - $.25/day - $10 maximum
    • Guests - $.25/day - $10 maximum
    • Faculty - No fees charged (Borrowing may be discontinued if there is an excess of overdue items)
  • Fines for reserve & AV items
    • Students - $1.00/day - $10 maximum
    • Faculty - No fees charged (Borrowing may be discontinued if there is an excess of overdue items)
    • 4 hour reserve - $.50/hour
  • Circulation Limits
    • Students may have a maximum of 20 books checked out at one time.
    • Students are limited to 5 books checked out in one subject area.
    • Books are checked out for three weeks and renewals are permitted if not overdue.

Collection Development Policy

  • The Eshleman Library serves as the steward to a large collection of materials in support of the current HFC Curriculum. Please see the full Eshleman Library Collection Development Policy that guides decisions for acquiring, weeding, and accepting materials.

Reference

The HFC Library DOES NOT provide the following professional services:

  • Assistance with academic registration, advising, or counseling.
  • Proofreading research papers or homework assignments, or checking bibliographies.
  • Interpretation of legal, medical, or financial information.
  • Advising or assisting users with forms (i.e. tax, financial aid, etc.).
  • Appraisal of books or other artifacts.
  • Genealogical research, other than standard reference services.

Behavior

It is the policy of the Library to provide an atmosphere conducive to study and to protect College property and facilities.
All students must follow the HFC Student Code of Conduct Policy and Due Process Procedure and keep in mind that We Value a Respectful Campus.

The following behaviors are considered unacceptable, and are not allowed in the library:

  • Disorderly or unruly behavior of any kind, including loud conversations and excessive noise.
  • Playing electronic devices such as radios, cellular phones, CD players, or other devices, without earphones.
  • Damaging library property or materials in any way.
  • Mutilating, defacing, or misusing library facilities, including furniture and equipment.
  • Verbal, visual, or physical harassment of other library patrons or staff.
  • Beverages in containers with twist caps are permitted. Food is prohibited. Damage caused by spilled food and drink may be defined as vandalism.
  • Unauthorized entry to restricted or non-public areas; or to be in library facilities after closing.
  • Removing or attempting to remove library property without proper authorization.
  • Stealing or attempting to steal library property; or knowingly possessing stolen library property.
  • Hiding or “stashing” library property for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  • Repetitive breaking of library rules.
  • Refusing to present identification when requested by library staff or other College employees.
  • Use of wrong restrooms or use of restrooms for bathing.

Campus Attire

Students are expected to use good judgment, good taste, and decency with regard to their selection of dress.
https://www.hfcc.edu/catalog/handbook/policies
In the library, for purposes of safety, this includes wearing shirt and shoes at all times in the building. This includes all students, student workers, faculty and staff.

The Library considers all offenses listed to be serious enough to warrant swift and firm disciplinary actions. Library staff are authorized to:

  • Check books, backpacks, briefcases, or other such items of any person if the alarm rings when they leave the building.
  • Request to see the identification of any person in the Library.
  • Request that any person leave the building.
  • Contact Campus Safety, or local law enforcement.
  • Suspend or deny Library access and services to any person for a limited or unlimited time.
  • Monitor the use of computer workstations to ensure compliance with this and all policies. Misuse or abuse may results in loss of computer privileges, loss of Library privileges, or civil or criminal liability.