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Resources and Borrowing

Loans and Renewals

You can check materials out and renew them according to the following guidelines:

  • Books: three weeks, one renewal
  • Kindles/Nooks: two weeks, no renewals
  • CD/Audio books: three weeks, one renewal
  • DVDs, Music CDs: three days; no renewals
  • DVDs labeled "faculty": non-circulating to students
  • Journals/magazines: non-circulating
  • Course reserves: as specified on item shelved at Information Services Desk
  • Reference books: non-circulating

Books

All books in our circulating collection may be checked out for a period of three weeks at a time. Renewals will be granted in person or by telephone at any campus library, as long as the item is not overdue and has not been requested by another library user. There is no limit to the number of circulating items users may check out, as long as the user's library account is in good standing and there are no holds placed for the item(s) by another user.

Electronic Resources

Thousands of e-books are available electronically through Seminole State's online library catalog. Several databases are also available to provide access to journal, magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of topics. Electronic resources may be accessed at any time, from any computer, as long as the user has an active Seminole State ID.

Library Login

The library's online catalog and database search tools can be used to review the library's collection. Recent changes have transformed the way users log in to electronic resources. Visit the library login page for instructions on accessing these tools.

E-Readers

The library has Kindle and Nook e-readers available to students, faculty and staff for a two-week loan period. E-readers are considered an extension of the library's collection and are preloaded with hundreds of book titles. Most titles are added in support of the curriculum or required readings and some are popular enough to have a waiting list. For more information and a list of available titles, please visit the e-readers page.

Media

Students, faculty and staff may borrow up to three music CDs at a time, for a period of three days. Audiobooks may be borrowed for a period of three weeks. Music CDs and audiobooks may be renewed, as long as the user's library account is in good standing and there are no holds placed for the item(s) by another user.

Many DVDs in the library's collection may be checked out for a period of three days with no renewals. Those that cannot be checked out are marked with a "Faculty" sticker. These DVDs, as well as VHS tapes, may be viewed by students and visitors in the library.

Netflix selections, streamed via Roku player, are available at the A/V viewing stations in the Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary Campus libraries. These selections are intended to serve as an extension of the library's collection and may be viewed by faculty and students to create or complete assignments. Recreational use of Netflix is secondary.

Miscellaneous Equipment

Laptops, headphones, external drives and SD cards may be borrowed for in-library use at the Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Sanford/Lake Mary Campus libraries. These items may be checked out for up to two hours at a time.

Dry erase markers and erasers may be borrowed from the Information Services Desk for use on the whiteboards in the library's group study rooms.

Video cameras may be checked out at the Oviedo Campus by students currently enrolled in TV production courses at Seminole State. The loan period for this type of equipment is two days.

Photography cameras are available at the Heathrow Campus for students enrolled in digital media and photography courses. They may be checked out for a period of seven days and may be renewed once on the due date in person or by telephone.

Periodicals Collection

Each campus library provides access to hundreds of print periodicals as well as 137 databases that contain hundreds of thousands of full-text articles. Print periodicals, such as journals, magazines and newspapers, may not be checked out from the library; however, the College's online databases provide electronic access to many of the same titles.

Users may photocopy or print materials in the library during regular operating hours. To do so, they must add money to their Seminole State ID Card at one of the College's Automatic Deposit Machines. Users may also download database articles and forward them to their email accounts for future use.

Reference Materials

Reference materials must remain available to all library users. Therefore, they may not be checked out. Reference books are marked as such and shelved separately from the circulating collection. They are also available in the e-book collection.

Users may photocopy reference materials in the library during regular operating hours. To do so, they must add money to their Seminole State ID Card at one of the College's Automatic Deposit Machines.

Reserves Collection

Many Seminole State professors place course materials on reserve for their students. These materials may belong to the library, or they may come from the instructor's personal collection. Reserve materials are kept at the Information Services Desk at the instructor's specified campus library. To access these resources, students must present their Seminole State ID Card to the desk staff and request the item(s) by course name/number. Most reserve materials are intended for library use only and are available in two-hour increments. Loan terms may vary by course or material type and are dependent on professors' instructions.

Visitors and Alumni

Visitors and alumni may use all library resources while in the Seminole State Library. Borrowing privileges, however, are reserved for faculty, staff and currently enrolled Seminole State and University of Central Florida students. Guest print cards may be purchased for use with photocopiers and printers.

Library Fines/Lost Materials

Fines are not charged for books that are returned past the due date. However, student and faculty borrowers are strongly encouraged to return all library materials on time in order to give other users access to them. Staff will provide a courtesy call and a notice will be sent when the item is 45 days overdue. Materials that are not returned in a timely manner will be considered lost and the full amount of the item, along with a processing fee, will be assessed of any borrower. Students will not be able to register for classes or graduate from Seminole State until all lost items are paid for. Faculty will be restricted from borrowing items until those that are overdue are returned. Payment for a lost item is nonrefundable, even if the item is later found.

  • Exception: Late fee fines will be assessed on Netbooks and reserved materials kept longer than their two hour in-library loan period
  • Exception: Late fee fines will be assessed on e-reader (Kindle or Nook) and DVDs kept longer than their due date.
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