Access and Borrowing

Access and Borrowing

Articles and Databases

To access articles through the library databases visit the Library Databases list. Before performing a search, you will be prompted to log in using your borrower ID and PIN. An explanation about finding articles in databases can be found in the Find Articles guide. 

You can search for a specific journal, magazine or newspaper in the Journals A-Z list. The library also has print collections of magazines, newspapers and academic journals.

If you're having trouble locating an article, email our librarians at If our libraries don't have access to the article, please submit a request through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. The library will contact you when your article has been located.

Books and eBooks

Seminole State currently has more than 100,000 print books on four campuses, and nearly 50,000 ebooks available online. Books and ebooks are selected for the library collection according to the collection development guidelines

To search for books and ebooks, use the library catalog. For instructions on using the catalog, visit the Find Books & Media guide. eBooks will require you to log in using your borrower ID and PINYou may check out up to 25 print circulating books for three weeks. If there are no holds on a book, you may renew in-person by contacting the library or online through your library account. Books in the reference section cannot leave the library.

If you're having trouble locating a book, email our librarians at If our libraries don't have access to the book, please submit a request through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. The library will contact you when your book has arrived.


Physical Media

Search for music CDs, DVDs and audiobooks using the library catalog. CDs and DVDs can be checked out for up to three days at a time. Audiobooks can be checked out for three weeks at a time and renewed one time in-person or through your library account online.

Some DVDs with a "Faculty" label can only be checked out to Seminole State and UCF faculty. However, students may check out and view the DVDs, as long as they remain in the library.

Streaming Media

To access streaming media, you can search through the library catalog or visit a specific database or website. Databases with media include:


The Altamonte Springs and Sanford/Lake Mary libraries have media viewing stations equipped with Roku players to stream Netflix. Remote controls and headphones are available for checkout at the Information Services Desk. You can view titles currently offered through Netflix on the InstantWatcher website.

Course Reserves

Faculty members may place textbooks and other course materials on reserve for students to access. Reserve items are located behind the Information Services Desk and are organized by course number (e.g., ENC 1101). Typically, items on reserve can be checked out for two hours to use in the library.

Faculty may place an item on reserve by dropping off the Library Course Reserve Form and the materials at one of the campus libraries.

Board Games

Designer and classic board games are available for checkout at the Sanford/Lake Mary library. Games can be borrowed and played for two hours at a time. For a full list and descriptions of the board games available, visit the Board Games in the Library page.


Kindles and Nooks can be checked out for two weeks at a time. eReaders are preloaded with a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles.

Visitors, Alumni and Retirees

Visitors and alumni may use all the library resources while on campus. Borrowing privileges, however, are reserved for Seminole State and UCF faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. Retirees may checkout materials with their Blue & Gold ID Card

UCF Students

Currently enrolled UCF students have full access and borrowing privileges at Seminole State. In addition, Seminole State students have privileges at UCF libraries. For a full list of library services, review Seminole State College/UCF Joint-Use Library Services on the UCF website.

Library Fines and Fees

Fines are assessed on overdue DVDs, computing equipment, study rooms and most course reserve items:

  • DVDs: $3 per day
  • Tablets/laptops/netbooks: $2 per hour
  • Course reserves: $2 per hour
  • Study rooms: $2 per hour

Items that are lost, damaged or 40 days overdue will incur a fee for the replacement cost of the item plus a $10 processing fee. Overdue items may be returned and the replacement and processing fees will be waived if the item is in good condition.

Fines and fees can be paid at one of the Seminole State Cashiering Services offices.

Want more info? Contact us.

Altamonte Springs:
Circulation 407.404.6025
Reference 407.404.6025


Circulation 407.971.5061
Reference 407.971.5062

Sanford/Lake Mary:
Circulation 407.708.2618
Reference 407.708.2305

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