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About the Library

Information about library hours, locations, contact, policies, etc.

Using the Library (Policies and Services)

Below are some of the Library's policies and services available to library users. If you have any questions, please Contact Us or submit your question to our Ask a Librarian service.

Please note, some services may be unavailable or altered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the library if you have any questions or refer to our COVID update page.


Who Can Borrow?

Materials may be borrowed by:

  • Currently registered students. Students use their Spartanburg Community College (SCC) ID for check out of library materials.
  • Currently employed faculty/staff. Employees use their Spartanburg Community College (SCC) ID for check out of library materials.
  • Students enrolled in other colleges that SCC has an agreement with, either individually or through a consortium such as PASCAL. A current student ID from home institution is required each time materials are borrowed.

The following user groups are eligible for a Community Patron Card, issued by the SCC Library, and able to borrow library materials following library policies for community patrons. In all cases, a current SC Drivers’ License or state-issued ID is needed for identification. In addition, community patrons must be at least 18 years old.

  • Community residents from the SCC service area (Spartanburg, Cherokee, or Union counties).
  • Representatives from the local business/industry community.
  • Former SCC students and employees.
Library Community Patron Card Holders:  

A SCC Library Community Patron card is needed to check out materials or have limited access to library computers. Cards are good for one year, and can be renewed with confirmation of patron’s ID, continuing eligibility, and updating of information. They should bring the card on every visit to the SCC Library to access library resources. Community patrons who do not follow library policies or abuse privileges will have their card and privileges revoked.

Borrowing Materials:

All borrowers of library material must be a registered patron in the library database. Materials are checked out, requested, renewed, fined, etc. based on the user group of the patron (student, employee, etc.). In order to borrow materials or use library services, patrons should also be in good standing (no overdue items, no fines/fees, account not restricted, etc.). See sections below or ask a library staff member for more details.

How Long & How Much Can I Borrow?

Loan Limits: Borrowers are limited in the number of items they can check out based on their user group.  

  •     Employees are unlimited in the number of items they can check out.
  •     Students are limited to 15 items.
  •     Community patrons/alumni are limited to 5 items.

Loan Periods: shown in the table below.

  Students Faculty/Staff Community Patrons/Alumni
Books 21 days Semester (End of Term) 21 days
Videos (DVD, VHS) 7 days 14 days 7 days
Other AV/Media (CDs, CD-ROMs, Books on CD/Tape) 14 days Semester (End of Terms) 7 days
Periodicals (Newspapers, Magazines, Journals) In-house 14 days In-house
Reference In -house In-house* In-house
Reserves (2 Hours) 2 hours, In House 2 Hours, In House* 2 Hours, In House
Reserves (3 days) 3 days 3 days 2 Hours, In House
Reserves (14 days) 14 days 14 days 2 Hours, In House
Equipment 2 hours, In House 2 Hours, In House n/a
Electronic Equipment 7 days 14 days n/a

*Note – Faculty/Staff may check out Reference or Reserve material overnight with the approval of a Librarian. 

Overdue Fines & Lost Items Fees

Overdue fines (late fees) are currently charged only to Community Patrons (excepting former SCC students/employees). Current and former SCC employees and students are not charged overdue fines. However, all users (except current SCC employees) will be charged a "lost item replacement fee" if overdue items are not returned, in addition to their library/college account being blocked.

Paying a Fine/Fee: If your account has been charged an overdue fine or lost item fee, please visit one of our library locations to pay with cash or check (please note, we do not accept credit/debit cards).

  Fine (Max Fine) Grace Period Lost Item Replacement Fee (Students  & Community Patron Card Holders)
Books 5 cents/day (max $5/item) 3 days $55
Videos (DVD, VHS) 5 cents/day (max $5/item) 3 days $55
Other AV/Media (CDs, CD-ROMs, Books on CD/Tape) 5 cents/day (max $5/item) 3 days $55
Periodicals (Newspapers, Magazines, Journals) n/a n/a n/a
Reference n/a n/a n/a
Reserves (2 Hours) n/a n/a $55
Reserves (3 days) n/a n/a $55
Reserves (14 days) n/a n/a $55
Equipment n/a n/a $10
Electronic Equipment n/a n/a $20 or price of item if more expensive *ask staff

Renewals

Generally, patrons can renew items in-person, by phone or online via the Library Catalog. Most items can be renewed 2 times. Patrons can not renew items that are overdue, have an assumed lost status or items that have reached the maximum renewal limit. Some items cannot be renewed. For specific questions or help renewing an item, Contact the Library.

Library Collection

The Library's collection supports the academic and personal needs of SCC students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the local business community. Our Library Catalog, contains a listing of all the materials in our library. We also have numerous electronic resources available on our Find Articles Page.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (requesting materials from another library) services are provided to SCC faculty, staff, and students in good standing (no overdues, not on restriction, etc.).

Visit our Interlibrary Loan page to find out more about submitting your request.

Library Instruction

Library instruction is available upon request for in-person and online classes, day or evening classes, at all locations, or one-on-one sessions with individual students, depending on librarian and computer lab availability. Please make requests early so that we can make sure we can accommodate your class. Visit our Library Instruction page for more information.

Reference Services / Research Assistance

Reference services are provided in person or over the phone at each of our locations (check each location's hours and contact information), and via our Ask a Librarian service.

Reserve Collection

Upon an instructor's request, physical materials can be placed in the Reserve Collection at the circulation desk of any location for use by a course. The item may be from an instructor's personal collection (which would be returned after the reserve period is over) or may be an item from the SCC Library location. Reserve material can be "Library Use Only" or have a short circulation period of 3 days or in rare instances, 14 days. To put an item on reserve, please Contact Us or send your request to our Ask a Librarian service.

Study Rooms

Please visit our page on Study Rooms and review the Study Room Rules for more information.

Library Computer and Internet Use

Computer resources and Internet access are made available in the library to support the goals of the College. Usage of these resources follows IT Procedures III-102.3 and III-102.4 and apply to faculty, staff, students, community patrons, and public access.

1. General Use: All computer and Internet resources of Spartanburg Community College are to be used solely for legitimate and authorized academic, instructional, research, administrative, and public services purposes. Misuse will cause a user's access to be revoked. Faculty and staff who abuse the system will be referred to college disciplinary policies as outlined in the personnel procedures of the College. Students will be referred to college disciplinary policies as outlined in The Student Code. Community patrons and public users will have all library privileges revoked.

2. Software: Users may not use or install unauthorized copies of software on library computers. Unauthorized use of software is regarded as a serious matter and any such use is without the College's consent.

3. Personal Responsibility: Users have a responsibility to be aware of materials that may be objectionable to others when using computer facilities in a public space like the library. Monitors, printers and personal electronic devices in public areas should not be used in public areas to display or print materials that might be defined as harassing or obscene. Users should not assume that computer use is private.

4. Limitations on use: Users also have a responsibility to be aware of the limited nature of computer and Internet resources in a library environment. Computer and Internet access may be limited by Library staff at any time without notice. During times of peak usage, students, faculty and staff will be given priority of public and community users.