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Library: Policies & Mission

Learning Resource Center

General Policies: 

  • To ensure an atmosphere conducive to study, it is expected that students limit conversation and show consideration for others. The first floor is designed for a moderate noise level for collaborative study. The second floor is strictly for QUIET study.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced while in the LRC. Incoming calls need to be taken outside.
  • Small snacks and beverages with closed lids are allowed. The LRC requests no eating at the computers. Patrons are expected to throw away all trash.
  • For-profit services cannot take place in the LRC.
  • Children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under the age of 16 are not to use LRC computers.
  • Visitors are asked to report to the circulation desk.
  • The LRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Please direct all suggestions and concerns to the Director of Library Services.

User Accounts and Circulation Policies:

  • Coastal and UNCW students are required to have a school ID and library barcode to checkout LRC materials. Library barcodes can be obtained by completing an application at the circulation desk.
  • Books and audiobooks circulate for 3 weeks, unless otherwise stated. In fairness to other patrons, book checkout in a series is limited to two volumes in that series at a time. Graphic Novels in a series are limited to four volumes in that series at a time. Exceptions can be made for semester and holiday breaks
    There is no checkout limit for all other books and audiobooks. No overdue fines are charged for books or audiobooks, but patrons are responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items, plus a $10 processing fee for each item. Unpaid charges will prevent additional checkouts, future registration, and receipt of transcripts. 
  • DVDs circulate for 3 days with a maximum of 3 DVDs checked out at a time to currently enrolled Coastal and UNCW students. Longer checkout time is given to DVDs with more than one disk. In fairness to other patrons, DVD checkout in a series is limited to one season/volume at a time. Exceptions can be made for semester and holiday breaks. There is a $1 per day overdue fee for each DVD. After a $30 late fee, the patron is responsible for an additional $10 processing fee and any replacement charge over $30. If a DVD is lost or damaged, patrons are responsible for the replacement cost of the DVD, plus a $10 processing fee and accrued late fees.
  • There are no holds or renewals for LRC DVDs. 
  • Books may be renewed twice if the book is not needed by another patron. Renewals for interlibrary loans are contingent upon the lending library. DVDs are not renewable.
  • Books can be returned at the circulation desk or book drops located at both LRC entrances. We ask that DVDs and audiobooks NOT be put in the book drops. 

Information for Non-Students:

  • Members of the community are welcome to use the library materials and services, excluding interlibrary loans and DVDs. 
  • In order to open a library account for checkout privileges, non-students must present a photo ID with a current address. (utility bill will suffice, if current address is not on photo ID)
  • For computer usage non-students must register in the lab login system at the circulation desk with their driver's license or military ID. 
  • If available, non-students may use LRC study rooms with the understanding that Coastal and UNCW students have priority.
  • Non-students may check out a limit of five books. 
  • Non-students are responsible for adhering to all LRC policies.

Early College Students:

  • Early College students have access to all library services and materials once obtaining a library barcode. We ask that Early College students have their student ID with them while visiting the library. Students may check out a maximum of 5 books at a time. DVDs may be checked out when accompanied by a parent. Early College students are required to use their provided laptops in the library. Early College students are responsible for adhering to all library policies and procedures.

The Learning Resource Center’s purpose in supporting the Mission of the College is to anticipate and support the needs of Coastal’s students, faculty, and staff.  The library  is committed to providing: 

1) an organized and readily accessible collection of up-to-date materials needed to meet institutional, instructional, and individual needs of students, staff, and faculty;

2) an atmosphere conducive to study and research;

3) a staff qualified, concerned, and involved in serving the needs of the students, faculty, and staff;

4) a collection development program that includes print, electronic, and other non-print materials that directly support the academic needs of students;

5) access to the collections of other libraries;

6) instruction in the use of resources to enable users to function in an information-driven society.

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