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Policies

Book and Magazine Returns

Books may be returned at the following NMC locations:

  • Osterlin Library front entrance
  • Drive-up box behind the Osterlin Library
  • University Center Zonta Library

Cell Phones

Quiet, non-disruptive use of cell phones is permitted in the library. Please set your phone to silent mode when you come into the library and take extended conversations out to the lobby.

Computer Usage »

Copiers

Black-and-white copy machines are available in the library. Copies are free for NMC students, staff, and faculty, or 10¢ per page for the general public.

Food & Drink

Careful, responsible consumption of food and beverages is permitted. Refreshments are available from the Simply to Go Café, located in the library lobby.

Government Documents »

We house both federal and State of Michigan documents as part of government depository programs. These document are available for check out to the general public and the NMC community.

Intellectual Freedom

The Osterlin Library adheres to the principles outlined in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and the Association of College & Research Libraries' Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.

Laptop Loans

Chromebooks with Google Apps are available to NMC students for a three-week loan period. A library card, NMC ID, or driver’s license must be presented to use a Chromebook. Because of the high demand, overdue fees for Chromebooks are $1.00 per day, capped at the cost of replacement ($300).

Replacement fees for lost/damaged items:

  • Chromebook: $300
  • Power cord: $25
  • Case: $10

Library Cards

NMC students, faculty, staff, and area residents are eligible for library cards. To obtain a library card, bring one form of identification (driver’s license, student ID card, or current NMC student schedule) to the library service desk.

Loan Periods

The loan period for most books and government documents is three weeks. The loan period for magazines and journals is one week. Loans may be renewed twice if there are no other patrons waiting for the items. NMC faculty and staff may check out materials for an entire semester.

Overdue Books and Fines

Replacement charges are applied for lost and damaged items. Overdue fines of $1 per day will be levied for high demand items including textbooks, Chromebooks and mobile hotspots. Faculty members are exempt from fines.

Fines in excess of $10.00 will result in the temporary suspension of library borrowing privileges and placement on academic hold until they are brought current.

Privacy OF Library Records

The Osterlin Library staff adheres to the following obligations regarding access to library records:

In all cases, a library record may only be provided to the person identified in that record.

Textbooks

We strive to have at least one copy of every textbook used in NMC courses. Textbooks are reserved for in-library use and/or available for a one-week loan period. Free photocopying is available for students who need to make a copy of a reading or assignment. Failure to return textbooks by the due date may result in the suspension of textbook borrowing privileges. Search textbooks on reserve »

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