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Library Policies

COVID-19 Update

The library is open to NMC students and employees. Remote services are still available.

The policies below may be superseded by COVID-related restrictions and modifications.

For more details, check out our Library COVID-19 Service FAQ and the NMC Coronavirus Information Hub.

Circulation & Borrowing

  • How To Get A Library Card

    • NMC and University Center students, faculty and staff: Bring your NMC ID card to the library service desk to activate your library card. If you don’t have an NMC ID card, bring a photo ID.
    • Public patrons: Community members are welcome to get a library card and borrow items. Bring a picture ID to the library service desk to get registered for a card.
  • Borrowing Books & Periodicals


      Periodicals (Magazines/Journals) 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 2
      Books (including. New Books) 1 semester 3 weeks 3 weeks 2
      Leisure Books 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 2
      Picture Books 7 days 7 days 7 days 2
    • MeLCat Materials: MeLCat books can be checked out for 4 weeks, with one optional renewal; media can be checked out for 2 or 4 weeks depending on the originating lending library's policy.
    • Newspapers and Reference Books: These are for library use only, and cannot be checked out.
    • Fines: We do not charge overdue fines for any of the above items. Patrons are still responsible for replacement costs for lost items. Overdue items are considered lost 4 weeks past the due date. Fines in excess of $10.00 will result in the temporary suspension of library borrowing privileges and placement on academic hold.
    • Holds: If the item you want is unavailable, we encourage you to place a hold. Once fulfilled, requests are held at the service desk for up to 10 days.
  • Borrowing Textbooks & Technology

    • Textbook & Equipment Loan Periods

      Calculators 4 hours
      Phone chargers 2 hours
      Closed Reserve Textbooks 2 hours (some exceptions)
      Open Reserve Textbooks 7 days (some exceptions)
      Chromebooks 3 weeks
      WiFi Hotspots 3 weeks
    • Borrowing privileges: Due to high demand, textbooks and technology equipment are reserved for NMC student use.
    • Renewals: Renewals are permitted as long as no other students are waiting. Renewals for high-demand items must be made in person at the library service desk.
    • Fines: Overdue fines for high-demand items accrue at a rate of $1 per day, up to the cost of replacement. Fines in excess of $10.00 will result in the temporary suspension of library borrowing privileges and placement on academic hold.
    • Due to high demand, textbooks and technology equipment are reserved for NMC student use.
      Chromebook $300
      Chromebook power cord $25
      Chromebook case $300
      WiFi Hotspot $30
      Textbook Cost of book
  • Returning Library Materials

    • Books may be returned at the following NMC locations:
    • NMC Library Circulation Desk (West Hall Innovation Center, 2nd Floor)
    • Blue library drop box in the Birch lot behind the Osterlin Building
    • Library equipment, such as Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots, should not be put in drop boxes. please return these items to the library service desk in person.

Computing & Printing

  • Library Computers

    • Library computers are provided primarily for the purpose of student coursework, research and communications at NMC. Community patrons may use library computers to access our databases, search the catalog or for personal use. However, librarians will prioritize computer access for NMC students’ coursework during times of high demand.
    • Software cannot be downloaded or installed to library computers. Plan to save files to external hardware, NMC network storage or the cloud, as any files saved to the computer’s hard drive will be removed at the end of your session.
    • All users must comply with NMC's Computer and Network Acceptable Use policy.
  • Wireless Internet Access

  • Printing, Copying & Scanning

    • Black-and-white copy machines and black-and-white/color printers are available in the library. Printing is free for NMC students, staff and faculty. Public users can print or make copies in black-and-white for 10¢ per page, 25¢ per page for color.
    • Email-to-Print is enabled on library printers to print directly from laptops, phones and other devices.
  • Faxing

Acceptable Use Of Facilities & Equipment

  • Cell Phones

    • Quiet, non-disruptive use of cell phones is permitted in the library. Please use your phone discreetly and take extended conversations to the lobby on the building’s first floor.
  • Food & Drink

    • Careful, responsible consumption of food and beverages is permitted.

Intellectual Freedom & Privacy Of Records