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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chromebooks are available for use in the library. Laptops are available to NMC students for a three-week loan period, with one renewal if no one else is waiting. The replacement fee for lost laptops is $150. A library card, NMC ID, or driver’s license must be presented to use a Chromebook or laptop.
When finished, laptops/Chromebooks should be returned in person to a library staff member at the service desk.
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.
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 once 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
Fines are applied for overdue or lost items, and fines may also be levied for damaged books. Faculty members are exempt from fines.
- Overdue: $1 per book after an overdue notice has been sent.
- Lost: Published price plus $10 if in print; $25 minimum if out of print.
Privacy OF Library Records
The Osterlin Library staff adheres to the following obligations regarding access to library records:
- The American Library Association's statement regarding the Confidentiality of Library Records,
- The American Library Association's statement regarding the Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information About Library Users, and
- The Michigan Library Privacy Act (PDF).
In all cases, a library record may only be provided to the person identified in that record.
The library generally does not buy textbooks, but textbooks and other course materials may be on reserve at the request of the instructor. Reserve materials are usually for in-library use only. The library will not request textbooks that are required for classes from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.