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.


Copying machines are available; cost is 10¢ per page.


Careful, responsible consumption of food and beverages is permitted in the library.

Government Documents

We offer the general public free access to online Federal Government information as provided through the Federal Depository Library Program.

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. The Library is open to use by all members of the public including minors; however, our primary obligation is to meet the needs of the students, staff and faculty of Northwestern Michigan College.

Laptop Loans

Laptops are available for use in the library. A library card, NMC ID, or driver’s license must be presented in order to check out a laptop. When finished, laptops should be returned in person to a library staff member at the service desk.

Loan Periods

The loan period on most books and government documents is three weeks. The load period for most magazines is one week. NMC students, area adults and local high school students may renew their loans for an additional three weeks provided no other library patrons have placed a hold on any items. If a hold has been placed, the item must be returned at the end of the loan period. NMC faculty 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:

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 the staff asks faculty to place copies of texts for their classes on reserve. Check the reserve list here, or call or text the library to find out if your textbook is available for in-library checkout.

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