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Library Policies

Terra State Community College's Library Zone offers patrons a welcoming environment for studying and relaxing. To help us maintain this friendly atmosphere and our collection, we ask that you follow the policies listed below and show courtesy to others when using the library.


Cell Phones
Computers
Copyright
Disruptive Behavior
Food, Drink, and Tobacco
Gifts and Donations
Laptop Computers and Wireless Internet
Lost and Found
Noise
Personal Property 
Photocopying
 


  

Cell Phones

All cell phone ringtones must be silenced or set to vibrate within the Terra State Community College Library Zone. Please take all phone calls outside of the library. Cell phones may, however, be used beyond the library doors in the atrium of the General Technologies Building (Building B). We reserve the right to ask anyone whose phone use is disrupting others to leave the library.

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Computers

Library computers are provided to conduct research, access academic resources, and communicate with others in support of the College’s educational mission. Students, faculty, staff, public patrons, and campus visitors are expected to use computers in an ethical, legal, and responsible manner. By logging onto one of the Library’s computers, users acknowledge that they have read and agreed to uphold the Terra State Community College Acceptable Use Policy.

Any violation of college policy or local/state/federal laws, alterations of computer or network settings, promotion of commercial activity, activities intended to harm or distress others, and those activities that are obscene or malicious in nature are prohibited. Access to the library’s computers is a privilege, not a right. Violations may result in loss of this privilege and/or disciplinary action.

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Copyright

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish, on request, a (one) photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for and/or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "Fair Use" the user may be liable for copyright infringement. Terra State Community College reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying request if fulfillment of the request would involve violation of the copyright law.

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Disruptive Behavior

In order to preserve an environment that is favorable for studying and relaxing, the Terra State Community College Library Zone staff reserves the right to ask anyone who is exhibiting disruptive behavior to leave. You may report disruptive behavior to at the Circulation Desk.

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Food, Drink, and Tobacco

Food and drinks are allowed within the Terra State Community College Library Zone, but must be in containers with a cap or lid to help prevent accidental spills. This policy has been set in place to preserve a clean, pest-free library and to prevent damage to materials, computers, and other equipment.

The use of tobacco is prohibited within all Terra State Community College buildings and smoking is prohibited within 30 feet of all doors and windows on campus.

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Gifts and Donations

Anyone wishing to donate materials to the Terra State Community College Library Zone is asked to speak with the Librarian to discuss the nature of the proposed materials and the needs of the collection. The library staff will then decide whether each item is suitable for adding to the collection.

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Laptop Computers and Wireless Internet

Laptop computers are welcome and may be used within the Terra State Community College Library Zone. Please do not leave any laptops unattended! The library cannot be held responsible if a laptop is lost, damaged, or stolen. The library staff asks that you keep all laptop sound settings turned off or low, and encourages the use of headphones when listening to music or watching videos with sound. Headphones may be borrowed from the library's Circulation Desk, though it is recommended that you supply your own.    

Wireless access is available in all public areas of campus, including the library. To connect: select the “Terra Wireless” network and open a web browser to log in with your Terra credentials. Visitor and guest access is also available.

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Lost and Found

All items that are found within the Terra State Community College Library Zone will be sent to the Security Office located in B105 of the General Technologies Building (Building B). To locate or retrieve lost items, please contact them at 419.559.2253.

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Noise

Terra State Community College Library Zone provides a place for students to study on their own or within a group, therefore it is not a strictly quiet area. Conversations are welcome as long as they do not disturb others working within the library. Large work tables are available for collaborative studying and quieter study carrels, desks, and chairs are available along the east wall behind the stacks for individuals seeking greater solitude.  

Please consider those working around you when using the library. Silence or set to vibrate all ringtones on cell phones and turn down the volume on all other devices. The library staff asks that you use headphones when listening to music or watching videos with sound. Headphones may be borrowed from the library's Circulation Desk, though it is recommended that you supply your own.

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Personal Property

The Terra State Community College Library Zone is not responsible for any personal property left unattended within the library. Please keep all backpacks, cell phones, and other valuables with you at all times to prevent theft and damage. If personal property is found unattended within the library, it will be given to the Security Office located in B105 of the General Technologies Building (Building B).

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Photocopying

Some items in the Terra State Community College Library Zone may not be checked out due to the reference nature of the items. For these items a copy machine is provided. You will need your Terra State Community College ID card to use the copy machine located within the Library near the entrance.

A second copy machine is located on the third floor of the General Technologies Building (building B), in the Atrium, outside B304 next to the Virtual Cash Acceptor Machine.

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