Library Policies & Circulation Services
Circulation periods vary according to the type of material and other considerations. Below are general checkout guidelines for each type and policies for overdue or damaged materials.
Most books are available for checkout by students for a two-week period, with renewals possible. Reference books, however, are generally available for use in the Library only, although exceptions can be made if the need arises. Ask at the Circulation Desk.
Most audio materials, CDs, and DVDs are available for overnight checkout by students.
Magazines, journals and newspapers are available to students for use in the Library only. Special exceptions may be made for overnight checkout. Ask at the Circulation Desk.
Please note carefully the return date for borrowed materials. Students with overdue materials cannot borrow anything else from the Library until overdue items are returned or renewed.
Borrowers whose materials are “lost” and cannot be returned will be charged the item’s replacement cost. Any overdue books or unpaid fines at the end of the term will result in the withholding of grades and student transcripts.
Copies of the current semester’s textbooks, class notes, and materials placed “On Reserve” by instructors are located at the Circulation Desk and are available for use only in the Library.
Damaged Library Materials
Marking or underlining in Library books, or any other form of damage to Library materials, is prohibited. Replacement costs will be charged for damaged Library materials.
Photocopying is available for students in the Library. The copier is located in the computer room. All photocopying must be in accordance with COPYRIGHT laws, as posted.
Beacon College maintains cooperative agreements with other area libraries so that our faculty, staff and students may use those facilities and borrow materials from them, subject to certain restrictions. Those libraries include:
- Leesburg Public Library Cooperative Agreement
Located across Main Street, LPL provides access to reference materials and extensive recreational reading/viewing/listening materials. Please check with the Beacon Library staff for information on obtaining a library card. Holdings of the Leesburg Public Library can be searched on the Internet at http://www.ci.leesburg.fl.us/library.
- Lake-Sumter Community College Cooperative Agreement
Located on U. S. Highway 441 east of Leesburg (near the mall), LSCC offers a diverse collection of books, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, and electronic resources. Please check with the Beacon Library staff for more information on LSCC resources and user fees. Holdings of the LSCC Library can be searched on the Internet at https://www.linccweb.org/.
- Florida State University System Cooperative Agreement
Students have the opportunity to apply for library privileges at other libraries, including the State University Systems.
- Interlibrary Loan Services
Interlibrary Loan services, allowing us to borrow materials from a wide range of libraries, are available to faculty, staff and students. Please be aware that there may be a fee from other libraries for this service, and it may take several days or weeks to receive the item requested. Beacon College participates in the Florida Library Network Statewide Ground Delivery System, which allows us to loan and receive items throughout the state via courier service. Currently our pickup and delivery date is Wednesday. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for forms and further information on Interlibrary Loan.
Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Guidelines
It is the policy of the Beacon College Library to provide access to the Internet through terminals located in the Library for the express purpose of providing additional research and academic resources to students, faculty, and staff of the College.
The Library’s Acceptable Use Policy reflects and supports the College’s Technology Equipment Acceptable Use Guidelines, including the Acceptable Use of the Internet.
Librarians and staff offer assistance, guidance, and instruction on the best use of the Internet as a research tool and information source. However, determining the accuracy or authenticity of Internet resources is the ultimate responsibility of the user. Users must recognize that the Internet is an uncontrolled information resource with a highly diverse user group and should be used with discretion. Users shall not hold the College responsible for the Internet’s content.
Users observed violating acceptable use guidelines are instructed to cease the activity immediately. Repeat offenses are reported to the proper college authority.
Patrons using the Internet for personal e-mail, chat rooms, or other recreational purposes may be asked to vacate a workstation to permit access by a student with research or educational needs.
Community residents are referred to the public library.
Acceptable use includes access to support the research, instructional, and information needs of students, faculty, and staff in order to facilitate their intellectual growth and lifelong learning. All use of the Internet in the Library must be in support of education and research.
Examples of Unacceptable Use
Use of the Internet for personal, recreational, political, or commercial purposes.
Downloading to, or installing any file or program on, the hard-drive without prior permission. Violating copyright laws and fair use provisions through inappropriate reproduction or disseminations of copyrighted text, images, or other resources.
Use of any chat, e-mail, or messaging service. Other computers are available in areas adjoining the Library for this purpose.
Game playing from any Internet sites.
Any display of images, sounds, or text which could create an atmosphere of discomfort or harassment for others.
The Library recognizes that defining immoral or unethical uses of the Internet is highly subjective. The Library also recognizes that users may access questionable sites in pursuit of academic projects. Users who access questionable sites must be able to demonstrate a direct link to their research. Any disputed use is referred to the proper College authority.