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Circulation Policy - Community Borrowers

Who May Borrow
1. Residents of Rowan, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell and Stanly counties may borrow library materials or access the public computers. Community Borrowers who borrow library materials or use the public computers must be 16 years old, with a valid I.D. (a driver.s license is preferred). Parents who are registered library borrowers at this library may borrow for children under 16 years old. Parents checking out materials for younger children are responsible for the items.
2. CAEC (Charlotte Area Education Consortium) faculty from colleges who participate in the Consortium have borrowing privileges. Faculty from other colleges can get a CAEC card from their college library, which will allow them Community Borrower equivalent borrowing privileges at our library for the academic year (9 months). A new card is needed for faculty to be able to borrow during summer months. There is information about the CAEC at the Circ Desk. Additional information and the list of participating colleges can also be found at
3. Persons who are members of the library's Friend of the Library Program. See the Friends of the Library policy.
Registered community borrowers may borrow up to 6 books, i.e. a person may have only 6 books out at any given time. The loan period for books is 30 days, with one sequential renewal. Renewals can be requested in person or via telephone.
Community borrowers with $5.00 or more in fines and/or fees will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the fines and/or fees are paid.
Interlibrary Loan and Items on Reserve
Community Borrowers must request Interlibrary Loans from the Rowan Public Library. Classroom reserve items are restricted to Catawba College students and faculty only.
In-Library Resources
Reference materials, some permanent reserve items, periodicals, federal and state documents, newspapers, microfiche and microfilm, computer software, VHS tapes, DVDs (except SGA DVDs, which are for student use), CDs, and items from the special collections may not be checked out, but may be used within the library.
Recalls on Checked Out Items
If an item that has been checked out is needed for Reserves, a recall may be issued, and the item must be returned to the library within 2 days.
On the 3rd day, fines begin accruing at the rate of $1.00 per day.
Returning Items
All materials are to be returned to the book return slot at the Circulation Desk. When the library is closed, materials may be returned to the Book drop chute located on the wall near the entrance to the Library.
Fines and Fees
The library charges fines for overdue books and fees for lost or damanged books. The person who signs the registration card is responsible for all fines/fees.
Overdue Books
Overdue fines are $0.10 per book per day, up to a maximum of $5.00 per book.
Overdue fines for books that have been recalled are $1.00 per book per day, up to a maximum of $10 per book.
Borrowing privileges will be suspended for persons who have outstanding charges for fines/fees. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive such a notice is not grounds for nonpayment of fines/fees.
Lost or Damaged Books
The replacement fee for a book is as follows:
Replacement cost of material ($25.00 minimum)
+ a non-refundable $25.00 processing fee
+any accrued fine at the time the item was reported lost or damaged
The library will not accept a new copy of a lost or damaged book purchased by patrons in lieu of the replacement fee.
Patrons should report a loss immediately to avoid the accrual of overdue charges. If the item is found and returned undamaged to the Library within three months, the replacement cost only will be refunded.
Persons not affiliated with Catawba College must be registered as Community Borrowers in order to use the public workstations, with the following exceptions:
Summer campers at the college, camp staff, and summer college employees
Visitors to the campus (prospective students, parents, alumni, etc.)
Visitors to Rowan county may use the computers once, but should visit the Rowan Public Library for subsequent computer use
Community Borrowers may use the public workstations for 90 minutes per day. These workstations provide Internet access, Microsoft Office Suite access, and access to NC Live databases. Community Borrowers may not have access to all the databases due to licensing considerations.
Computer use is for registered Community Borrowers only. Community Borrowers may not share their session with friends, family, children, etc. Eligible persons (as defined above) may request to use the public workstations themselves.
Printing is available from public workstations. Printouts may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. As a green initiative, all printouts are double-sided by default, though single-sided printing may be selected through printer preferences. Printing costs $.10 per side (e.g. each page with content printed on both sides will cost $.20) to cover toner costs as well as paper.
Color copying is not available for community borrowers.
Persons with their own laptops may get a temporary login and password good for the day for the guest wireless network at the Circulation Desk. Opening a web browser will automatically direct users to a login page for the guest wireless network. Printing is not available from personal laptops.
Community Borrowers must agree to abide by the Catawba College Computer Use Policy.
Photocopying is available on the main floor of the library. Copies are $0.10 per page. Color copies are $0.35 per page. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.
Copying using library equipment must comply with Catawba College Photocopying Guidelines.
Private Study Space
There are six study rooms of various sizes available in the library for individuals or groups from 2 to 12. Five of them are located on the Mezzanine, and one large study room is located on the main floor near the Wentz Reading Room.
Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Priority is given to Catawba students, faculty and staff.
Media Viewing/Listening
Computers may be used to watch DVDs and listen to CDs. Headphones are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. The library also has a TV cart with a VHS player and DVD player in the study room on the main floor.
Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Priority is given to Catawba students, faculty and staff.