Century College Library is a full partner with the college community in preparing and empowering students to succeed in a changing world.
Contact the Reference Tech in charge of ILL. Renewals must be requested through the lending institution.
When materials are overdue, the library will take the following steps:
Overdue notices are a courtesy–it is the borrower's responsibility to keep track of due dates.
Due dates are available online from the Your Borrowing Record or Your Account link in the library catalog, and date due slips are put into materials at the time of checkout.
Under the Minnesota Revenue Recapture Act, Statutes Chapter 270A, the college is able to place a claim with the Minnesota Department of Revenue on future tax refunds due to the borrower for the amount of library fees owed. Century library materials are state property—items should be returned on time.
The library is not normally available for activities such as filming, interviewing, fundraising, etc., without prior permission. We encourage you to consider other spaces for such activities. If the library must be used, please try to schedule activities for a time when the library can be closed, such as between semesters. Prior permission is not required for brief activities such as still photography that does not include equipment setup or short tours.
Please return the Special Request Form to the Circulation Desk at least one week prior to the planned event. A librarian will contact you regarding your request.
The Century College Library's collection development policy sets the standards for selecting, developing, and maintaining the Library's collection.Within the constraints of available funds, facilities, and staffing, the Library will acquire and make available materials in various formats, evaluate existing collections, and develop policies and procedures to maintain the quality of collections and information services. The Library is involved in a number of resource sharing agreements that expand the range of accessible materials and information.
The goals of the collection development policy:
The Library accepts recommendations for library materials from teaching faculty, administrators, staff, and students; however, ultimate responsibility for the overallquality and balance of the Library collection rests with the Library faculty. They are responsible foranticipating the need for specific items and acquiring them. To help ensure both the quality and scope of the collection,librarians consider reviews in both general and specialized review media, standard bibliographies, userrequests, course syllabi, and reserve book lists.
The Library has ultimate responsibility for its materials budget. It does not assign annual allocations to subject areas or academic divisions/departments. The Library maintains the flexibility necessary to meet both anticipated and unforeseen demands for resources, and to be able to take advantage of the most economical purchase strategies.
In selecting resources, the Library attempts to include material representing differing points of view on controversial issues. As long as subjects fit into the general collection guidelines of the Library, they will be considered without censorship or prejudice when determining the collection's balance. In recognition of the Library’s responsibility to make materials available to our users, the Century College Library adheres to the following policy statements by the American Library Association:
The Library attempts to acquire all types of library materials to meet its mission objectives. The Library acquires materials of both ongoing and current interest in all relevant subject areas. In addition, the Library strives to collect materials that offer a balance of viewpoints on controversial issues.
The selection objectives include acquiring and making available:
In order to meet its objectives, the Library follows these general guidelines:
The following criteria are considered in selection of library resources. However, all of these criteria need not apply to an individual item for it to be acceptable.
Special Collections are acquired through gift, transfer, or purchase. There is currently no budget allocation specifically for the purchase of Special Collections.
Century Librarians evaluate resources offered to the Library to determine if they meet our collection development policies. Once a collection is accepted, the Library reserves the right to de-accession the following types of items:
Century College Library currently houses two special collections:
The same general guidelines used for selecting print material are used to select electronic resources. Other considerations may include:
Ongoing de-selection of Internet resources is a necessity because of the dynamic nature of such resources. De-selection occurs when:
Electronic resources may duplicate print resources to provide an additional point of access when different formats meet the needs of off-site users, users with disabilities, and other user groups.
Century College Library does not purchase textbooks when they are being used as a course text. Textbooks are expensive and updated frequently, and it would be a strain on the Library’s collection budget to purchase course textbooks for the Library collection. In addition, maintaining a textbook collection is very labor intensive.
Some textbooks are available on reserve at the Library’s Circulation Desk. These are often the property of a department or faculty member, or a donation from the bookstore. In general, they may be used only in the Library.
Keeping the collection current is an ongoing activity. A cycle of weeding is completed for every subject area at least once every eight years. For areas that involve current technologies and scientific knowledge, such as computers or nursing, weeding occurs as frequently as is needed to maintain the accuracy of the materials.
Criteria for weeding include:
The Library retains items that meet the following criteria:
Other Considerations for Retention:
The Century College Library endeavors to comply with U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.).
Gifts of materials may be accepted with the understanding that they will be subject to the same criteria for inclusion in the collection as purchased materials. The Library reserves the right not to add gift materials to the collection, and to dispose of them as deemed appropriate. Library personnel cannot appraise gift materials for tax or inheritance purposes.
Selection of materials by the Library does not imply endorsement of the contents or views expressed in those materials. Because the Library strives to provide collections that represent a diversity of viewpoints, Library users may occasionally find materials owned by the Library to be controversial or objectionable.
Written complaints will be considered by a committee of the college librarians and their dean using the selection criteria outlined in this policy. In considering such complaints, the committee will adhere to the Library Bill of Rights, which states: "Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. . . . Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."No material will be excluded from the collection because of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint, or controversial nature of either the author or the material.