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Borrowing Items

Library Card

Your SVC ID card is your library card. Current SVC students, faculty and staff may obtain a library barcode at the Circulation Services desk.


You can borrow circulating materials from either the Mount Vernon or Whidbey Campus Libraries of Skagit Valley College. You can obtain an ID and password for remote (off-campus) access to other electronic resources, such as such as EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier, and ProQuest Direct. You can also request materials from other libraries through InterLibrary Loan Services, available at the Reference Services desk.

Students at other Washington State community & technical colleges and Western Washington University have borrowing privileges at the SVC library at no cost.  They must present a current student id card or proof of current registration.

Community members in Skagit, Island, or San Juan Counties may purchase an annual library card for $20.  This card allows community members to borrow books and other library materials.

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary according to the type of material borrowed. Here are loan periods for the most commonly checked out items:

Item Checkout Period Renewal
Books 21 days Two additional 21-day periods.*
Periodicals 21 days Two additional 21-day renewal periods.*
CDs, Videos and DVDs 7 Days Two additional 7-day renewal periods.*
Laptops 1 week Renewals allowed, in-person only, based on availability.**
Library use only laptops 4 hours Three additional 4-hour renewal periods.*
* Items are renewable unless someone else has requested them.
** Only currently-enrolled SVC students may check out student laptops. SVC staff and faculty please contact SVC Library for more information about available technology.  

You can renew materials, except laptops, online by signing into your library account  in OneSearch using your SVC email address and password, in person by bringing them to the Circulation Services desk, or by calling 360.416.7837,or 360.378.5322. Items that have been requested by other patrons cannot be renewed.

Overdue and Lost Materials

All borrowed materials are due on the date due card/stamp. You can obtain information about the items you have checked out by signing into your account in OneSearch.

Fines and Other Charges
We charge overdue fines for the following items. Fines vary by item, anywhere from $1 per day to $1 per hour:

  • Reserve Items

  • Interlibrary Loan Materials

  • Media/ Computer Equipment (laptops,  powercords, etc.)

Library/media items that are not returned are subject to overdue fines and/or replacement cost fees. Students will receive fine or fee notices via email.

You are personally responsible for any and all overdue fines and other library charges incurred on your card.

To pay fines or fees,

1. Sign in to your library account in OneSearch;

2. Print out your statement of current fines;

3. Take the statement to the Cashier's office and pay what fines are owed. The Cashier's office will notify the library of payment and your account will be cleared. This may take 2-3 days, so if you would like to have your library account cleared more quickly, just provide a receipt to library Circulation staff on the same day that you paid your fine.

NOTE: If you have a bill on your account for overdue/lost materials, to clear the billed amount, return materials to the library as soon as possible.  If you have lost the materials, please talk with a library staff member at the Circulation Desk about your account.


Loss of Privileges

 If you have any outstanding charges, you will be unable to register for classes until the fines are paid or the materials are returned or renewed, and you may be blocked from checking out additional library materials.

Lending Your Card to Others

As the card holder of record, you are responsible for all materials borrowed using your card. DO NOT LOAN YOUR CARD TO ANYONE ELSE. If your card is lost, please notify the library immediately by calling 360.416.7837 (MV Campus),or 360.378.5322 (Whidbey Campus), so its usage can be blocked.