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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.

Privileges

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 Materials, Replacement Bills and Library Fines
Patrons are responsible for all overdue fines and fees incurred on their card.  It is advised that you do not check materials out for anyone other than yourself.

Overdue fines are charged  for the following items (fines vary by item based on the checkout period - $1/hour to $1/day):

  • Reserves
  • Interlibrary Loan Materials
  • Media/Computer equipment

Students will receive overdue/replacement cost notices and overdue fine notices via their college email account.  Community borrowers receive notices via the email address that was given during sign up.

You can check your library account in OneSearch to determine the status of your loans and if there are any overdue fines or lost item replacement fees associated with your account. 

All fines/fees are paid at the cashier’s office.  A printed statement from the library is encouraged before going to the cashier’s office to ensure the amount is accurate.  The library encourages you to bring a copy of the receipt to clear your record the same day as payment.  Otherwise it may take 2-3 days to clear.

If you have any questions about a library fine or fee charged to your account, please speak with a library staff member.  We are happy to help clarify any questions you may have.

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.