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Circulation Services:
Library materials are available for student, faculty and staff check out. Okefenokee Technical College student identification cards are required for student check out. All students must also adhere to the posted rules regarding the library facilities and computer resources.

The loan period for students to check out books and other print items is two weeks. There is a three-day checkout period for DVDs & CDs. Faculty is permitted to check out material for the entire term. All materials are due at the end of each term.

Reference items cannot be checked out. Reference materials include such items as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, periodicals, indexes, atlases, microforms, and any other publications designated as reference.

Reserve and Teacher's Reserve:
Instructors can house course materials within the library to be loaned to their students. Loan periods for these resources are determined by the instructor. Most reserved material cannot be taken from the library.

Reference Services:
The library staff at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) is dedicated to serving its library patrons to fulfill their informational needs. Special assistance will be given to patrons who are unfamiliar with the advanced technological information retrieval systems.

Reference services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to Okefenokee Technical College students, faculty and staff. All patrons are required to have their student identification cards. All students must also adhere to the posted rules regarding the library facilities and computer resources.

Bibliographic Instruction:
Bibliographic instruction is presented to students during each term. Sessions can be scheduled in the library, a computer lab, or within a classroom. Instructors are encouraged to incorporate library activities within their curriculum. Bibliographic instruction, along with an online orientation and reference services, are made available to all online students through GVTC, which is currently used to facilitate distance education classes for OTC online students.

Instructors may schedule workshops, tours, and bibliographic instructions during the academic term. Please send in your requests for bibliographic instruction one week in advance. Instructors may visit the library or send request via email to library@okefenokeetech.edu.

Media Services:
Media services are available to faculty and staff at the Okefenokee Technical College Library Media Center. However, for ease of access, instructional departments house and distribute televisions, VCRs, overhead projectors, and instructional tools to their faculty from within the department. Teaching resources that are not accessible within the department, such as digital camera or projectors, are available in the library for faculty use.

Document Duplication Services:
A copy machine is available on both campuses for a small fee. A coin operated copy machines are available on each campus.

Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is an agreement among participating libraries to make certain materials, books, dissertations, journal articles, etc., available to member libraries upon request. This agreement for “resource sharing” gives library patrons access to far more materials than any one library could hold. The Okefenokee Technical College Library searches its own collection first and then searches the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database to locate and borrow materials owned by other US, Canadian and European libraries. Students may also search the WorldCat database to locate books, and Gold (Geogia Online Libraries) to locate journal articles. Both databases are available through Galileo (Georgia Library Learning Online). Some material may not be available for request since many loans are based on the lending institution lending policy.

OTC Library reserves the right to refuse an interlibrary loan request that, in our judgment, would violate U.S. copyright law, Title 17 U.S. Code. Once an item is received through interlibrary-loan, it is the borrower’s responsibility to avoid copyright infringement.

To request materials from Interlibrary Loan, complete the online Interlibrary Loan request form at the following links: ILL Book Request Form, ILL Article Request Form. Inter-Library Loan material will be ordered on a first come first serve basis. Request forms are also available at the OTC Library Media Center on the Alma campus.

Intercampus Borrowing
Intercampus borrowing is a service available to all OTC faculty, staff, and students. Patrons from both campuses and other off-site locations may borrow circulating materials from the Waycross or Alma locations. Non-circulating materials are journals, videos, CD-ROMs, and Reserve Books. All cataloged materials are searchable on the library online catalog. Courier service between campuses allows for quick delivery of requested materials. To request a book, students can use our Intercampus borrowing request form.


Who is eligible to request ILL?
Currently enrolled OTC students, faculty and staff may use the ILL service. If you are uncertain as to whether you are eligible to use ILL services, please contact the Okefenoke Technical College Library Media Center at 912-287-6655 or Alma campus 912-632-0442 for assistance.

How long does it take to receive materials?
Most items arrive at the requesting institution's campus within two to four weeks. Contact the OTC Library Media Center to inquire about the status of your request.

What does it cost?
Generally, there is no charge for Interlibrary Loan requests. However, if there will be a charge, we contact you via E-mail or by telephone before completing the request.

How do I receive the items?
Once the items arrive they are checked out to the patron. You must be enrolled in the libraries resources circulation system to retrieve your items.


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