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General Library Policies

  • Food and drinks, including bottled drinks, are not allowed in the Library.
  • Cell phones/pagers must be set to silent or turned off while in the Library.
  • No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the Library.
  • Students are not allowed to use Library phones.
  • The Library is a place for studying. Please keep talking and unnecessary noise to a minimum.
  • The Library offers photocopy service for use by all patrons for a small fee.

Circulation Policies
Students must present a valid student ID in order to borrow circulating materials from the Library. Circulating books may be checked out for a 2 week period and, if needed, can be renewed for an additional 2 weeks. There is a three-item limit for checkout. Failure to return checked out materials will result in the patron’s student record being placed on hold, preventing subsequent registration or transcript release until the materials are returned to the library or the appropriate fines are paid. Materials not returned within 30 days after the hold has been placed will be assumed to be lost. The patron’s record will remain on hold and a charge for the cost of the material will be assessed. Before the hold can be removed from the patron’s student record, the cost of the material must be paid in full at the cashier’s office. If the patron is not a student, all borrowing privileges will be suspended until the cost of the material is paid in full at the cashier’s office.

Reference items and periodicals may not be checked out, but must be used while in the Library.

Reserve books may be obtained at the Circulation desk and may be used within the Library. Some reserve books can be taken home for the night; check at the Circulation Desk for more information.

OTC students and staff do not pay fines on standard overdue items. Patrons are encouraged to return checked-out books in a timely manner to make them available for other patrons and avoid a hold being placed on their student record.

Lost or damaged items are billed to borrowers to cover replacement costs.

Faculty and staff will receive a reminder notice containing a list of items on their account two weeks prior to the end of the term. All faculty and staff will be asked to review the list for accuracy and return the items. They may place a request for renewal of the materials that they still need.

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