Borrowing and Returning Items:
Fines, Fees and Referrals:
EQUIPMENT, BUILDING & ENVIRONMENT
LOST & FOUND
Who can borrow items
Materials at the Edens Library can be checked out by Columbia College students*, faculty, staff, and Columbia College alumnae.
Columbia College Alumnae
Columbia College Alumnae who wish to check out library materials should see the CircIT Desk Manager or a Librarian for assistance.
Procedure for Borrowing
Locate the materials you want and take them to the CircIT Desk on the Main Level. All materials that circulate must be checked out at the CircIT Desk. Columbia College students, faculty, and staff must present their Columbia College ID. Columbia College alumnae must present a valid driver's license or state ID.
Number of items that can be borrowed
While there are no limits on the number of books a Columbia College student or faculty/staff member may have out at one time, the following limits do apply in other cases:
Loan periods - how long items may be kept
Materials needed longer than the above lending periods may be renewed at the CircIT Desk on the Main Level or over the phone (786-3877).
Fines for overdue materials
Circulation notices are sent as a courtesy to remind library patrons of overdue items, hold pickups, and as a statement of charges owed to the library. As a courtesy, the library sends a notice of overdue materials to borrowers, but it is the borrower's responsibility to know when materials are due and to see that they are returned on time.
Business Office Referrals
The Business office serves as the collection agency for students who owe fines or charges to the library. A list of students with unpaid library fines/charges is sent to the business office each term.
Patrons unable to locate a title in its assigned location on the shelf should notify the CircIT Desk staff. A Missing Item Search Slip will be completed and the CircIT Desk Manager will change the items status to MISSING. A search will be conducted for the missing material. If a missing title is not located within a six month period, the CircIT Desk Manager will submit a list to the Collection Development Librarian.
When a book/media title from the J. Drake Edens Library collection is determined to be lost, the item status will be changed to LOST. The patron who has it checked out is expected to pay a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee and the replacement cost of the material.
DO NOT return damp or damaged library materials through the book drop. Please hand them to a CircIT Desk worker with an explanation of what is wrong.
The J. Drake Edens Library staff considers damages to include - but not limited to - water damage, pencil marks, pen marks, highlighting, pages that are dog-eared or missing, teeth marks, and broken covers. Please do not write in or otherwise damage books or media material (CDs/ DVDs, KITs). Wet books are subject to mildew and must be withdrawn from the collection. Library patrons will be billed for replacement costs for book and media material that must be withdrawn. If damages occur while you have materials checked out or in your possession, contact the CircIT Desk immediately at 803-786-3877.
A full replacement value will be refunded for material returned within one year of payment. The material will be inspected before returning it to the collection and a credit is initiated.
Contact the CircIT Desk Manager for further information.
LIBRARY EQUIPMENT, BUILDING, & ENVIRONMENT
Computers and Computer Labs
There are four computer workstations located in the Reference area which may be used for library research as well as Word processing, researching the Web, and accessing campus email.
There are also two computer labs located on the Lower Level in Room 121 and the Overton Media Center.
A photocopier is located along the wall directly behind the CircIT Desk on the Main Level. Photocopying may be done at the cost of $0.10 per page for black-and-white and $0.25 per page for color. Payment is made at the CircIT Desk. It is the responsibility of the person making copies to adhere to the Copyright Laws. A notice of copyright is posted near the copier.
Food, drink, tobacco
Food and drinks are allowed in the library. Please be careful with any food and dispose of the trash properly. Tobacco products and smoking (including e-cigarettes) are prohibited on campus property.
Quiet study environment
To ensure that a quiet atmosphere is maintained, patrons are asked to behave in a manner conducive to study and research. In heavy use areas, such as the CircIT Desk or Reference, please keep noise levels at a minimum. Also, we ask that you keep noise levels at a minimum in the study area in the Juvenile section (on the Lower Level). Due to the design of the building, noise tends to travel rather freely (and loudly) to other areas of the building.
The Upper Level is generally considered as the "quiet study floor," the area most conducive to quiet study.
To ensure that a quiet atmosphere conducive to study and research is maintained, we ask that you turn off or mute your cell phones while in the library.
If you must accept a phone call while in the library, we ask that you either keep the noise level and time of your conversation to a minimum or take the call in the library's foyer where you are less likely to disturb others who are researching and studying.
Study carrels for individual studying are located along the walls of the Upper Level. The Upper Level is generally considered as the "quiet study floor," the area most conducive to quiet individual study.
Overton Electronic Classroom - Room 120
The Overton Classroom for Library Instruction - Room 120 - is used for Information Literacy instruction session, which are taught by the Research & Instruction Librarians.
Edens Library Lost & Found Policy
(For personal items located in Edens Library)
Please notify the CircIT Desk Manager of any lost and found personal items.