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Library Policies

We are committed to providing services and resources that support teaching and learning and an environment that is conducive to student learning and intellectual exploration. Our students, employees, and community users are expected to adhere to Kirk Library policies while in the library and using library resources.

If you see any activity which does not comply with library policies or disturbs the academic atmosphere of the library, you may quietly report it to the library staff member on duty at the Ask Here Desk.

Borrowing Library Materials

Our priority is to support current students and employees of Centralia. Only currently enrolled students and current employees may borrow library items with a valid photo ID card (e.g. student/employee ID card or driver’s license). New students may need to wait one full business day before they are able to borrow library materials. New student records are loaded nightly into the library management system, and may take a full business day to appear in our records.

ASB Card/Photo ID: You must show a valid photo ID, such as your Centralia College student/employee ID card or your driver’s license, so remember to bring it with you to the library. Once you have found the library items you want to borrow, take them to the Check Out Desk and show your photo ID to the library staff member who will check out the items to you. You are responsible for all library items that are checked out to you under your account. You should not allow others to borrow library items under your account unless you are willing to assume full responsibility for them, including any fines and fees that may accumulate.

Community members who are not a current student or employee at Centralia College may use print materials inside the library only during library open hours. They may not use the computers in the library computer lab. Computers are available in the Centralia Timberland Library for community members.

  • Books/Books on or with CDs: 5 items per subject, 25 max.—30 days
  • Media Materials, VHS/CD/DVDs: 3 items per format—7 days
  • Math DVDs: 2 max.—3 days, no renewals
  • Periodicals: Library use only
  • Reference/Archival Materials: Library use only
  • Reserve Materials: Varies
  • Headphones: Library use only

Borrowed library items, except course reserves, math DVDs, and computer laptops, may be renewed for another borrowing period if no one is on the waiting list for it and it is not overdue. Bring the items to the Check Out Desk to renew them. All library items must be returned by the last class day of each quarter.

We do not charge hourly or daily fines for overdue library items. Borrowing privileges are suspended until you return your overdue items. If your item has not been returned to the library after 30 days past the due date, it is assumed lost and a Fines/Fee Notice will be sent to you and to the Admissions and Records Office. You will be blocked from any further activities, such as registering for classes, dropping or adding classes, requesting transcripts, getting financial aid, etc., until your overdue item is returned in good condition or the library fees have been paid in full.

You may return items during library open hours at the Check Out Desk or when the library is closed in the Book Drop box, located outside the southeast corner of the library building in Parking Lot D. Interlibrary Loan books, equipment, and computer laptops must be returned directly to the Check Out Desk—do not use the outside Book Drop to return these items.

If you lost a borrowed item, you will be billed for the replacement cost of the item plus processing fees. Lost and paid items are non-refundable. If you found the lost item after you have paid the bill, you may keep it or donate it back to the library, but will not receive a refund for it. Library staff routinely checks returned items for damages, including liquid or food stains, pen and pencil markings, mildew, chewed pages, scratches, and other defects, before they are checked in. If damage is found, depending on the severity of the damage, you may be billed for the replacement for the item plus processing fees. Replacement fees for lost and damaged items due to fire, flood and theft may be waived if you can submit a copy of the police, fire, or insurance report to verify loss or damage of the item.

Items may be checked out during quarter breaks only on the last day of the quarter if you are registered for classes for the following quarter. You must provide proof of registration for the upcoming quarter and a photo ID.

Ten computer laptops are available for students to borrow for one week (7 days) at a time. Only currently enrolled students who are in good standing (e.g. no fines, fees, or overdue items) with the library may borrow computer laptops. Students must show a current WA driver’s license or a Centralia College student ID card, agree to the Laptop Borrowing Policy, and sign the Laptop Borrowing Agreement.

Library Computer Use

Library computer lab use is restricted to currently enrolled Centralia College students only. The purpose of the library lab computers is to support currently enrolled Centralia College students to succeed in their coursework when it is not used for library instruction. Library lab computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to students doing course-related work. During busy times, students who are not doing course-related work will be asked to yield their computers to students who are waiting for a computer. We recommend that community members who are not currently enrolled CC students use the computers at the Centralia Timberland Library.

The library computer lab is open during library open hours. Library instruction has priority and notification will be posted when the lab computers are reserved for a class. When the computer lab is not reserved for class, it is an open computer lab for any currently enrolled Centralia College student to use.

The library computer lab is an instruction lab. Its main purpose is to support teaching and learning. Library instruction and currently enrolled Centralia College students doing academic work have priority to use these computers. We reserve the right to restrict recreational use on these computers. Out of consideration for your fellow students, use headphones to listen to audio and keep the volume down to avoid disturbing others as they study. You will be asked to lower the volume when sounds can be heard past your headphones. Avoid displaying or broadcasting any images, sounds, or messages that could create an atmosphere of discomfort, harassment, or intimidation to others. Displaying materials which create a hostile environment for work or study will not be permitted. Computer users must abide by Centralia College’s Computer Use Policy, Student Rights & Responsibilities Code, and Copyright Rules.

Campus-wide wireless internet is available for the educational and business needs of current students, employees, and guests of Centralia College. All users must abide by Centralia College’s Computer Use Policy, Student Rights & Responsibilities Code, and Copyright Rules. The wireless network is not a public internet access network. Access codes are required to use the college’s wireless networks and are available at various locations on campus, including the library's Ask Here Desk. Stop by the Ask Here Desk in person to get it. For directions on how to connect to the wireless network, see Centralia College Wireless Network.

Food and Drink

Food and drink that are not messy, smelly, greasy, or noisy when eaten may be consumed in the library, except near the bookshelves and in the library computer lab. Eating and drinking should not disturb others in the library nor damage library materials, furniture, or equipment. Eat and drink responsibly. You will be asked to take your food and drink outside if it becomes too disruptive in the library. Covered beverage containers are recommended, such as cups with lids and bottled water. You can keep uncovered or open beverages at the Check Out Desk. In accordance to campus policy, tobacco products of any form are not allowed in Kirk Library. (1.370 Use of Tobacco Products)

Cell Phone Policy

Kirk Library is considered a classroom dedicated to support student study and research. Cell phones should be silenced or turned off. Conversations are to be kept very brief and quiet to avoid disturbing others in the library. You will be asked to take ringing phones and loud conversations out of the library building.

Children in the Library

Our staff is sympathetic to the demands of parents who are attempting to balance work, school, and child care; however, the library is a public place open to the community and cannot be liable for unattended children. Students who need childcare options may contact the Children’s Lab School. To protect children from danger in public places, young children (16 years of age and under) are permitted in the library only when under the direct supervision of a responsible adult (18 years of age or older). Children are expected to be quiet and well behaved to avoid disrupting the academic environment of the library. Library staff members will try to find the supervising adult if an unsupervised child is found in the library. If a supervising adult is not present, library staff members will try to determine the name and location of the adult responsible and may call the police to place the child in protective custody.

Collection Development

Collection development refers to the ongoing total maintenance of the library collection; both the selection and de-selection of materials are considered jointly. The collection development policy is designed to ensure support for the instructional curriculum and the professional development needs of college students, faculty, and staff. See Kirk Library Collection Development Policy.

We welcome recommendations for purchase to help develop our library collection. If you want to suggest a book for Kirk Library to purchase, Request Library Purchase.

Donating to the Library

We encourage, welcome, and appreciate gifts and donations that are consistent with our Collection Development Policy and have no restrictions attached to their disposition. Because of the cost of adding materials to our collection, donated items are evaluated by the librarian with the same criteria as purchased items. When you donate an item, you agree that if it is not added to our collection, it will be disposed.

Thank you for considering Kirk Library! Your gift means a great deal to the library and those who use its resources. Monetary donations are handled by the Centralia College Foundation for the benefit of Kirk Library. Secure online donations can be made through the Foundation's Make an Online Donation where you may select to add to the Library Endowment. Checks can be made payable to Centralia College Foundation, with an indication that funds are for the "Library Endowment," and sent to: Centralia College Foundation, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA 98531-4099.

For more information about giving to Kirk Library, contact the Centralia College Foundation.

Accessibility (ADA)

See Key Policies at Centralia College > Accessibility.

Archives Collection

The Archives Collection exists to preserve the history of Centralia College from its inception to the present. It contains records, yearbooks, college newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, letters, and other types of materials and publications of enduring value related to college history. Also included in the Archives is a collection of Centralia Massacre historical materials.

Many of the archival records are accessible online through our Digital Archives website. To view physical archived items, visit Kirk Library Monday–Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm, and contact library staff ahead of time if you will arrive after 2:30pm, to ensure the materials you want to view are ready for you.

Viewing archival records must be done under the supervision of a library staff member at a designated viewing area. A total of one record series (2 boxes maximum) may be requested per person per time. Only one folder may be inspected at a time, and original order must be preserved when re-filing materials. A member of the library staff will retrieve all requested item(s) as needed, and will collect them upon completion. Please handle all archive materials with care and use a pencil to take notes on your notebook. Many items are old, fragile, and unique. Do not mark them with writing, tracing, rubbing, or erasing print. Do not damage them by folding, ripping, cutting, or using rubber bands, paper clips, tape, or post-it notes on them.

Photocopies can be done in the library under the supervision of a library staff member to ensure items are not damaged during the photocopying. The copier machine charges $0.10 per copy and will take coins and bills. Restrictions may apply in relation to copyright laws and/or the protection of personal information (if the material is sensitive in nature).

No archived items may be removed from Kirk Library. Many are one-of-a-kind in nature and would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace if lost or damaged. No exceptions will be made to allow items to leave Kirk Library.