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Harold Washington College Library: Access & Borrowing

Library Access

The libraries serve current City Colleges of Chicago students, faculty, and staff. A current CCC ID is required (meaning the holder is registered for a given term) to check out materials. All students, faculty, and staff have access to electronic resources (databases, e-books, articles) both on campus and off-campus, with the latter access requiring a CCC username/password for authentication. 

Students who were registered in a previous term but not for the current term can access electronic resources using their CCC credentials but are not allowed to check out physical materials such as books from CCC libraries.  

Borrowing privileges and off-campus access to electronic resources are not available to CCC alumni. 

CCC libraries are open to the public for computer use only and in-library use only of physical materials.  

Items can be requested and sent for pickup to the CCC library most convenient for students. Borrowed items can be returned to any CCC library. Items can be renewed online at library.ccc.edu, in person at a CCC library, or by telephone. Contact information for CCC libraries.  

Lending / Circulation Policies

Items can be requested and sent for pickup to the CCC library most convenient for students. Borrowed items can be returned to any CCC library. Items can be renewed online at library.ccc.edu, in person at a CCC library, or by telephone. Contact information for CCC libraries.  

Students: 

  • Loan period is 3 weeks with automatic renewals applied throughout the term, unless a hold has been placed by another patron.  

  • Late/overdue fines: no overdue or late fines will be applied, with the exception of fines for reserve (library-use only) materials. Fines for non-CCC interlibrary loans items are determined by the lending institution. Items due will be billed unless returned to the library within 21 days of due date. Students are not billed for items lost by fire, flood, or theft; police reports or insurance claims must be provided. 

  • Reserve items (required textbooks or other materials for a given class) typically do not leave the library and circulate for two hours at a time, with renewals possible only if no one else is waiting for the item. Overdue fines are applied to reserve items. 

  • Students can check out up to 25 items at a time. 

  • Lost or unreturned items: Students are responsible for and will be billed for lost or unreturned items. If a late item is returned in good condition no fees will apply. Students can replace the book in kind with a copy that matches the ISBN of the missing item, which is preferred, or pay the replacement cost of an item (cost is determined by the lending library) at any CCC bursar’s office.  

  • The final due date is always the last Friday of the term. 
     

Faculty/Staff: 

  • Loan period is 4 weeks with automatic renewals applied throughout the term, unless a hold has been placed by another patron. Items due will be billed unless returned within 21 days of the due date. 

  • No limit on the number of items that can be checked out at a given time  

  • Late/overdue fines: no overdue or late fines will be applied with the exception of fines for reserve (library-use only) materials. Fines for non-CCC interlibrary loans items are determined by the lending institution. 

  • Lost or unreturned items: Staff and faculty are responsible for and will be billed for lost or unreturned items. If a late item is returned in good condition no fees will apply. Staff and faculty can either replace the book in kind with a copy that matches the ISBN of the missing item, which is preferred, or pay the replacement cost of an item (cost is determined by the lending library) at any CCC bursar’s office. 

  • The final due date is one year after the initial checkout date. The item can then be checked out again. 

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