Library Circulation Policy

Library Cards for Students, Employees, and Community Members

Borrowing privileges are extended to students and employees of and community members who reside in the Moraine Park Technical College District. An MPTC photo ID or other photo ID is required for borrowing materials.

Students and employees will not need to be issued library cards, since their information is placed in the library system upon enrollment or employment.

Community members will be issued library cards for borrowing privileges. A current, government issued photo ID is required for a community member library card and the ID number will be entered into the member’s library record.

Loan Terms

For Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Staff

  • Audiovisual materials, such as DVDs and related guides: one week or as requested
  • Books: two weeks, one renewal, or as requested
  • Equipment, such as laptops and cameras: Loan period varies by equipment. Equipment is not for personal use. Reservations for equipment are recommended but not required. Equipment for student use is to be checked out by a supervising instructor, who would be held responsible for that equipment.
  • Magazines: three days, excluding the current issue, no renewal
  • Reference, newsletters, and newspapers: library use only
  • Reserves: loan period varies by course

For Students

  • Audiovisual materials, such as DVDs and related guides: two weeks, no renewal
  • Books: two weeks, one renewal
  • Equipment, such as laptops and cameras: library use only
  • Magazines: three days, excluding the current issue, no renewal
  • Reference, newsletters, and newspapers: library use only
  • Reserves: Loan period varies by course but many materials are for library use only.

For Community Members

  • Audiovisual materials, such as DVDs and related guides: library use only
  • Books: two weeks, one renewal
  • Equipment, such as laptops and cameras: only for community organizations
  • Magazines: three days, excluding the current issue, no renewal
  • Reference, newsletters, and newspapers: library use only
  • Reserves: student and employee use only

Loan Renewals

Materials can be renewed by logging in to the catalog with your MPTC ID number and last name.

Renewals are not allowed if:
  • someone else has requested the material
  • the item is overdue
  • there are fines or fees on your account

Returning Materials

Both Moraine Park and interlibrary loan materials may be returned to any campus library during business hours. There are no outside or after hours drop boxes for returning materials.

Requesting Materials

The online catalog for the MPTC library includes materials located at all three campus libraries. Materials can be sent to any campus for pickup. Please allow adequate time for your request, since deliveries are only made on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

A patron may request material that is checked out to another patron.

Interlibrary loan requests may be made for materials not owned by MPTC. Please ask any staff member for help with requesting materials. A $5 fee will be charged for interlibrary loan print and AV materials that are not picked up by the requestor, since MPTC is charged for each request by the lending library.

Reserves

Instructors may place materials on the reserve shelf at one or all campus library for student use. Reserve materials not restricted to library use only will have a loan period set by the instructor and a $.50 per day overdue charge. Students should contact their campus library to confirm their course’s reserve materials are available at the library they intend to use.

Student and Community Member Fines

$0.10 per day for general collection materials for the first two weeks
$0.50 per day for reserve materials for the first two weeks
Overdue notices are mailed one day after the material is due.
A second notice is mailed one week after the material is due.

Materials overdue more than two weeks will be considered lost and a third notice with charges for the lost materials will be mailed.

Lost materials carry a fine of $4 for general collection materials or $6 for reserve materials plus the replacement cost fee for the material.

A hold will be placed on a student’s record for lost material charges, which will prevent the student from registering or receiving transcripts. Community member accounts with lost materials will be reported to legal authorities. If lost materials are returned, then the replacement cost fee for the material will be removed from the patron’s charges. Charges will remain for the lost material fine of $4 for general collection materials and $6 for reserve materials, which recovers the overdue fine and costs for issuing notices.

Employee Fines

Fines are not charged to faculty and staff. However, upon leaving employment, all materials must be returned or replacement costs will be assessed and withheld from pay.

Faculty and staff overdue notices are sent via MPTC internal mail. Adjunct faculty overdue notices are mailed.