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Library Policies and Guidelines


Cell Phone Usage

Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or set on vibrate.

Taking and making calls distracts those around you.  If you must use your cell phone, please leave the library.


Checking Out Materials

Circulating books and government documents check out for four weeks. Items may be renewed for four additional weeks unless requested by others.

Audiovisual materials can be checked out by students for use in classroom presentations only. Faculty may check out audiovisuals for on- and off-campus use.

Reserve materials placed by faculty for student use are located at the circulation desk. Students must leave their student IDs when reserve materials are checked out. Reserve materials may not leave the library.

Interlibrary loan materials may be checked out for the time period stipulated by the lending library.

Reference, genealogy, and periodicals cannot be checked out.

Fines are 10¢ a day per book. Reserve materials and interlibrary loan books have a $1.00 per day fine.

All materials must be returned and all fines must be paid by the last day of the exam period. Holds will be placed on all College records of students who have not complied.



As per Article III of the American Library Association Code of Ethics "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."



The Library complies with the U.S copyright law as stated in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.


Food and Drink

Food is not allowed in the library or library courtyard. 

Students may bring covered drinks into the library; however, all trash must be placed in garbage cans or removed from the library. Spills should be reported to a librarian.

No form of tobacco is allowed in the library or library courtyard.


Guest Access

The Blaine S. Kern Library welcomes the community-at-large to use its resources and the government documents collection.  

Guest access to library computers is available to all visitors who sign in at the circulation desk.

As per the UHC Student Handbook, children (elementary school and younger) must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting the library.

Borrowing privileges are extended to graduate students and faculty whose institutions participate in LOUIS Reciprocal Borrowing. The borrowing card must be obtained from the borrower's home library.

Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the Friends of the Blaine S. Kern Library.



Silence is to be observed in all areas of the library except group study where speaking in moderate tones is permitted.  The group study seating is in the reference and periodicals area.  Silent study is along the hallway and back room of the stacks area and upstairs.


Patrons with Disabilities

The Library complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act as stated in the UHC publication "Students with Disabilities: a Handbook for Faculty, Staff, and Students."



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