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About the Library: Library Policies

Library Use and User Conduct

Quiet Study

The library common areas are not quiet study areas. The library has one quiet study room, which is located behind the library instruction room at the northwest corner of the library.

Food, Drink, Tobacco Products, Cell Phones, etc.:

Help keep the library clean.

  • Keep all drinks covered and dispose of containers properly
  • All tobacco products are prohibited in the library
  • Respect others - keep noise to a minimum
  • Cell phone use in the library can be distracting. If you must use your cell phone, keep your noise to a minimum. Disruptive cell phone usage is not permitted, and noisy users will be asked to take their calls outside.

Code of Conduct

Lakeland Library users will to adhere to the Student Conduct Code as published in the Lakeland Community College Student Handbook.

Lakeland Library computer users will adhere to the Computer/Internet access section of the Lakeland Community College Student Handbook.

Loan Policy

All Lakeland Library users are responsible for materials checked out on their library account. Return of materials is expected by the due date. Failure to return materials may result in blocking of class registration and/or suspension of library privileges. Library users are responsible for all damage, replacement and repair fees for any materials they check out. Please present your Lakeland ID card to check out materials.

  • Lakeland students may check out a total of 50 items (Lakeland, Kirtland, OhioLINK and SearchOhio items combined) for a three week loan period.
  • Faculty may check out 100 items from the Lakeland Library and other participating libraries.

Materials may be renewed up to 6 times if no requests have been placed on the materials. Notices concerning overdue materials are sent via email as a courtesy. Library users are responsible for the prompt return of materials borrowed.

  • Lakeland Library materials replacement charges: cost of item
  • Kirtland Library materials replacement charges: cost of item
  • OhioLINK materials replacement charges: $34.00 per item
  • SearchOhio materials replacement charges: $34.00 per item

Refunds for lost materials may be issued for Lakeland Library, Kirtland Library, interlibrary loan, OhioLINK and SearchOhio materials providing the following criteria are met:

  • Materials are returned within six (6) months of payment with the original receipt from the Lakeland Library.
  • Materials must be free of mold, stains, odors, missing pages or damage of any kind.
  • The call number, ownership stamps, barcodes, and covers must be intact.

The condition of the material will be evaluated by the Library Technician in consultation with the Acquisitions Coordinator. Reference Librarians will determine if the materials will be returned to the collection.

In the case of OhioLINK, SearchOhio or interlibrary loan materials, the Interlibrary Loan Specialist will contact the owning institution for evaluation of materials to be returned to that institution's collection.

Any outstanding fines or fees are deducted from the refund amount. Approved refunds, with proper forms, are forwarded to the library offices and processed through the Lakeland Controller's Office.

Library users, having met all outstanding obligations to the college, must request a refund check for the remaining amount at the Assistant Controller's Office (440.525-7051). Inquiries on the status of a refund should be directed to the Assistant Controller's Office.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan is used to borrow materials not available from Lakeland, OhioLINK, SearchOhio, or another local library. Books, journal articles, and other materials that circulate can be delivered to Lakeland. Students, faculty, staff of Lakeland Community College as well as community borrowers that have Lakeland Library accounts are eligible to submit interlibrary loan requests. There is no guarantee that all materials requested can be found, but every attempt is made to fill each request.

Before submitting an ILL request, make sure the material is not available from Lakeland, OhioLINK, SearchOhio or local public libraries (a reference librarian can help you with this). For magazine and journal articles, please check the OhioLINK databases before requesting.

ILL Form
Once you have determined the material is not available locally, email information about your request to a reference librarian. Complete and accurate information is essential for us to get the material to you. The information may be emailed to:

Multiple Requests
Multiple requests will be processed two per day, so please number your requests by priority. Library staff will inform you of any copyright law limits on your request.

Normally ILL is free. However, the ILL form asks for willingness to pay due to possible fees for photocopying or supplying material by the lending library. If there is a charge, you will be contacted prior to processing the ILL. All charges must be prepaid at the circulation desk.

Materials usually arrive in two to ten days. When your material has arrived you will receive a phone call or an email. If you have questions regarding the status of requested items, please call the library and ask to speak to the ILL specialist.

Loan Periods, Overdue and/or Lost Items
Photocopies are yours to keep. Books and other materials on loan from other libraries must be returned by the due date set by the lending library, usually between two and four weeks. You may return ILLs to the circulation desk, one of the library drop-boxes, or to your selected pick-up location. Fines are charged for overdue ILL materials and you must pay the full fee for lost ILL items.

Library Copyright Policy

Copyright refers to the legal possession of intellectual property whether online or in print. Lakeland Community College Library adheres to the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law at Title 17, U.S. Code.

Freedom of Information

The library endorses the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, which supports access to information and opposes censorship, labeling and restricting user's access to information of all kinds.

Lakeland's Academic Honesty Policy

Honesty, as the basic component of trust, is essential to both individual and institutional integrity. With this premise in mind, Lakeland Community College has set forth certain behaviors as violating academic honesty, and thus potentially diminishing Lakeland's integrity, reputation for academic quality and ability to function as an academic community. The institution's faculty and administration, therefore, regard academic dishonesty as a serious offense.

Established as violations of academic honesty at Lakeland Community College are cheating and facilitating cheating, plagiarism and falsification in academic research. Policies dealing with violations of academic honesty may be obtained from the Student Development Department.

Unattended Child Policy

Lakeland Library staff assume no responsibility for the safety, security, or supervision of young children left unattended in the library. Library staff will contact the Lakeland Campus Police if concerned about the behavior, safety, or well-being of a young child.

Lakeland Community College Library
7700 Clocktower Drive | Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5198 | 440.525.7425 |