Library Services


Students Circulation Period-books can be checked out for four weeks.

Faculty is asked to return items as soon as possible once they have completed using them. Reference books and periodicals do not circulate. They are in library use only.

Media-Audio Visual materials – can be checked out by faculty and staff members only. These items are loaned until the end of the term. Faculty is asked to return items as soon as possible once they have completed using them. These items cannot be checked out to students, but may be used by students in the library.

Reserve books -books are “in-library use only”, overnight (due by 9:00 a.m. the following day), or as specified by instructor.




Students, faculty, and staff may request that a circulation item be held for them if the item has been checked out and unavailable. These holds can be placed by asking the librarian. You will be notified when the item is returned to the Library and is available to you.



At the end of each semester, faculty overdue notices are sent to those faculty members who have failed to return books and other materials to the library. However, faculty and staff borrowing privileges may be suspended when materials have not been returned after one academic year. The prompt return of materials is necessary if the library is to give you and others quality service. Fines are imposed on the late materials as follows:

  • Four-week check-out of Books-.25 cents per day per book
  • Reserve check-out of materials – $2.00 per hour, per item



If a book is lost, the user should inform the library staff immediately. The student will be

charged the replacement cost of the book plus a $10.00 processing fee.



Copiers with enlarging and reduction features are located in main school office. The cost is ten cents per page.



Books in this area contain specific factual information and are not usually read cover-to-cover. Information in a reference work, which may be single or multi-volume, is usually presented alphabetically or topically, often with thorough indexes at the end of the work and instructions for use at the beginning. The staff will gladly assist students in locating reference materials.


Using Reference Materials – What are reference materials? 

Reference materials are books that can be used by itself as a source of information without use of a second source of information. (Although a reference book may refer or lead to another source information, which is not its main purpose.) Reference books usually include access components such as indexes that lead to information elsewhere in the book itself, rather than to other sources of information. In many cases, reference books cannot be used effectively without using access points included in the included in the reference book. It is therefore, important to look for indexes and other access keys in reference books. The library’s reference collection contains many books that will be useful in research. The librarians can help you identify and use the most useful of reference books such as Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Biographical Sources, Almanacs, Statistics, Specialized Encyclopedias, Chronologies, Atlases, Handbooks, Directories, and Compilations.



The library currently subscribes to a variety of periodicals, including professional and technical journals, newspapers and popular magazines, which support the college’s curricula and assignment. Current periodical issues are on display. Faculty is encouraged to work with the Library to develop assignments that will introduce students to the professional journals in their area of study. A list is also available in the library.

Periodicals are works which appear “periodically”, such as newspapers, magazines (“popular”) and journals (“scholarly”). Such sources will provide more up-to-date information than books.



Multi-media items available for use in the library include DVDs, VCR Cassettes, transparencies, audio-cassettes, slides, records, and other items. These are for use in the Library, and can be located like any other item through use of the OPAC card catalog. Please contact with the library staffs for assistance in finding these materials.

Equipment items are loaned to faculty for classroom use. An AV Materials Reservation Form is available for faculty use on the library web site. Faculty is encouraged to reserve equipment at least two days in advance. Please ask your campus librarian for additional information.




Interlibrary loan is the process by which a library requests material from or provides material to another library. The purpose of interlibrary loan is to obtain material not available in the user’s local library.


Eligible Users

Interlibrary loan service is available to all current students, faculty, and staff. Guest borrowers and alumni should use interlibrary loan service available at their local public library or the academic library at their place of study.


Borrowing Restrictions

The library determined borrowing restrictions by the type of materials or any other conditions to allow circulation. Most books, magazine, and journal articles can be requested through interlibrary loan.


Copyright Issues

Copyright law limits the number of photocopied articles that can be borrowed through

Inter Library Loan. Once we have reached our limit, we will inform you what the closest library owning that title is.


Initiating Requests

Borrowers are expected to check the Sierra Library catalog and periodical databases prior to initiating a request to make sure we do not already own or have access to the item. Submit an interlibrary loan form for each item requested. Give complete and accurate information. Turn in your form at the Circulation desk. Student requests are limited to 5 items per month. The length of time needed to obtain materials varies. Most items can be obtained in about 10 days. There are times when materials arrive earlier and times when it takes longer. Please plan accordingly.

Note: Faculty, staff, and students enrolled at other institutions of higher education are

encouraged to explore the availability of collections and services at their place of study.


Notification & Use of Items

When your interlibrary loan arrives, we will call you. You can pick up your item at the

Circulation desk. The loan period and any restrictions are set by the lending library. The loan period is usually about 3 weeks. Photocopies of articles are yours to keep.

Interlibrary loan items must be returned to the Circulation desk. Patrons are responsible for any damaged or lost materials. Abuse of interlibrary loan policies by any patron will result in suspension of all library privileges.



Renewals may or may not be granted, depending on the policy of the lending library. Renewal requests must be made at least four working days before the due date.



In general, there is no charge. We make every effort to borrow from the library that does not charge; however, there are cases when this is not possible. In this case, we will notify you of any charges before we process your request. You are responsible for all costs incurred.


Library Catalog

The Library catalog is available online, and will allow you to search for and find many books.


Books Requests

You can have books sent from the Library to one that is closer to your home by email or phone call to the library circulation desk. You will be charged for the postage or delivery fee.


Ask a Librarian

Have a question? This service is available to all Sierra students. You ask question in person, by phone, or by email.


Library Card

Your Student ID Card is your library card to borrow materials from the library. You will need to come by the library to get a barcode added ID Card.



The University Librarians offer Orientation Programs and Information Literacy Instruction for classes and individuals upon the request. Basic information about the library, general policies, the Library of Congress Classification system, copyright, plagiarism, research methods and the various services provided are discussed during this instructional sessions. Faculty members are asked to give a written notice to the librarian at least one week before the date for instruction.



Faculty may place items from the library collections on reserve, or offer items to be held on reserve for student use as related to a specific course. Faculty members should meet with the Campus Librarian to make any necessary arrangements.



Faculty members are encouraged to recommend items to be added to the collections. Forms to make such recommendations are available on the Sierra States University Library website in the Personnel Handbook. All purchases made will be consistent with the college’s collection development/management policies.

It is the policy of the Sierra States University that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.