Borrowing Privileges Somerset County Academy for Health & Medical Sciences Students

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Academy Students need to register with the library at the Check Out Desk by submitting a completed registration form. This could take place the first time a student needs to borrow materials. Students must present their high school ID at this time. They will then be issued a RVCC library card. This card must be presented to checkout library materials. This is to ensure prompt and accurate service. In addition, only the owner of the card will be allowed to make library transactions.

Books borrowed from the RVCC library must be returned to the RVCC library. They may not be returned to a local branch library.

Loan Periods
Material Type Max # of Items* Loan Period Daily Overdue Fines
Circulating Books 20 28 days $0.10
Circulating DVDs/Videos 3 7 days $1.00
Audiobooks 3 28 days $0.25
Music CDs/CD-ROMS 3 7 days $1.00
Maps 20 28 days $0.25
Interlibrary Loan Material - - $0.25
  • * Students may only checkout a maximum of 20 items at one time. In addition, only 3 media items may be checked out at one time. This includes a combination of videos, DVDs, Audiobooks, CDs and CD-ROMS.
  • Interlibrary Loan Material is subject to the lending libraries’ borrowing policies.

My Library Account

Academy Students may access their library account online at http://catalog.somerset.lib.nj.us/patroninfo~S9. To login into your account, type in the 14-digit barcode displayed on your RVCC library card. The pin default will be the last four digits of your telephone number. You may need to call the library to have it activated. My Library Account will display current items that are checked out and when they are due back in the library. You may also renew your checked out items online, as well as place and view holds on items.

If you have any questions regarding the Academy Student borrowing privileges, contact the Check Out Desk (908) 218-8865 for further details.

Holds

Holds may be placed on items currently checked out to other patrons. Holds may be placed through the Library Catalog, or by contacting the Check Out Desk (908) 218-8865.

Renewals

Renewals can be requested by phone, at the Check Out Desk, or by using the My Library Account service. Books may be renewed a maximum of three (3) times, each time for an additional two (2) weeks. Renewals may not be allowed on overdue material or on materials that have holds placed on them. DVDs and videos may be renewed once.

Renewals on Interlibrary Loan material is subject to the renewing policies of the lending library. Please inform the check out desk staff five (5) days before the due date to request a renewal.

Overdue Charges

Late fines will be applied to items returned after the due date. Students will receive five overdue notices, indicating which items are checked out. Replacement and processing fees will then be applied for any unreturned items and the student will receive a bill. This results in a Hold being placed on the student’s library account. Borrowing privileges are suspended until the items are returned and the overdue fines paid, or until the student pays lost book fees.

If an Academy Student has fines which have been left unpaid for over a year, or are in excess of $5.00, or has a lost book, they must pay the fines before borrowing additional books.

Lost or Damaged Items

If library materials are lost or damaged, replacement fees and processing fees are charged to your library account. Replacement fees depend on the item lost/damaged, and processing fees are $15.00 per item.

Another option is to replace the lost/damaged item personally, if a less expensive replacement copy is found and purchased by the student, provided that the replacement copy is the same exact edition as the original. Processing fees still apply.

Refunds

Refunds are not issued for fees when library materials are returned past their due date. Refunds are issued when lost books are paid for and then returned, provided that they are returned within six (6) months. Overdue fines still apply.

Non-Circulating Items

The library owns several collections that may only be used within the library, including periodicals, newspapers, microfilm, and reference books.

The periodical collection is located behind the Check Out Desk. To obtain a particular periodical or newspaper, make a request at the Check Out Desk. A RVCC library card will be required. Current popular periodicals and newspapers are also on display on the main floor of the library.

Interlibrary Loan Materials

Students may borrow books from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Service. This is a free-of-charge service which allows students to request books and articles from other libraries. Visit the library’s Interlibrary Loan page for complete details.

Allow at least two (2) weeks for delivery of material. Requests are limited to five (5) items a day. Requested material follows the borrowing policies of the lending library. To renew Interlibrary Loan material, contact the Interlibrary Loan Desk (908) 526-1200 x8224 five (5) days before the material is due.

Book Return Locations

All library materials may be returned at any of the following locations on campus:

  1. At the library’s Check Out Desk located on the main floor
  2. In front of the library’s main entrance (accessible when the library is closed)
  3. In front of the college’s entrance located near the Theatre (accessible when the library and the college is closed)

Books borrowed from the RVCC library must be returned to the RVCC library. They may not be returned to a local branch library.

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