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Las Positas College Library's mission is to support the research and study needs of the campus community, by providing a quiet and scholarly environment. Anyone distracting from this purpose, may be asked to leave at the discretion of the library employees.

LPC Students, Faculty, and Staff

Las Positas and Chabot College students, faculty, and staff using the Library to borrow circulating items must present their College ID card with the current registration sticker on the back. Students, faculty and staff may get the LPC College I.D. at the Admissions & Records Office. Library materials will be held at the circulation desk for 24 hours or over the weekend while the College ID is obtained.

Valid ID cards include:

  • A Las Positas College Student ID card with a current sticker on the back
  • Chabot College Student ID with a current sticker on the back
  • LPC Faculty or Staff ID Card
  • Chabot Faculty or Staff ID Card
  • Las Positas College Advisory Committee Member ID Card

Community Members, High School Students and Other Campus Visitors

Las Positas College Library allows high school students and community members who are looking for information on topics that are not available in the local high school or public libraries to use the Library resources, including Reference materials. LPC library materials may only be checked out by Las Positas and Chabot College students, faculty, and staff or Las Positas College Advisory Committee Members with a member ID card. A photocopier is available for use at $.10 a page.

Students and community members must plan to do their own research. The Reference Librarian’s priority is to support LPC students and may not be available to assist with reference questions and detailed searches.

Visiting student researchers may use the Library’s computers only when not in use by LPC students. High school students must check-in with the Reference Librarian before attempting to use the computers. There is a fee for printing from any computer. A PRINT CARD can be purchased from the bookstore or the GoPrint card dispenser in the Library.

Books

Circulating - Two Weeks
Reference - Library and Class Use Only
Reserves - 1 Hour/ 1 Day/ 3 Days/ 7 Days

Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers

Latest Issue - Library Use Only
Back Issues - Two Weeks

Audiovisual Materials

CDs and DVDs - One Week
Reserve AV - Library Use Only or 1 Day

Students, faculty and staff may have a maximum of ten (10) items (including any combination of periodicals, books, videos, CDs, or DVDs) checked out at one time. This includes up to two course reserve items checked out at the same time.

Laptops are only available for student use. The Library cannot lend laptop computers to administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, or members of the community.

You will be required to show a current LPC student picture ID to check out a laptop at the Circulation Desk of the Library.

You must schedule enough time to read and sign an LPC Loaner Laptop Computer Policy Form the first time you wish to borrow a laptop during the semester. You may download, print, read and sign the PDF form and bring it in with you to the Circulation Desk or ask for a copy at the desk. You will be asked to sign this policy the first time each semester that you checkout a laptop.

You must also sign a LPC Library Loaner Laptop Checkout Form each time you check out a laptop.

The laptops are available for a loan of four hours on campus. You will be charged $10.00/ hour for late laptops. Fees for damaged laptop equipment will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. IT Department personnel will establish the cost of repair that will be passed on to the student at fault. A replacement cost of $1,600 will be charged to any student who fails to return a laptop computer (damaged, lost or stolen). Fees for damaged or lost components: $69 for batteries; $39 for AC Power adapter; $59 laptop carrying case; internal components based on cost of replacement.

Please use the power cord while using the laptops.

Materials are automatically erased when the laptop is shutdown. Remember to save your materials before you return the laptops.

Click here to view a printable copy of the complete laptop checkout policy.

Library materials from LPC and Chabot Libraries can be renewed by several methods:

ONLINE: LPC and Chabot Library materials can be renewed over the online catalog if the borrower's account is in good standing. Account problems that may prevent an online renewal include:

  • reaching the maximum number of renewals - twice
  • fines and other library charges
  • a block initiated by Admissions and Records or Chabot Library because of an unpaid bill or other account problem
  • an upcoming expiration date in your borrower record--This can occur if you are no longer employed at the College or enrolled here as a student.
  • Overdue items that cannot be renewed via the Online Catalog such as reserve books, magazines and periodicals

BY TELEPHONE: Call the Library Circulation/Check Out Desk at (925) 424-1151.

IN PERSON: At the Circulation/Check Out Desk.

The following items CANNOT be renewed:

  • Items that have been requested by another patron. These items should be returned immediately to the Library on their due date.
  • Items that are normally non-circulating, but were loaned to you on an exception basis, such as Reference Materials.
  • Reserve items.
  • Overdue items
  • Items borrowed by Interlibrary Loan

Overdue notices are issued as a courtesy to all library users. However, non-receipt of an overdue notice does not exempt a borrower from applicable fines or billings. To avoid overdue notices, fines, and bills please renew your materials before the due date stamped in each item.

Fines per item:

  • 1 hour reserves - $.25 per hour
  • 1 day / 3 day / 7 day reserves - $1.00 per day
  • AV (Videos, DVDs, CDs, Tapes, etc.) - $1.00 per day
  • Books and Periodicals - $.25 per day

Fines should be paid at the Check-Out Desk, Building 2000, Learning Resources Building. For questions about an overdue notice or a library bill, consult the Library staff at the Check-Out Desk or call 925.424.1151. Outstanding library charges in excess of $5.00 will automatically block borrowing privileges. Outstanding library bills may also prevent registration for classes, graduation, or requests for transcripts. Payment by cash or check only.

Exceptions to the fines schedule may be made at the discretion of the Library Coordinator.

Student is responsible for lost or damaged items. Charges are determined by the replacement cost plus $10.00 for processing.

There is no food allowed in the library, including the library study rooms. Covered beverages are allowed.

The library is a quiet study area. Sound travels very well in the library, so voices, should be kept at a low whisper, unless you are in a classroom for a class session. If you would like to work with a group, you can reserve a group study room. However, the group study rooms are not sound proof, so keep your voices at a normal to low volume while inside. If you and/or your group become disruptive or are unable to maintain a low whisper, you will be asked to leave the library.

Las Positas Library classrooms, 2003 and 2033, are reserved for Las Positas College instructional sessions, with their primary purpose being library instruction. When not in-use for library instruction, these classrooms are available for booking by campus groups holding instructional sessions (ex. LPC classes, LPC sponsored workshops, LPC professional development, or hosted talks). These rooms are not intended to be used for non-instructional purposes or by anyone for non-LPC purposes.

Each classroom has computers at each seat and a teaching station with a whiteboard, computer, projector, and document viewer. Room 2033 has its own print station.

  • Booking must be made in advance.
  • Booking must be made by an LPC staff or faculty member.
  • The staff or faculty member must be present during the session.
  • The classrooms are open only during library hours.
  • To request a classroom reservation, fill out our library visit form.
  • No food is allowed in the library or the classrooms. Covered beverages okay.
  • Room must be returned to the original state (chairs returned to appropriate spots, whiteboard erased, trash thrown away, etc.) after use.
  • LPC librarians and library staff moderate the reservation of these two classrooms and reserve the right to refuse bookings.

The LPC Library (Building 2000) has eleven group study rooms available for LPC students, staff, and faculty to reserve for up to two hours per group, per day.  Click here to reserve a study room.

Keys to the room can be checked out by the person making the reservation at the check-out desk in the front of the library. LPC ID required.

Time Limits:  Maximum two hours per group per day.

*Groups that do not show up within 10 minutes of the start of the reservation are subject to losing that reservation.*

Occupancy: Minimum of 2 people per room; no single user sign up. Each room has a set maximum number of occupants allowed (see individual room details). DO NOT bring chairs from other areas into the study room.

Food/Drink: No food or drink (except water) allowed in study rooms.

Noise Level: Please keep noise level down; the rooms are not sound proof.

Clean Up: Please clean up after yourselves. A trash can is provided in each room. Whiteboard writing must also be erased before leaving the room. Rooms left dirty or damaged will be subject to fines.

Key: Only the person who booked the reservation may check-out and return the room key from the check-out desk. LPC ID is required to check-out the key. Keys returned late are subject to a $10/hour fine. Lost keys are subject to a $25 fine.

*The library reserves the right to cancel a reservation and/or ask individuals or groups to leave a study room if usage guidelines are violated.*

The primary purpose of the Library's collections is to support the educational programs of Las Positas College. For more information about how the collections are built and maintained, please see our Collection Development Policy.

In an effort to maintain a quiet study and learning environment for students, the library does not allow any non-library person or organization to leave materials, hand out flyers, or approach individuals inside the library in order to recruit, solicit, or market to library users. This includes students, faculty, organizations, clubs, military personnel, government agencies, etc.

The library will provide space for pre-approved flyers and hand-outs in the library entryway.

The reserve collection supports the instructional program by providing library resources, which are directly related to curricular offerings. The specific aims of this collection are to:

  1. Provide reserve materials as required or recommended and chosen by the faculty for student use whose use must be limited because of the high number of students who must access the material.

  2. Provide controlled use of materials whose format, value or high demand may make them candidates for theft, such as: most used college catalogs, District, LPC and Chabot handbooks, and other timely materials.

Instructional Reserve Policy

Faculty, college personnel, and professional staff may request that materials be placed in this collection, but ultimate responsibility for the reserve collection lies with the library faculty.

Due to restricted space for Reserve Materials, limitations must be placed on the numbers of reserves added for each instructor. All items on a particular subject cannot be removed from the general collection to be placed on reserve. Librarians will make the final decision on how many items can be removed from the Library collection to be placed on reserve.

If several instructors have the same items on reserve, students will have to abide by the shortest reserve period requested by an instructor.

Instructors who need to preview audiovisual reserves for class preparation, may check them out on Friday with the following Monday as the due date.

The Library will not borrow items from other libraries to place on reserve. The Librarians also will not lend items placed on reserve to students, staff, or faculty from other colleges or libraries.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Las Positas College Library is to promote excellence in information competency, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our diverse campus and community.

  1. We promote excellence in information competency by teaching and working with students, staff, faculty, and community users to develop the unique abilities to navigate today’s information landscape by effectively identifying information needs and then to finding, evaluating, and ethically using high-quality information to fulfill those needs.
  2. We inspire lifelong learning by providing free and open access to the research materials, tools, spaces, and information that support the educational mission of our campus along with those that aim to spark interests, expand horizons, and enrich the perspectives of our users.
  3. We strengthen our diverse campus and community by promoting the development of key skills and capabilities; providing dynamic resources; and creating safe and reliable places where we and our students can enjoy, honor, celebrate, and engage with our campus and society.

Statements of Philosophy & Intellectual Freedom

The Learning Resources Program exists to facilitate and improve learning by supporting and expanding the instructional capabilities of Las Positas College and providing students with the opportunity to develop information-seeking skills for self-directed studies and lifelong learning.

Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries Association of College & Research Libraries - An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

LPC Library formally recognizes that all records identifying the names, social security numbers, or I.D. number of library patrons and the library materials that they use are confidential in nature. Such records are not to be revealed to anyone other than the patron in question without either the express written permission of the patron in question or the adherence to proper legal and College procedures regarding required access to such information.

The American Library Association also provides a site, State Privacy Laws Regarding Library Records, which is a guide to understanding state library confidentiality laws.

The original Library Technology Plan was written by a library committee and submitted to the Faculty Senate in 1999. The technology issues discussed in that plan have been implemented. At present LPC Library adheres to the LPC Technology Department Standards and Policies, as modified to integrate with library services and student access.