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Reference Desk

Mission & Purpose StatementThe mission of the Black Hawk College Library is to provide quality services and collections for our students, faculty, and college community that support academic success, advance information literacy, and promote life-long learning.The Black Hawk College Library will:

• Offer an accessible and organized collection of resources in a variety of formats that supports the instructional programs offered by the College.
• Provide a variety of services that are user-centered and promote an appreciation of diversity.
• Educate and inform students, faculty, and the college community regarding access to information to foster information literacy and promote life-long learning.
• Provide a dedicated, professional, service-oriented staff.
• Collaborate with faculty and others to develop innovative services and programs.
• Cooperate with other libraries and consortia in sharing resources to provide optimal access to resources.
• Provide a facility that is accessible, comfortable, and learning-centered.
Borrowing Privileges

A current BHC library card, with account in good-standing, is required to borrow materials from the library.

The BHC Quad Cities Campus Library will issue a card to current BHC faculty, staff, and students enrolled in credit-bearing courses. These patrons can borrow from the Library’s local collection, Reserves, and can utilize interlibrary loan services.

About library cards:
• Student cards are valid for one academic year.
• Cards may be renewed annually if patron is in good standing.
• The cost is free. However, there is a $2.00 fee to replace a lost or stolen card. Lost or stolen cards should be promptly reported to the Library.
• Cardholders are fully responsible for all library materials checked out on their card, including replacement cost of materials and any processing fees.
• Card holders may borrow a maximum of four (4) books per subject area.
• Failure to pay any library fines, fees, or charges will result in the loss of library privileges and a possible hold on student account.
• Card holders must notify the Library of any changes in contact information.
• Policies and fees are subject to change.

Community Borrowers

The BHC Quad Cities Campus Library will issue a restricted-use library card to residents of the Black Hawk College District #503 who are at least 18 years of age and live in an area that is not taxed for public library use. These patrons can borrow materials from the Library’s local collection. Privileges do not include borrowing through the PrairieCat consortium, Reserves, interlibrary loan services, or off-campus access to research databases.

To obtain a community borrower library card, bring a valid Illinois driver’s license or state ID with your current address and complete a library card application at the Library Check Out desk.

Your Library Account

To login to the PrairieCat library catalog follow these steps:

1. Click Login in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
2. Enter your library barcode number and PIN. The first time you login, enter the last 4 digits of your barcode number as your PIN.
3. It is recommended that you change your PIN after your first login by using the Modify PIN option within My Account.
4. From the My Account menu, you may view your library account, pay fines, request items, track holds, and renew items.

Loan Period and Limits

• Books = 3 weeks; limit of 4 items per subject area
• DVDs = 7 days; limit of 2
• Reserve items = 2 hour, 24 hour, 2 day, 3 day or 7 day
• Renewals are permitted if not requested by another patron.
• Reference materials may be available for 24 or 48 hour loan with permission from a librarian.
• Periodicals, except for the most recent issue and Allied Heath, are available for 7 days.

Returning Items

Materials can be returned at the Check Out Desk or the book drops located by the entrance to the Library and by the east entrance to Building 1. With the exception of Reserve items and DVDs, library materials may be returned at any library in the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Overdue and Lost Materials

It is the cardholder’s responsibility to return Library materials on time. Fines vary according to material type and lending library. If materials are overdue, damaged, or lost, the following fines and fees will be charged:

• Books = $0.10 per day
• Magazines = $0.25 per day
• Reserves = $1 per day
• Interlibrary loans = $1 per day
• DVDs = $1 per day
• Maximum overdue fine = $10 per item for PrairieCat, $20 for ILL
• Lost items = replacement cost + $10 processing fee (if out of print: $45 + $10 fee)
• Damage = assessed according to extent of damage

Fines and bills for lost or unreturned items will be entered on the student financial record at the BHC Business Office. A library card with delinquent fines or bills cannot be used to borrow materials from BHC or other libraries in the PrairieCat system.

Facilities and Services

Group Study Rooms

There are four group study rooms available in the Library. The following policies apply to the group study rooms:

• Small group study rooms (maximum occupancy of 4) are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
• Large group study room (maximum occupancy 12) is available for reservation to students, faculty and staff. When no reservations are present, the room is available on a first-come-first-served basis.
• Preference will be given to student groups of 2 or more.
• Time-limit is three hours per day.
• No food or drink allowed.
• Rooms must be left in a clean and orderly condition.

Food and Drink

Covered drinks are allowed but in the event materials or equipment are damaged, Library users will be financially responsible for repairs and/or replacements. There is no food allowed in the study rooms or near the computers. Dry snacks are permitted. The Library reserves the right to request students return food to their bags or remove it from the premises.

Printing and Copying

Costs for printing and photocopies are as follows:

• Black and white: $0.05 per page
• Color: $0.50 per page

Payment for these services is cash only.

Library users must be in compliance with BHC’s policy on the Use of Copyright Materials found in the Student Handbook.


A pay per use fax machine is available in the Library for lines within the U.S. The cost to send and receive a fax is $1.00 per page, cash only.