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|Mission & Purpose Statement
The 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.
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:
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.
Loan Period and Limits
• Books = 3 weeks; limit of 4 items per subject area
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
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.
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
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.