Mission and Purpose

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 lifelong 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 lifelong 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 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.

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 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 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 I-Share 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.

I-Share account
You must have a BHC Library card (NOT a public library card) to create an I-Share account. You can renew checked out items, and check the status of requested material on your account page.

    • To login to your account, go to the BHC Library homepage.
    • Click on the ‘Search the Catalog’ button.
    • Click on Login in the upper right-hand corner of the catalog page.
    • Enter the barcode number from your BHC Library card (no spaces).
    • Enter the last name on your library card application.
    • Click ‘login’.

Loan periods

  • Books = 4 weeks. Limit of four (4) items per subject area.
  • DVDs = 7 days. Limit of two (2).
  • Reserve items = 2 hours, 24 hours, 2 days, 3 days or 7 days.
  • 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 seven (7) days.

Returning items
Materials can be returned at the Check Out Desk or the book drops located by the entrance to the Quad-Cities Campus Library. With the exception of Reserve items and DVDs, library materials may be returned at any library in the I-Share consortium.

Overdue and lost materials
It is the card holder’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:

  • Reserves = $1 per day
  • Interlibrary loans = $1 per day
  • DVDs = $1 per day
  • Maximum overdue fine = $10 per item for BHC, $20 for Worldcat
  • 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 I-Share system. Fines and fees for items borrowed from other I-Share libraries will be billed directly to the patron by the lending library. The patron is responsible for paying fines and fees directly to the lending library.

Facilities and Services

Group study rooms
There are four group study rooms available in the Quad-Cities Campus Library. The following policies apply to the group study rooms:

  • Small group study rooms (maximum occupancy of four) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Large group study room (maximum occupancy 12) is available for reservations to groups of students, faculty or 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 two 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
Black Hawk College students may print for free in the Library as long as they are in compliance with the following:

  1. Printing must be for academic purposes
  2. Printing must be in black and white.
  3. Printing must be in compliance with BHC’s policy in the Use of Copyright Materials found in the Student Handbook.
  4. Only release or cancel print jobs that belong to you.
  5. Powerpoint slides must be printed at a minimum of 3 slides per page.

Non-academic printing and printing by community guests will be charged $0.05 per slide.

The Library reserves the right to cancel print jobs or revoke privileges to those found to be in violation of these policies.

The Library’s fax machine may be used to fax up to 5 pages to lines within the United States.