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The Cosumnes River College Library is a support service promoting college and life-long learning. The library gives students access to a world of information. Library staff is here to help; please ask if you need assistance with finding or using library material.

Your Student Access Card is your library card. When using it, you agree to abide by Cosumnes River College's Library Borrowing Policy. You are responsible for any library items that are borrowed on your card.

Policy Sections

Checking out Library Materials

For information on borrowing materials during the campus closure, please see our guide on Library Research, Support, and Instruction During a Campus Closure.

Visit the Circulation Desk at your campus library to check out materials. Bring your Student Access Card or Employee ID card every time you plan to borrow library materials. This card serves as your library card.

If your card is lost or stolen, report this immediately to library staff. You are responsible for all library items checked out on your card and any fines and fees that those items may accrue. Do not lend your card to anyone.

Borrowing Limits

Borrowing limits are how many library items you can check out at a time. You may check out the following number of each type of library material:

Materials Borrowing Limit
Circulating Books 12
Circulating Media (DVDs, videos, etc.) 3
2 Hour Reserve Items 2
1, 3, 7, and 14 Day Reserve Items 2
1 Semester Reserve Items 2

Loan Periods

Loan periods indicate how long you can borrow a library item. Loan periods range from two hours to three weeks depending on the item. All library materials are due back by the last day of the semester.

Materials Loan Periods
Circulating Books 3 weeks
Circulating Media (DVDs, videos, etc.) 1 week
Periodicals (newspapers, magazines, etc.) Use in Library Only (may vary by college)
Reference Materials Use in Library Only
Reserve Materials Varies (2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, 7 days or 1 semester)

Note: If you do not know when your library item is due, you can check online at My Library Account.

Renewing Library Material

You may find you need to use an item a little longer. Here’s how library materials may be renewed.

Materials Renewal
Circulating Books The first renewal is automatic.  After the first renewal you can renew online or in person as needed through the end of the current semester.
Circulating Media (DVDs, videos, etc.) The first renewal is automatic.  After the first renewal you can renew online or in person as needed through the end of the current semester.
Reserve Items No renewals are allowed.

If another user requests an item you have borrowed, renewals will not be allowed and the item must be returned by the due date specified.

Returning Library Material

All items should be returned on or before the due date, and all items will be due by or before the end of the current semester. Circulating items may be returned to any campus library but reserve items must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.

You can return books in the dropboxes at the edge of campus.

Overdue Fines

If items are returned after the due date or time, overdue fines may be charged. For circulating items (books and media), fines are only charged if another user requests the item and you fail to return it by the due date specified.

Materials Fine
Circulating Books and Media Fines are only charged on circulating items if the item is recalled and you fail to return it by the due date. $0.25 per day/ maximum of $15 per item
2 Hour Reserve Materials $1.00 per hour/ maximum of $50
1, 3, 7, and 14 Day Reserve Materials $1.00 per hour/ maximum of $50

For items that are lost, stolen, or never returned to the library, you will be charged the replacement cost of the material plus a processing fee. These charges may be assessed in addition to overdue fines.

 Non-payment of fines or failure to return checked out material will result in a block on your college record that could affect your ability to register for classes or other college-related activities. Library fines may be paid at any of the four Los Rios college libraries.

Paying Fines

Please note that during the Campus Closure, the Library is only able to accept fine/fee payment with prearrangement. For students who continue to be enrolled in classes, due dates for items borrowed in spring 2020 or fall 2020 have been extended to avoid penalties or fines. For questions regarding fines or fees, on your library account, please contact the Circulation desk (916) 691-7266 or email a librarian at

Appealing Fines

The CRC Library makes every effort to regulate fines according to well-defined standards.  Each library patron is responsible for their card and any items checked out on that card. You have the right to appeal library charges if you feel fines or fees have been inappropriately applied to your account or if mitigating circumstances affected your ability to return items on time. Appeals must be made within 30 days after the billing date.

 Fines will be fully waived if there is clear and valid evidence that the material was returned on time.

Fines may be waived or decreased if there is clear and valid evidence that you were unable to renew or return items because of circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, bereavement, accident, or similar circumstances. 

If you are submitting an appeal based on such circumstances, you must provide supporting documentation, such as a doctor’s note that includes the dates of illness/sudden surgery or a death certificate or notice that proves your relationship to the deceased. NOTE: The dates on supporting documentation must correspond to the late period for the items in question.

Fines will NOT be waived for the following reasons (Note: this is not an all-inclusive list):

  • Ignorance of due dates and library policies
  • Late or non-receipt of the courtesy overdue notices
  • Failure to return the item on time due to forgetfulness or inconvenience
  • Failure to notify the Library that your library card was stolen before the due date
  • Another person used your card, with or without your permission, to borrow library materials
  • Unsupported claims that verbal or online renewals were made but not recorded
  • Item lent to someone else and he/she returned it late or failed to return it
  • Item was returned via mail and was received late or failed to arrive
  • No memory of checking out item; did not use item; or, did not find item useful
Appeal Process

If you want to appeal a fine, first contact the Library Circulation desk at (916) 691-7266 to discuss your situation.

If you cannot resolve the issue with a library staff member and wish to carry the appeal further, please complete and submit the Library Fine/Fee Appeal Form, attaching any necessary supporting documents. Your appeal will be carefully reviewed and investigated by a Library Fines Appeal Committee. This review process may take time. You will be notified of the Committee's decision via mail and/or your Los Rios gmail account.


Reserve materials are located behind the Library Circulation Desk. The Reserves collection consists primarily of textbooks and required class readings. Most of these items are donated by professors, thus the library does not have copies of every textbook. Reserve materials have a shorter loan period so that more students have access to them.

You may only borrow two (2) reserve items at a time. Most reserve items, especially textbooks, have a 2-hour borrowing period and may only be used in the library. A limited number of reserve items may have longer loan periods. Make sure to check the due times and/or date when borrowing reserve items.

Reserve items cannot be placed on hold; they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve items from other Los Rios college libraries cannot be requested. You may go to the Los Rios campus library which owns the item to use it.

You can search for reserve materials in OneSearch by your professor's last name (e.g. SMITH), by course title (e.g. ENGWR 300), or textbook title. Write down the item's call number (e.g. E184.C5 B432 2003) and take it to the Library Circulation Desk. Staff will pull the reserve book for you. Remember to return your reserve items before they are due to avoid overdue fines.

Remember to return your reserve items before they are due to avoid overdue fines.

Overdue Fines for Reserve Materials:
Reserve Fine
2-hour Reserve $1.00 per hour - maximum of $50.00 per item or replacement cost (whichever is greater)
1-day Reserve $1.00 per day - maximum of $50.00 per item or replacement cost (whichever is greater)
3-day Reserve $1.00 per day - maximum of $50.00 per item or replacement cost (whichever is greater)

Magazines and Periodicals

CRC Library subscribes to many magazines, journals, newspapers. Current issues of these print periodicals are available on our magazine display and newspaper rack for browsing and reading.

Older issues of the displayed periodicals are stored behind the hinged shelves underneath the display. Simply pull up the hinged shelves to see the older issues. Older issues of newspapers are behind the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Circulation Desk for the date you want.

All of the above physical periodical collections must be used in the library; they are not available for check-out, but photocopies can be made.

In addition to the physical periodical collection, access to online periodicals and articles is available 24/7 through the library’s online research databases.

In the library online research databases, full text availability of articles is determined by a legal contract between the periodical publisher and the database provider. Speak with a reference librarian for more options to find a full text article if it cannot be found via the library online research databases.

Requesting Items

If you want a library item that is already checked out by another person or is owned by another LRCCD Library, you may request it by placing a hold through OneSearch. Look up the item in OneSearch, sign in at the top right, and click the Request button on the item record. Fill out the form and submit. You will be notified that your request is ready for pick-up through your Los Rios Gmail account. You may also check My Library Account online.

You cannot request materials on Reserve. If a reserve item is owned by another LRCCD college, you may go to that library to use the material. You must have a current Student Access Card to check out material from any LRCCD Library.

Interlibrary Loans

If you want an item not owned by the CRC library or by any of our sister colleges, you may request a free interlibrary loan. You must have a current, activated Student Access Card to use this service.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

As with any library materials, you are responsible for any overdue fines, cost of damage, or loss of borrowed materials.

Friends of the Library

If you are not a LRCCD student, faculty, staff, you may apply for a "Friends of the Cosumnes River College Library" card, which includes borrowing privileges at CRC. Fill out the Friends of the Cosumnes River College Library application form, available at the Circulation Desk.

If your card is lost or stolen, report this immediately to library staff. You are responsible for all library items checked out on your card and any fines and fees that those items may accrue. Do not lend your card to anyone.

Locker Borrowing Policy

The Library will deliver pick up requests for books, videos, and other library materials through no-contact pickup lockers. The following outlines the borrowing process for locker pickups.

  • The lockers are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. The lockers will be locked up at all other times.
  • The lockers are located in the Business and Social Science (BS) building near the Disabled Support Programs and Services office in room BS-104.
  • Items delivered through a locker will be checked out to the borrower through the library system before delivery to the locker.
  • When library items are ready for pickup, instructions will be sent from the locker system to the borrower’s email.
  • The borrower may view the checkout term and due date through their My Account login.
  • The borrower may cancel the request anytime, even if they have received a pickup notification.
  • Borrowers have five days after they have received a pickup notification to pick up their library items from the locker.
  • If the borrower does not pick up the item from the locker during the allotted time, the item will be removed from the locker. It will be marked as “returned” on the borrower’s library record and become available to other patrons.

All other borrowing policies and terms apply to items delivered through the no-contact pickup lockers.

Find out more about the library pickup lockers in our FAQ: Where are the library lockers and how do I use them?