Library Policies and Guidelines
Circulating books and government documents check out for four weeks. Items may be renewed for four additional weeks.
Audiovisual materials can be checked out by students for use in classroom presentations only. Faculty may check out audiovisuals for on- and off-campus use.
Reserve materials placed by faculty for student use are located at the circulation desk. Students must leave their student IDs when reserve materials are checked out. Reserve materials may not leave the library. They are for in-house use only.
Interlibrary loan materials may be checked out for the time period stipulated by the lending library.
Reference, genealogy, and periodicals do not circulate.
Fines are 10¢ a day per book. Reserve materials and interlibrary loan books have a $1.00 per day fine.
All materials must be returned and all fines must be paid by the last day of the exam period. Holds will be placed on all College records of students who have not complied.
The Blaine S. Kern Library welcomes the community-at-large to use its resources when visiting the library. Off-campus use of materials is restricted to the OLHCC community.
Public access to library computers is limited to adults and high school students who sign in at the circulation desk.
Borrowing privileges are extended to graduate students (CALL) and faculty (LALINC) whose institutions participate in Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium (LALINC) and Council on Academic Libraries Liaison (CALL). The borrowing card must be obtained from the borrower's home library.
Borrowing privileges are extended to members of the Friends of the Blaine S. Kern Library at specified membership levels.
Silence is to be observed in all areas of the library except group study.
Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or set on vibrate.
Food and Drink
Food is not allowed in the library. Students may bring covered drinks into the library; however, all trash must be placed in garbage cans or removed from the library. Spills should be reported to a librarian.
No form of tobacco is allowed in the library.
Children (elementary school and younger) must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting the library.
As per the OLHCC College Student Handbook, "There should be no children on campus attending classes with their parents or left unsupervised by their parent or guardian. If children are found in any area of the College unsupervised, the parent or guardian will be located to bring the child to an appropriate location off campus."
Patrons with Disabilities
The Library complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act as stated in the OLHCC publication "Students with Disabilities: a Handbook for Faculty, Staff, and Students."
As per Article III of the American Library Association Code of Ethics "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."
The Library complies with the U.S copyright law as stated in Title 17 of the U.S. Code.