FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND THE LIBRARY

The Cecil W. Robbins Library provides resources to support the instructional programs of Louisburg College. The library provides books, magazines, newspapers, microforms, and audio and videotapes to help you complete your course assignments. The library also provides computers with Internet access and a computer lab for library instruction.

The library staff welcomes you. We are always ready to help you find materials and to explain methods of exploring the library's resources. Student workers are usually on duty at the circulation desk. Student workers can help you with some questions. The librarians will help you with learning to use the library catalogs and indexes and with planning a search strategy when you do research. Ask us for help at any time.

1. Circulation Desk

The main circulation desk is located just inside the front door. Librarians or student workers will help you with the following procedures:

  • Check out and return books
  • Help with NCLive
  • Reserve books
  • Help with internet access
  • Pay fines for overdue books
  • Help with portal access
  • Help with the computer catalog
  • Help with Xerox machine

2. Checking Out a Book

Louisburg College students, faculty, and staff may check books out of the library. Student ID cards are also used as library cards. Books are checked out for two weeks.

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per book. Fines add up quickly, so return or renew your books on time! Ask at the circulation desk to renew your books and get a receipt showing the new due date. You may phone the library to renew books, but you are responsible for checking your library account to make sure that the books were renewed.

If another student is using the book you need, you may place a hold on the book. This means that when the book is returned we will hold the book for you at the circulation desk. We will call you to tell you the book is available.

All books are due before final exams. Students are billed for the replacement cost of lost books, plus a $10 processing fee per book. During the last week of each semester, student accounts are forwarded to the Business Office for collection. Students with overdue fines or unreturned materials will not receive their final grades at the end of the semester.

3. Library Online Catalog

The library has a computer catalog that lists the authors, titles, and subjects of books in the library. The computer catalog includes all books and videos owned by the library. It includes some audiovisual materials other than videos; however, for a complete listing of the library's AV collection, use the card catalog in the AV Department.

4. Circulating Books

The books on the second floor of the library may be checked out. The books are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. Guides to the LC classification system are posted in the library.

5. Reference Books

The books in the Reference section of the library give factual information on most any subject. Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, statistical handbooks, and other specialized reference tools.

Reference books remain in the library at all times. These books are all located on the first floor of the library. "Ref." is printed above the call number on reference books.

6. Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are books, homework reviews, practice tests, or periodical articles that instructors have assigned for use by an entire class. Most of these materials may be used only in the library. All reserves are kept at the circulation desk. Students must check out reserve materials and must return reserve materials to the circulation desk.

Some reserve materials may be checked out overnight. These items may be checked out thirty minutes before the library closes, and they are due the next day thirty minutes after the library opens. Overdue fines on reserve materials are $3.00 PER DAY, so please return materials on time.

7. North Carolina Collection

Books about North Carolina and its people are located in the small North Carolina room on the main floor. These books have "Car." above the call number. Some of the books are reference books and may not be checked out.

8. Periodicals (Magazines and Newspapers)

Periodicals are available in many different formats that are housed in various areas of the library. You will probably want to use a periodical index to identify which magazines have the information you need. This section gives a brief overview of periodical locations in the Cecil W. Robbins Library.

All periodicals are reference materials, which means that the periodicals cannot be checked out or taken out of the library. All periodicals can either be photocopied for ten cents per page or printed on a computer printer free of charge.

  • NC Live - available through the Internet, is the best source of current periodical information in the library. It provides indexing and full-text copies of thousands of periodicals.
  • Periodical Holdings List - This guide to the location of periodicals owned by the Cecil Robbins Library is located behind the circulation desk.
  • Current Newspapers and Magazines - The library subscribes to several daily newspapers and 55 magazines. The newest issue of each periodical is kept on the slanted shelving in the north corner of the library.
  • Bound Periodicals - Bound volumes of magazines are stored in the library's basement. They are arranged in alphabetical order by magazine title.
  • Microfilm - A microfilm reader is located on the east side of the library near the stairs. Microfilm is located in the cabinets on either side of the microfilm reader and is arranged in alphabetical order by periodical title.

9. Copy Machines and Computer Printers

A photocopy machine is located outside the computer lab. Copies cost ten cents/page. The machines accept dollar bills and silver change.

Printing from the library's computers is free for school-related materials. Library computers are connected to the network printer located outside the lab. Computers in the lab print to the network printer, also located outside the lab.

10. Library Computer Use and The Title III Computer Lab

Use of the Library‘s Internet computers is on a first-come, first-served basis. The time limit is 30 minutes per session. During peak research times, it may be necessary to limit Internet sessions in order to accommodate all users.

Users may not install any files, software, databases, etc. to the Library computers. In order to maintain the integrity and maximum efficiency of the computers, the Library uses software that deletes all files and downloaded programs on a daily basis. Users may download material to a CD or flash drive.

The Internet can access valuable information from around the world. However, Internet resources may contain controversial material. Selection policies governing the Library‘s purchase of materials are not applicable to material accessed electronically via the Internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Each individual user must take responsibility for his/her own activities on the Internet.

The Title III Computer Lab located at the north end of the library is primarily used for class, library and technology instruction. Students may use the lab during the day if no classes are scheduled. A class schedule will be posted daily.

Study Areas

Study tables and carrels are located on both the main floor and balcony. The quietest study area is in the carrels in the northeast corner of the balcony. To make good use of your study time, find a table or study carrel away from the front door and stairs. Sit at a table by yourself, and you will accomplish more during your study time.

Quiet is observed at all hours in the library.

Study Hall Policy

Robbins Library welcomes all students to use its resources to complete academic assignments and for quiet study. Student groups or teams that use the library for study hall purposes are asked to send a proctor or coach to monitor group study hall sessions. This assistance ensures adherence to the library's noise and computer use policies.

Audiovisual Department

The Audiovisual Center is located on the lower level of the library. Access is through the coffee area in the northwest corner.

Students may check out videos/DVDs for two days; overdue fines are $3.00 per day.

Replacement cost plus a $10 processing fee is charged for lost videos/DVDs.

Scanning is available.

DVDs may be duplicated if the original DVD has been burned on the AV computer.

Interlibrary loan of 16 mm film/videos from the State Library