Frequently Asked Questions

Borrowing & Renewing

Who can check out library materials?

Current Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach students, faculty, and staff can check out library materials. Non-students and community members can check out items which are currently in print by depositing for the amount of the item in cash plus a $10, all refundable, deposit for each item checked out. Another option is to obtain a referral from any Long Beach Public Library. There is a limit of two (2) items per non-Long Beach City College borrower. You need to show a set of identification cards, your public library card and a photograph identification to check out.

What do I need to check out library materials?

Your current student identification card is also your library card. Make sure you have a current semester student-services sticker affixed to the back of the card to show current proof of enrollment. If you do not have or forget your student identification card, we also accept your printout of classes plus your driver’s license or California identification card.

How many items can I check out?

Type Loan Period Renewal Fine Limit
Books, Plays, Paperbacks, CD-ROMs 21 days 2 To be assessed 20 (3 same call number)
Periodicals (unbound) 7 days 0 $0.25/day 5 (2 same title)
Music CDs 7 days 0 $0.25/day 3
Audio Books (Tapes and CDs) 7 days 0 $0.25/day 2
VHS Videos/DVDs 2 days 0 $2.00/day 2
College Catalogs 1 day 0 $0.25/day 2
Reference Books, Bound Periodicals, Newspapers Non-Circulating N/A N/A N/A
Reserve Collection: (In-house) To be assessed 0 $0.25/hour 2
Reserve Collection (Overnight) To be assessed 0 $3.00/day 2

Faculty Borrowing & Renewing

Books generally circulate to faculty for 120 days; faculty loans are subject to recall when there are other requests for the materials. Check [find proper link for WorldCat and view “My Record” to determine what materials are checked out to you. The Long Beach City College Libraries have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University Library at California State University Long Beach enabling eligible students, faculty, staff, and administrators to use both library systems. Please visit CSULB’s Information Guide for Reciprocal Borrowers web page for details and the established guidelines.

Do you have current textbooks for check out?

Current textbooks are housed in our Reserve Collection. These books, used in classes, are left with the Library by the instructors for their students. If a current textbook you need is not in our Reserve Collection, please talk to your instructor about placing a copy on reserve.

Where can I return library materials?

Books and periodicals checked out at either campus can be returned at either library. Music CDs, CD-ROMs, videos, college catalogs, and reserve items are returned to the Library where they were initially checked out. Items checked out at California State University Long Beach connected to the reciprocal-borrowing privilege must be returned at that institution.

How can I renew library materials?

Only books are renewable. You can renew items in by phone, and in person. To renew by phone, call (562) 938-4231 for the LAC Circulation Desk or (562) 938-3029 for the PCC Circulation Desk. In addition, you can also stop by the Circulation Desk any time during the Libraries’ open hours to renew materials. Items do not need to be present to renew in person. Please also refer to question “How many items can I check out?” for the circulation check-out policy.

Can my library card be used anywhere else?

You can use your card to check out materials at the LAC Library, PCC Library, and California State University Long Beach Library. Long Beach City College Library has a reciprocal agreement with the California State University Long Beach Library that allows borrowers to check out books and media. Reserve items, bound periodicals, remote access to electronic resources, and the library computer labs are not available to reciprocal Long Beach City College borrowers. Interlibrary Loan, borrowing items outside of our library system, is available to Long Beach City College students, faculty and staff for items not in our collection. Please refer to our Interlibrary Loan link.

How can I check out materials from California State University Long Beach?

California State University Long Beach allows current Long Beach City College students to check out materials at their Library. All you need is your Long Beach City College identification card. See the borrowing policy. Search COAST, the California State University Long Beach catalog, for available items before you go. Learn more about the California State University Long Beach Library.