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Borrowing Library Materials FAQs
What is Universal Borrowing (UB)?
Who is eligible to use Universal Borrowing (UB)?
What types of material are available?
How long can I check out a book?
Will I be charged fines for overdue items?
What if I lose an item?
When will I expect to receive books I have requested?
How can I check the status of my request?
How will I know when my books arrive?
Can I place a hold on a book that is checked out on another campus library?
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Universal Borrowing is a service that allows Ventura County Community College District students, faculty and staff to borrow books directly from one of the campus libraries. Requests are made through the library catalog. In addition, MC students, faculty and staff will be able to request books and have them delivered to their campus library through the library catalog.
A: All currently enrolled Ventura County Community College District students, faculty, and staff may use the service.
A: Regular and oversized books that normally circulate on a campus are eligible for universal borrowing. CDs, DVDs, periodicals, textbooks on Reserve, journal articles, reference and special collection materials are not available through this service.
A: For books, it is a 21-day loan period for students and a 48-day loan period for faculty and staff. Audio-visual materials (CDs, DVDs, and videos) are not eligible for universal borrowing. Students may renew their materials once with a limit of 5 items at one time.
A: Libraries will charge fines for overdue items, and will charge a lost/processing fee in addition to those fines for lost items and non-returned materials.
A: Fines and overdue notices for lost and non-returned items will be sent to you from the lending library and will be based on the lending library’s policies.
A: Most materials will be received within 3 to 7 days of the request date.
A: You can check the status of your request (s) as well as your circulation account on your circulation record in the library catalog. Click on the My Account button at the top of the main search screen. You may also cancel requests and renew your items via My Account.
A: You will be notified by phone or e-mail when books are available.
A: You may place a hold on a book from your campus but it is not possible to place holds or recalls on materials from another VCCCD campus library.