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Addlestone Library is accessible only to College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff, Friends of the Library, or those with appointments for services offered in the library. NEW Cougar Cards, FOL cards, or appointment emails are required for entry. Face coverings and social distancing are also required. Virtual services for all College Libraries continue to be available at answers.library.cofc.edu.

Circulation Services: Borrowing Information

Who Can Borrow What and For How Long

Currently enrolled College of Charleston students, faculty, staff, who have a valid College of Charleston ID may borrow circulating materials, as well as Friends of the Library and affiliate members with valid identification. Students may borrow circulating material during the summer and between the fall and spring semester if they have not graduated and present an identification card from the previous semester.

*CofC Students, Faculty, and Staff​ (Affiliate borrowing information can be found here.)

Material Type Borrowing Period (amount limit) Renewals Overdue Fines (maximum)
Browsing Books All patrons - 14 days No renewals $0.10/day ($10 max.)

General Collection (stacks,

juvenile books, Curriculum Lab)

Undergraduate - 28 days (no limit on amount)

Graduate - 60 days (no limit on amount)

Faculty - 180 days (no limit on amount)

Limit 2 renewals $0.10/day ($10 max.)
Media Collection All patrons - 3 days (3 item limit) No renewals Media $3/day ($30 max.)
Microforms None N/A N/A
Periodicals Special Permission Only N/A N/A
Reference Collection Special Permission Only N/A N/A
Reserve Materials Varies by item No renewals Varies by item
Special Collections Special Permission Only N/A N/A
Technology Items Varies by item No renewals Varies by item
PASCAL Books 6 Weeks 6 Weeks Varies by item
Interlibrary Loan Items Varies by Item Varies Varies by item

Library Borrowing Policy

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For Checkout Office Supplies for Use
  • 30 MacBook Airs (check availability)
  • 5 iPod Touches
  • 4 Kindles
  • 3 Digital Cameras
  • 2 Projectors
  • Calculators (Scientific and Graphing)
  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Laptop Chargers
  • Network Cables
  • DVI Cables
  • Dry erase markers
  • Mini DVI to Lighting Adapter
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
  • Lightning to USB Camera Adapter
  • Lightning to HDMI Adapter
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader
  • USB Type C (USB-C)
  • HDMI to HDMI
  • HDMI to MiniDisplay Port
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Lightning Cable
  • GoPro Camera and Accessories
  • Blue Yeti USB Microphone
  • DVD Drives
  • 1 TB Hard Drives
  • Scissors
  • Staplers
  • Heavy duty stapler
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Whiteout 
  • Rubber bands
  • Envelopes 

Fines

Before materials are checked out, a patron’s status is checked (including fines, lost material, number of overdue materials, bad check-ins expiration date, inactive borrower, manually delinquent, number of claims returned, and valid class code). If any of these checks show a delinquency, the patron may be blocked from checking out any more materials. Fines are charged for circulating materials returned after the due date. Fines are calculated when items are returned.

Circulating Materials Cost

Maximum Fine

Grace Period

Overdues $0.10/day

$10.00

2 days

Recalls $0.10/day

$10.00 None

Due one week after date due on recall notice

Media $3/day

$30.00

None

Technology – varies by item

May exceed $100.00

Varies by item

 

How to Pay

Cash, Check, Cougar Cash, Credit Card (Online $45)

When a student accrues $3.00 or more in fines, no further check out is permitted until all fines are paid. Students who fail to pay fines or charges for lost or damaged books will be billed through the Treasurer, and the Registrar will be notified not to release documents until all library charges are paid. Students with long overdue book fees may be sent to the Honor Board.   

All patrons are personally responsible for the loss or damage to the books that are checked out in their name. The library is not responsible for returned books that are left in boxes unattended in hallways, doorways, tables, or delivered anywhere except the circulation desk or the official College of Charleston book drops. The library charges a replacement fee for lost or damaged books. The fee varies based on the value of the book.  Books that are not returned within 90 days of check out are presumed lost and the patron will be billed appropriately. If the patron returns the book(s), the book replacement fee will be waived, but the patron still owes the $10.00 late fee. If a patron loses five or more items, lending privileges are automatically reviewed and may be suspended. Exceptions will be made in cases of inclement weather.

Loss or Damage

All patrons are personally responsible for the loss or damage to the materials that are checked out in their name. The library is not responsible for returned materials that are left in boxes unattended in hallways, doorways, tables, or delivered anywhere except the circulation desk or the official College of Charleston book drops. Media should be returned to the Circulation desk and not placed in the book drops. The library charges a replacement fee for lost or damaged material. The fee varies based on the value of the material.  Books that are not returned within 90 days of check out are presumed lost and the patron will be billed appropriately. If the patron returns the book(s), the book replacement fee will be waived, but the patron still owes the $10.00 late fee. Media has a shorter loan period and a higher maximum fine.  If a patron loses five or more items, lending privileges are automatically reviewed and may be suspended.

Disputing Fines

Before disputing your fine, remember that:

  • All books are stamped as patrons checkout at the Circulation desk. It is the patron’s responsibility to know when all items are to be returned.
  • You are responsible for any library materials checked out on your record, even if your card has been lost or stolen.
  • You may contact the Circulation department and make arrangements before an item is due. 843.953.8001

If you feel that you have a valid fine dispute claim, complete the fine dispute form and the Library will be in touch with you.

You cannot appeal a fine because of:

  • A lack of knowledge of our policies (borrowing policy)
  • Being out of town
  • Failure to receive library notices of any kind
  • Failure to notify the library and Cougar Card Services of a lost Cougar Card/library card in a timely manner
  • Checking out books for someone else

Renew

CofC Libraries' Patrons may renew materials online through their My Library Account or by contacting the circulation desk by phone (843.953.8001) or in person. If items are overdue, patrons must return them and pay all fines before renewing. 

Return

Circulating books from the general and browsing collections may be returned to the Circulation Desk or one of the book drops located at the Rivers Greene entrance and the AD parking lot off Pitt Street.

All other items (technology, reserves, etc.) must be returned to a staff member at the Circulation Desk. 

Current Laptop Availability

Spring 2021 Laptop Policies & Guidelines

For the Sping 2021 semester, Macbook Airs will be circulated with a one-week checkout period. The laptops are available only to CofC students on a first-come, first-served basis at the Access and Instruction Desk.

*Subject to change as the College continues to make policy and procedure adjustments for Covid-19.

 

Laptop Checkout Guidelines for Spring 2021

The College requires all students to have their own laptop computer.

If you have a temporary need, library laptops are available for 7-day checkout to College of Charleston Students with a valid Cougar Card.

Library laptop loans are NOT RENEWABLE. There is a $25/day fee for laptops returned late. 

By checking out a library laptop and accessories, the individual acknowledges that he/she will be responsible for any theft of or damage to the device and accessories while checked out to that individual. Individuals should report any theft, loss, or damage to the Access and Instruction Desk immediately.

All files or data created on the laptop need to be preserved in a storage medium, such as a USB drive, cloud storage, etc., before shutting down and returning the device as the device’s storage is wiped upon shutdown.

Should the MacBook Air ask for a password, just click "return" to continue. 

If you cannot enter the building due to COVID-19-related concerns and are in need of a library laptop, please call the Access and Instruction Desk at 843-953-8000.

If you require a laptop for longer than 7 days, please contact the IT Service Desk at help.cofc.edu. The IT Service Desk has a limited number of long-term loaners if your laptop is broken or if you are unable to purchase a required laptop due to financial hardship. For more information about the College’s laptop requirement, please visit Laptop Requirement - College of Charleston.

Library Laptop Return Procedure and Replacement Fees

MacBook Airs must be returned in person at the Access and Instruction Desk. Laptops will be sanitized and checked for damage prior to being checked in. If you cannot enter the building due to COVID-19-related concerns and need to return your laptop, please call the Access and Instruction Desk at 843-953-8000.

Please remove all personal data from the laptop prior to returning it to the Access and Instruction Desk. All personal data will be removed and the original default library image restored as soon as the laptop is returned to the library.

The MacBook Air has special software on the computer that removes unwanted files and spyware and keeps the laptop operating for all students. Every time the computer is shut down or restarted, it will delete anything the user has on the computer. It is important to know this and that you should NOT RESTART the computer if you are working on a project until you have saved it to a USB drive, Google drive, or storage other than the laptop hard drive.

Laptops that are severely overdue or feared lost or stolen may be subject to remote locking and wiping to prevent information theft or to assist with recovery.  

Access and Instruction Desk staff will check laptops and accessories upon return and any/all fees will be assessed.

Replacement Fees (all replacement fees are subject to an additional $10 processing charge.)

  • Macbook Air  - $999.00.

  • Minimum damage fee - $79.00

  • Laptop sleeve - $25.00

  • Laptop hard cases - $25.00

  • Power adapter - $79.00

Please contact the Access and Instruction Desk (library@cofc.edu / 843.953.8001) or return the laptop if you experience any problems.

Access & Instruction Desk staff can only provide limited laptop support, especially remotely. More extensive assistance will be referred to IT Support Services at help.cofc.edu.

My Library Account - click to view a list of and renew your current College and PASCAL books.

Contact Us

Circulation and Shelving Department

843-953-8001

Brandon Lewter
Access Services Coordinator

(843) 953-4982

Will Breard
Circulation and Shelving Manager 

(843) 953-8004