Frequently Asked Questions
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  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)How do I get a Library Card?
 

Beginning fall semester 2002, the college instituted the use of a College ID Card.  This ID card is free to students and is made available by staff in Student Services.   An important feature of the College ID is the picture.  When you bring this card to the Brewer Library and/or the Huntsville Campus Library, Circulation staff will update your existing Borrower Record and place a barcode on the student ID.  This ID will then be your Library Card as well as your Student ID card.

If you are a new student and have never registered a Borrower Record, you will be asked to fill out a Borrower Application.  Borrower information will be entered by library staff to create a library borrower record.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)How do I find items in the libraries?
 

Most of the Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library materials are included in the Library Catalog, found on the main Brewer Library/Huntsville Campus Library Web page. The Library Catalog is searchable by keyword, title, author, and subject.

The Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library shelves are organized by the Library of Congress classification scheme.  You may also browse the print collection for relevant materials.

The Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library journal and periodical print collections are not cataloged, but can be browsed alphabetically on the shelves.

You can also find online books, journals, newspapers, encyclopedias and more materials via the Online databases and EBSCOhost ebooks.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)How do I check out a print book
 

You must have a library card whether you are a student, staff or faculty.  To check out books, take your books to the circulation desk. You may check out a total of ten (10) items including:

  • books from the regular collection
  • up to 2 new or popular books collection
  • up to 4 books on tapes/CD, or
  • 4 reserve items
  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Do I need to bring any documentation other than my College ID Card when I come to the Brewer Library and/or Huntsville Campus Library?
 

Yes, students on your first visit to the Brewer Library or Huntsville Campus Library each semester, please bring your current semester schedule of classes to confirm your enrollment status along with your College ID.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Do I really need a Student ID card?
 

Yes. Beginning fall semester 2002, Calhoun Community College enacted a Student ID system. It is important that you check the schedule for times and locations when Student IDs will be made on your campus or site, and set aside time to have an ID made. You will not be required to have a new ID made each semester.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Where do I get a Student ID made?
 

The schedule and location for getting a Student ID made varies by campus or site. To get the latest information, go to the Calhoun Community College Web site and find Student ID Card system under Student Services.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I check books out of the Brewer Library if I take classes in Huntsville?
 

As long as you are a currently enrolled student at Calhoun Community College you can apply for and use your library card at the Brewer Library or Huntsville Campus Library. A C Number is required.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes) Are the Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library open on weekends?
 

Brewer Library Hours  Decatur Campus
Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Huntsville Campus Library Hours Huntsville Campus
Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Saturday: 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Closed Summers) and
Sunday Closed

  Does the library have textbooks?
 

Both libraries have selected textbooks, but not all textbooks, on reserve for in-library use. Check here for a list of Textbooks on Reserve.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I check out books from the Library at A&M? Athens State? Drake State? UA Huntsville?
 

Currently enrolled students and current employees and faculty have the following access: 

Alabama A&M University…with a current Calhoun schedule, at NO CHARGE.  Students are allowed two (2) books for a period of three weeks with one renewal.

Athens State University…with a current Calhoun schedule, at NO CHARGE. Students are allowed three (3) books for a period of three weeks with two (2) renewals.

J.F. Drake State Technical College . . . with a current Calhoun schdedule, at NO CHARGE. Students and faculty are permitted up to five (5) books for a period of 3 weeks with no renewal.

UA Huntsville…with a current schedule.  Proof of current address (e.g. Driver’s License and recently posted mail), and an ANNUAL CHARGE of $25.  Calhoun students are allowed to checkout three (3) books for a period of 28 days with one renewal.

Before making a trip to an area library, you may want to search their online catalog and Web sites for needed information.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can A&M, ASU, Drake State, and UA Huntsville students check out books at the Calhoun libraries?
 

A&M, ASU, Drake State and UA Huntsville students may check out six (6) books at the Brewer Library or Huntsville Campus Library for a period of three weeks with NO RENEWALS.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I borrow a book located at another library?  How?
 

Circulation staff at Brewer Library and the Huntsville Campus Library can request books from other libraries for you.  There may be fees and it could take several weeks for the lending library to send the items to us.

You will need to complete an interlibrary loan form available at the Brewer Library or Huntsville Campus Library circulation desk.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)What are the fines for overdue materials?
 

In-library reserve items:  $.50 per hour/item; $20 maximum/item

24-hr, 3-day, 7-day reserve items:  $.50 per day/item

Interlibrary loan:  $1 per day/item

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)How do I pay a library fine?
 

Library fines can be paid in person at the circulation desk of either the Brewer Library or the Huntsville Campus Library. Or, bring your notice to the business office and pay the cashier. The Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library accept cash only.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)What is a "Reserve"?
 

A Reserve (book, CD, article, video, etc) is an item that has been set aside, or reserved, for the use of a specific group of students.   Usually the request to place an item on reserve comes from a librarian or a faculty member.  Check out privileges are extended to current Calhoun students only.

Reserve materials are held behind the Circulation desk and on special shelves in the collection.  Ask at the Circulation desk for more assistance.  Reserve Items are noted in the Library Catalog under the "Reserve Location."

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)How long can I check out Reserve items?
 

The instructor who placed the item on Reserve determines the length of checkout.  Check out periods vary from “In-Library Use Only” to a semester check out.  Fines for overdue items are $.50 per day, or per hour for in-library reserve, per item.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Are there copiers available for student use at Brewer Library/Huntsville Campus Library?
 

There is a coin-operated copier available for use at the Brewer Library.  This copier is a digital scanner, which allows photo quality copies (b/w), and top feeding and collating of multiple pages.  Copies are $.10 per page.

There is one coin-operated copier at the Huntsville Campus Library.  Copies are $.10 per page.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I print documents in the library?
 

Yes, but you are required to purchase a print card.  Print cards are sold at stand-alone machines in the Library and the Huntsville Campus Library and can be revalued in increments of $1.00. There is a one-time charge of $.50 for a print card.  Prints are $.10 per page.

Print cards are also sold and may be revalued at the Math/Writing Lab on the Huntsville campus and the Writing Lab in Harris Hall on the Decatur campus.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I return books when the Brewer Library/Huntsville Campus Library is closed?
 

Books can be returned when the Brewer Library is closed via the book drop conveniently located near the street in front of the Brewer Library.  We do, however, request that you return books inside when the Brewer Library is open.

When the Huntsville Campus Library is closed and the Huntsville Campus is open, books may be returned in the blue and white book drop located in the hallway outside the Huntsville Campus Library.  When the Huntsville Campus Library is open, please return books to the inside drop located at the circulation desk.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I suggest a book to be purchased by the library?
 

The Calhoun libraries welcome suggestions for materials that support teaching, study, and research at the College.  Requests are referred to the appropriate collection development manager.

Before submitting a suggestion, please check the Calhoun Libraries Catalog to see if the material you need is available. 

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Does the library offer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.?
 

The computers at the Brewer Library and the Huntsville Campus Library have Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word for users who have MS Office skills.  There is no lab assistant available to offer instruction. 

If you need assistance using the software, the following tutorial sites may be helpful:Microsoft Tutorials (Official Microsoft site).

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes) Is there a way I can access my library account online?
 

Borrowers are able to access their library account online using “My Account”.  To use this feature, access the Library Catalog. Then, click on “My Account”.  Enter the barcode number from your Library Card and then the pin.  The pin number is the last four (4) digits of the telephone number that you provided on your borrower application.  Click on “Items Out” to show all the items that you currently have checked out.  Then, check each item that you would like renewed and click the renew button.  The item will be renewed as long as it meets the criteria for renewal.  The new due date will appear next to the item.  Note: Popular books may not be renewed.  Students:  If your record has been placed on Academic Hold, you will not be permitted to renew books until the delinquency is settled.  Note:  Books may only be renewed one time online via "My Account."

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)What does an Academic Library Hold mean?
 

An Academic Library Hold means that your borrowing privileges have been revoked.  Also, you will not be able to register for classes or receive your transcripts.  If you have a Library Hold, please contact the Brewer Library circulation desk at 256-306-2774 or the Huntsville Campus Library circulation desk at 256-890-4774 for specific details relating to your record.

  libbulletc.GIF (293 bytes)Can I place a request on a book from home?
 

Yes, look up the book in the Library catalog. Click the “Request Item” button. You will be prompted to log into “My Account.”  Enter the barcode number from your Library Card and then the pin.  The pin number is the last four (4) digits of the telephone number that you provided on your borrower application.  After you log in, you will be directed to a “request confirmation” page.  Click the Request button at the bottom.  The message at the top of the screen will say “Your request has been successfully placed.”  You will be notified  when the book becomes available for you to pick up.  Note:  Books may only be renewed one time online via "My Account."