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    Library Policies


    Library Access and Borrowing Policies

    Student Borrowing Guidelines

    All enrolled students must present a current student ID to borrow materials, including reserve items. Library materials may be checked out for 14 days and may be renewed as needed. DVDs can only be borrowed for 7 days at a time. Students may check out a maximum of 5 DVDs at once. Students also have access to electronic resources both on and off-campus.

    At the end of each semester, holds be will placed on student accounts for non-return of library materials. The student must return the item(s) before holds on grades, transcripts, graduation, and/or registration are lifted. A $25 fine per lost item will be charged before holds are removed from student accounts.

    Faculty/Staff Borrowing Guidelines

    Currently employed faculty, administration and staff may borrow materials and use electronic resources. All staff must present their current college ID when checking out materials. Library materials may be checked out for 30 days and may be renewed as needed. DVDs can be borrowed for 14 days at a time.

    Alumni & Guest Access

    Lackawanna College alumni may use the resources at the Seeley Memorial Library. Alumni users will have to provide library staff with a personal ID card. Also, first time alumni users must fill out a computer use agreement form. Alumni must sign in at the circulation desk each time they visit the library.

    Guest Access

    Guests to the Seeley Memorial Library must sign in at the circulation desk each time they visit the library. They will be required to provide library staff with a personal ID card showing physical address and/or Lackawanna County Library System library card. Also, first time guests will be required to fill out a computer use agreement form.

    Priority for use of computers is given to Lackawanna College students, faculty and staff. Usage is primarily for academic and course-related activities.

    Library privileges shall be at the discretion of the library director. Anyone refusing to sign in and/or provide a valid form of ID will be asked to leave the library.


    Complimentary printing of up to 10 sheets a day is allowed per guest. A charge of 10 cents per sheet beyond the allotted number of sheets is required.


    As a courtesy, the library will fax certain documents at a charge of $0.50 per sheet for local fax numbers and $1 for long distance numbers. Only important paperwork such as doctor’s office documents, grades, transcripts and clearances will be faxed.

    Borrowing from Other Libraries

    Lackawanna College students, faculty and staff have the option of applying for a Lackawanna County Library System (LCLS) library card to obtain additional resources. Non-Pennsylvania state residents with a valid Lackawanna College student ID may obtain a LCLS library card at no cost by applying in person at the Scranton Public Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton.

    With the LCLS library card, individuals may borrow materials from any of the eight libraries in the county system. Through Access Pennsylvania, the LCLS card also grants borrowing privileges at the University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library, Marywood University Library, Keystone College and Penn State University –Worthington Campus.

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    Proctoring Services

    In accordance with Lackawanna College’s mission statement of providing a quality education to all persons who seek it, the Seeley Memorial Library is pleased to provide proctoring services to Lackawanna College students as well as students attending other colleges and universities. We do not charge a fee for test proctoring.

    Test Proctoring Schedule: Test proctoring is available Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All testing must be completed by 4 p.m.

    Please note: Lackawanna College students have first priority for proctoring services. Appoints must be made for students from other colleges and universities. However, the library will not schedule an appointment until testing materials from your college, university or instructor have been received.

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    Academic Reserve Policy

    Instructors can place items on reserve at the library in order to provide students with supplemental materials for coursework.  The library staff processes these reserves.  Placement of materials on reserve ensures access to frequently used materials that include journal articles, book chapters, syllabi, class notes and items from personal collections.

    Traditional Reserves

    Traditional reserves include books, journal articles, class notes, DVDs, CDs and other pertinent materials to support classroom instruction.  They are kept on the reserve shelf (behind the Circulation Desk) at the request of an instructor.

    Items that may be placed on traditional reserve include:

    • Books, videos, and other materials from the library’s circulating collection
    • Library owned items, as well as personal copies of items, may be placed “on reserve”
    • Photocopies may be placed on reserve for one semester, after which copyright permission must be obtained
    • One chapter from a book may be placed on reserve
    • Class notes, syllabi, homework solutions and sample exams may be placed on reserve without restriction

    The following items may not be placed on traditional reserve:

    • Copies of whole works, or of the majority of a work
    • Course packets
    • Materials from other libraries
    • Personally reproduced items such as off-air tapes or home-made CDs must be considered individually in regard to copyright compliance.

    To place materials on traditional reserve, faculty members should submit materials and a completed Academic Reserve form to the director of the library at least one week prior to the date the material is needed. The Academic Reserve form can be downloaded here and emailed to rochem@lackawanna.edu.

    Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves

    In compliance with the Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions With Respect to Books and Periodicals (H.R. 94-1476) and Section 107: Fair Use (Title 17, U.S. Code) of the Copyright Act of 1976, the following policy will be applied to copyrighted materials to be placed on reserve.

    1. Listed below are examples of copyrighted materials that may be placed on reserve without obtaining copyright permission for a single class and a single semester:

    • A chapter from a book;
    • An article from a periodical or newspaper;
    • A short story, essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work;
    • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper;
    • Commercially produced course packs (Copyright for these items are generally secured by the vendor);
    • Government publications.

    2. Listed below are examples of copyrighted materials that may not be placed on reserve:

    • A photocopy of an entire book that is in print;
    • Multiple articles from a single journal issue for a single class.

    3. Length of time copyrighted materials may remain on reserve: Copyrighted materials may be placed on reserve for one semester only. If the instructor wishes to keep copyrighted materials on reserve for consecutive semesters, it is his/her responsibility to submit a new request for the upcoming semester.

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    Library Study Room Reservation Policy

    The library has a study room which can hold up to eight people. To ensure availability, patrons are encouraged to place a reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling the library at (570) 961-7831 or by emailing library@lackawanna.edu. Please provide the following when making a reservation: Name, Date, and Time (there is a two hour time limit).

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    Gift Acceptance Policy

    As the collections at the Seeley Memorial Library continue to grow and evolve, so must our parameters for accepting donated materials. The processing and cataloging of gift books requires a great deal of space, funding, and staff. Like many other libraries, we are decreasing our collection of print materials and focusing more on electronic books, journals, and databases.

    In general, the Seeley Memorial Library evaluates offers of donations of library materials based upon:

    • Relevancy to the curricula
    • Academic level appropriateness and quality
    • Duplication of material in the collection
    • Physical condition of the item

    Seeley Memorial Library may graciously decline items that:

    • Are not within the scope of its collections
    • Do not support the instructional and research programs of the College
    • Duplicate existing holdings
    • Require extensive conservation
    • Donor restrictions that cannot be honored

    What we do not accept

    • Appraised donations
    • Books that are damaged (moldy, mildewed, water damaged, brittle, yellowed, or have cracked spines)
    • Paper copies of journals or magazines
    • Incomplete multi-volume sets
    • Computer software and manuals
    • Audiobooks
    • LP records, cassette tapes, or VHS tapes
    • Encyclopedia sets

    Please Note
    The library does maintain a full collection, and may only need select items that support the curriculum. On a very infrequent basis, the library considers donations of books for the general collection.

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