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    Library Policies

    Borrowing Materials

    Student, Faculty/Staff, and Alumni Borrowing Guidelines

    Lackawanna College’s library materials are now located at the Scranton Public Library. Students, faculty/staff, and alumni must obtain a Lackawanna County Library System (LCLS) library card to borrow materials from both Lackawanna College and the Scranton Public Library’s collection. To search our joint collection, please use the LCLS catalog. Books, CDs, audiobooks, and audio cassettes may be checked out for 2 weeks with the option of four, two-week renewals. Magazines, videos, and DVDs may be borrowed for one week. Two, one-week renewals are possible on videos and DVDs. Items that are on hold cannot be renewed. Seven day loan material and 14 day loan for bestsellers are not eligible for renewal.

    Please note the Scranton Public Library charges the following late fees for overdue items: 

    • Books, CDs, Audiobooks, and Magazines: $.25 per day; Maximum fine is $10.00 per item.
    • DVDs/Blu Rays: $1.00 per day; Maximum fine is $20.00 per item.
    • VHS Tapes: $.50 per day; Maximum fine is $10.00 per item.

    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.

    Students Only

    At the end of each semester, holds will be placed on student accounts for non-return of library materials. The item(s) must be returned and/or replaced before holds on grades, transcripts, graduation, and/or registration are removed. The Scranton Public Library determines the fee(s) required to replace lost items.

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    Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

    If you need a specific title for your research but we don’t have it in our collection, please contact a staff member in the Reference Department (570-348-3000 ext. 3008) or Reader’s Services (ext. 3016). You may request books, journal articles and non-fiction DVDs (no more than 6 requests per person at one time and material must be at least a year old). You will need to provide library staff with the item’s publication information such as the title, author, volume/issue numbers, year published, etc. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

    Usually there is no fee associated with interlibrary loan, but some libraries may charge for lending materials; interlibrary loan staff will contact you concerning fees before your request is processed.

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    Test Proctoring

    The library provides proctoring services for the Lackawanna College community. Please contact one of our librarians to schedule an appointment at least 3 days in advance.

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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 Lackawanna College Course Reserves shelf in the Reference Department on the second floor of the Scranton Public Library 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

    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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    Research Support

    Students may seek help with class assignments, research papers, and projects by visiting the Reference Department (on the second floor of the Scranton Public Library) or through phone and email. Librarians will also assist students with using electronic databases and print sources. In collaboration with faculty and staff, the Reference Department seeks to meet the educational needs of Lackawanna College students by focusing on library instruction and collection development. Librarians provide instruction to the entire Lackawanna College community, including the satellite centers, upon request. Faculty and staff may request library instruction for their classes using this form. Please contact the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000, ext. 3008 or email with any questions.

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    Library Study Room Reservation Policy

    The Henkleman Room is available upon reservation for group study.

    To make a reservation contact:
    Jessica Serrenti
    Scranton Public Library
    500 Vine Street
    Scranton, PA 18509
    Work: (570) 348-3000 ext. 3023

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    Gift Acceptance Policy

    As the collections at the Lackawanna College at Albright continue to grow and evolve, so must our parameters for accepting donated materials. The processing and cataloging of gift books require 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, Lackawanna College at Albright evaluates offers of donations of library materials based upon:

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

    Lackawanna College at Albright 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 to 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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