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About the Library

In this Research Guide, you will learn about the library and all services provided.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services is located on the first floor of Accokeek Hall. Services include circulating books, multimedia, reserve materials, issuing photo identification cards, and assisting with the scanner and photocopying equipment. Most services are available to both the College community and the general public.

Please call Circulation Services at 301-546-0475 for further information.

Borrowers

Borrowers are:

  • students with a current validated Prince George's Community College photo identification card
  • staff and faculty with a Prince George's Community College photo identification card
  • alumni with a valid alumni card plus an official identification (e.g., driver's license or social security card)
  • residents of Prince George's County with a County Resident Card and other official identification
  • high school students who are members of the Prince George's Community College Special User Program (high school identification needed and approval by high school coordinator)

Circulation Materials

Circulating materials are:

  • books, music CDs, and audiotapes

  • limited to five check out items per day and a maximum number of ten; county residents and high school patrons are allowed a maximum of five items

  • loaned for three weeks with one renewal

A Prince George's Community College photo identification card or a special community identification card is needed to check out materials. These cards are issued by the Circulation Services staff.

Nursing and allied health materials are only available to enrolled Prince George's Community College students.

Fines are charged for overdue materials. Patron fines begin at $.25 per day, per item, up to a maximum of $8 per item. Late fines must be settled at the Circulation Services Desk before borrowing privileges are restored. When an item is lost, the borrower must pay a replacement cost of $50.00, a maximum fine of $8.00, and a processing fee of $15.00 before borrowing privileges are restored.

Returning Books

Books can be returned to the circulation desk during normal hours of operation or at the book return slot located in front of Accokeek Hall. The book return is checked daily.

  • If the materials are late according to the return date, book return should be done at the front desk to insure all fines and fees are cleared off the patron’s record. 
  • If the books were checked out through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), books must be returned in person at the circulation desk. 

Multimedia Collections

Multimedia collections are

  • music and audio CDs
  • audio cassettes
  • DVDs

The multimedia collections are located on the first floor of the library.

Patrons may view DVDs only in the library. Faculty may check them out for Prince George's Community College instructional purposes only.

Other services include

  • placing cataloged multimedia materials on reserve for student assignments

Call 301-546-0475 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Reserve

Reserve materials are housed at the Circulation Services Desk and are for in-library use only. They cannot leave the building. Students will need a college-issued validated photo ID to access reserve materials. Materials are

  • books, videotapes, articles, etc
  • placed on reserve by faculty for student use
  • circulated for use in the library only
  • circulated to students with a current Prince George's Community College photo identification, which is held until the item is returned

Photo identification and special users cards

Photo identification cards are issued to

  • full and part-time faculty and staff
  • students enrolled in credit courses only
  • used to check out library materials and for other college activities

Photo IDs for students and college employees are processed at the Circulation Services Desk, just inside the entrance of the building. Photo ID hours are posted each semester. Call 301-546-0475 when the library is open to speak with a circulation services staff member.

Currently enrolled students who already have received a student photo identification card must re-validate it each semester. There is a $10.00 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards.

Non-credit students are issued temporary identification cards which are distributed by their instructors.

Special user cards are issued to:

  • county residents who reside in Prince George's County with proof of residency using a valid driver's license
  • high school students in the Prince George's Community College Special User Program (coordinator authorization) with a high school identification
  • alumni (call 301-546-3088 for card information)

Other locations where photo ID cards are issued are (check with the offices for their hours):

  • Largo Campus, Bladen Hall 126
  • Andrews Air Force Base 1413 Arkansas Road, Room 111 (Restricted to students enrolled at this site)
  • Laurel College Center, Room 205
  • University Town Center, Room 245

Equipment

Equipment provided for Library use only is listed below.

  • Photocopiers
  • Scanner
  • TVs with VCR/DVD combinations
  • CD players