Regular library books, juvenile books, curriculum laboratory materials, videos, cassettes, and CD's may be checked out for four weeks. Materials may be renewed for four more weeks use.
Reference Books and periodicals (magazines and journals) are NOT checked out except by faculty members. Photo copies may be made of articles being used for research on our black and white copier for 5 cents a page.
Most Reserve Materials may be checked out for one or two hours use and are NOT TO LEAVE THE LIBRARY! A few reserve materials are checked out for 3 days or longer.
Library Fine Policy
Materials not returned to the library on time or not renewed will be charged a fine. There will be a one week grace period before fines begin. If the materials are not returned by the 7th day overdue, each item will be fined .25 cents per day until returned, with a maximum fine of $10.00 per item. Fines can be avoided by renewing the check-out period on the items! All fines will be charged to the student's account and are to be paid at the Business Office.
Reserve Materials will be charged $1.00 per hour fine for hourly reserve materials that are over due. There will be $1.00 a day fine for reserve materials that are checked out by the day or week
Lost Book Fees
There will be a flat fee of $50.00 charged for each library material that is lost. A date will be set for all materials to be due at the end of each semester. Materials not returned by this date, unless other arrangements are made with library circulation staff, will be considered lost and billed a charge of $50.00 per item.
Leo Miller is in charge of Interlibrary Loan. If you are unable to find the information you need in our library resources, for a book go to First Search and find WorldCat. WorldCat is a worldwide database that has information on millions of books. Find the title that appears to have the information you need. Copy down the author, title, publisher, copyright date, and ISBN number and give that information to Leo along with your name and contact information. If you have searched one of our online databases and there is just an abstract for an article you need the full-text on, bring the author, title, publication, date, page numbers, and ISSN to Leo so he can access the full-text for you. You need to allow plenty of time for Interlibrary Loan. It may take two weeks or longer to receive some items
Levitt Library also has a color copier. It costs 25 cents to make a color copy and 5 cents for black and white. When students print to this copier, the charges go on their account. The color copier is located on first floor in the library office. If you need to make a color copy, check with the library staff. A person making copies is subject to the copyright rules.
Library of Congress Classification System
Becoming familiar with the Library of Congress Classification System which Levitt Library uses to classify and shelve the materials, will help you know what area of the library to browse to find materials in the subject area you are interested in. On the Public Card Catalog, you will find the following chart which gives the LC Classification System in more detail.
Below is a list of words to associate with the LC subject areas that might help you remember them. A--General B--Religion - Philosophy - Psychology (Bible) CDEF - History (For instance China to France) G --Geography, Recreation - Sports like (Golf) H - Social Sciences - Social groups (Home - Family, Marriage, Women, Economics, Finance) J - Political Science - (Government - "Judicial Branch") K - Law ( "Kangaroo Court") L - Education (Learning) M - Music N - Art (Neoclassicism or Naive Art) P - Language & Literature ("Polish language"), Poetry, Prose, Plays. Q - Science (Quark - subatomic particles - fundamental unit of matter) R - Medicine (Prescriptions Rx) S - Agriculture (Soil) T - Technology (Photography, Computers, Construction, Engineering, Environment, Handicrafts) U-V - Military and Naval Science Z - Bibliography - Library Science Letters I, O, W, X, Y are not used yet. Learn to read a Library of Congress Call Number
Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers
A Library of Congress call number is made up of letters and numbers. This "LC Classification System" was developed by the Library of Congress. The letter and number system will expand to easily include a new subject when new information is discovered. Most schools and public libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification System, but frequently colleges and universities use the " LC " system.
First Row -- Letters
The first row of letters in a basic Library of Congress call number represents a subject area. For instance, call numbers beginning with an "M" would be some type of music, and call numbers beginning with a "Q" would be some type of science. Items are shelved alphabetically in Levitt Library by this first row of letters. Alphabet letters " A " through " BX " are shelved on the first floor, and letters " C " through " Z " are shelved on second floor. The first row of the call number may consist of either one, two, or sometimes three letters. They would be shelved as in the following example:
A AB AG AZ BA BC
Second Row -- Whole Numbers
The second row of a call number is made up of numbers. These numbers read as whole numbers and represent a subdivision of the subject. They affect shelving in the following way:
A 97 A 104 A 275 A 350 A 1007 B 10
Third Row -- Decimal, Letter, Number
The third line in the basic " LC " call number is a decimal, letter, number ".H121". The letter is usually the first letter of the author's last name. However, for some subjects, for example in " P ", language and literature, this letter may be another subdivision to indicate the type of literature. Also, if the item has an editor rather than an author, the first letter of the title may be used. The letters are placed in alphabetical order. The number is called a "cutter number". The numbers are read as a decimal. For example, this third line of the basic call number would be shelved in the following order:
.A27 .A273 .A2759 .A277 . A2778 .A3 .A97 .B15
After the third line you may find another letter, number line on some items. These letters are alphabetical and this number is also read as a decimal. You may also find dates of items or volume numbers (V.1, V.2, etc.). You may find " P.1 " and " P.2 " indicating parts, or " C.1 " and " C.2 " indicating the library has more than one copy of the item.
Other Factors that Affect Shelving
Height of the item
Levitt Library uses the terms QUARTO and FOLIO to designate books over 25 centimeters tall. The term QUARTO or FOLIO will be found above the basic call number on these items. QUARTO is found on the call number of items between 25 and 30 centimeters tall and FOLIO is found on items over 30 centimeters tall. QUARTO items are shelved after the regular sized items with the same LC call number. For example, after the B - BX regular size items you will find the QUARTO B - BX size items. FOLIO size items are on a bottom shelf under the QUARTO items because they are so large.
Other Terms Found Above the Basic Library of Congress Call Number
CURRLAB: Curriculum Laboratory Includes textbooks and teaching materials for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Housed in a separate area on 2nd floor. Used mainly by students preparing for an Education degree. GLASS A book housed in the Archives (in a basement room) because of its condition or value. Must be used in the library. JUVE: Juvenile Children's books. Housed in a separate area on first floor against the east wall. Used mainly by Education students and parents. PER: Periodical " Periodical " is the term librarians use for newspapers, journals, and magazines. Journals and magazines more than one year old are shelved in among the books and other items by their LC classification number. To find the LC classification number, look on the shelf under the most current journal or magazine of that title. Newspapers are only kept for three weeks due to the lack of shelving space. Newspapers more than one day old may be found on the shelves of the atlas and dictionary stands near the lounge area on first floor. " PER " doesn't affect shelving order. It only indicates the item is a periodical. Periodicals must be used in the library and may not be checked out, but articles may be copied to take with you. REF: Reference Reference materials are shelved among the other books by their LC classification number. " REF " doesn't affect shelving order. It only indicates the item is a reference item. Reference items must be used in the library and may not be checked out. RESTO: Restoration Movement Some items in the library related to the restoration movement and the Church of Christ may be labeled RESTO. These items are shelved in the archives room and are normally used in the library. YORK Items related to the history of York or York College may be labeled YORK. These items are housed in the archives room and are usually used in the library.