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Library Mission, Policies, & Procedures: Info

The primary mission of the library at Surry Community College is to provide access to materials, information, and services that support and supplement the mission of the College.

As the main information resource on campus, the library supports lifelong learning by acquiring materials in support of the curriculum, providing access to those materials, and teaching information literacy skills.

  • No food is allowed in the library.
  • Covered drinks are permitted. No drinks in open containers are allowed in the library.
  • Disruptive noise and/or loud talking is not allowed.
  • No cell phone calls are permitted within the library. Please step outside or in the lobby areas of the library to talk on your cell phone.
  • No children under the age of 16 may use the library unless accompanied by a parent or teacher.
  • Rudeness toward students or library staff will not be tolerated.
  • Use of crude or vulgar language toward students or library staff will not be tolerated.
  • Faculty, students, and staff have priority over unaffiliated users.
  • Faculty, students, and staff use MyKnightLife username and password. Unnaffiliated users need to request access.
  • Use of someone else's credentials will lead to permanent loss of library privileges.
  • Viewing of pornography or other violations of the Surry Community College "Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy" will result in a permanent loss of library privileges.
  • Faculty, students, and staff of Surry Community College may have up to 10 items checked out at any one time.
  • Unaffiliated borrowers may have up to 3 items checked out at any one time.
  • All borrowers may make unlimited use of library materials while within the library.
  • Questions or comments regarding loan periods, fines, & renewals may be directed to 336-386-3259.

Students: 3 week checkout  |  1 renewal allowed  |  10 items max at a time

Non-Student: 3 week checkout  |  1 renewal allowed  |  3 items max at a time

Patrons may renew books provided no one else has placed a hold on the item.

All overdue materials must be returned and late charges paid before allowed to renew.

One week checked | no renewals | 2 Popular DVDs max

Students: 3 week checkout  |  no renewals  |  6 CDs max

Non-Students: 3 week checkout  | no renewals  | 3 CDs max

Books - Overdue fines:

$.10/day (Max. fine for each item $10.00)

DVDs - Overdue fines:


Lost Materials:

Any overdue fines and

Cost of book or DVD + $10 processing fee

No refunds on payments for lost books or DVDs

A check or draft shall only be accepted under the following conditions:

  • The name & address of the check passer is written or printed on the check or draft.
  • At the time of acceptance, the check passer is identified by means of a driver's license, a special identification card, or other reliable identification card containing a photograph & mailing address of the check passer.
  • The affiant writes the check passer's license number or identification card number & telephone number on the check or draft.
  • The check passer has either a North Carolina or Virginia address and driver's license.

Access to electronic systems is a privilege that is granted by Surry Community College and comes with a responsibility to respect the rights of other users and the rights of the college at all times. It is the policy of the College that the facilities and equipment be used ethically and legally, in accordance with applicable licenses and contracts, and according to their intended use for educational purposes in support of the college's mission and goals.

All technology equipment, data and records are considered the property of Surry Community College, and their use may be monitored as a means to ensure their proper and effective use. Users should be aware that seemingly private computer records may be subject to public disclosure. It is unacceptable use of the College communication system if users connect non-college owned computers -- laptops, desktop, or other non-college owned peripheral devices to the LAN except in public wireless access areas.

North Carolina criminal statutes outlaw certain computer-related conduct, including unauthorized access or use of another person's computer, computer system, or computer network to (1) commit fraud or obtain property under false pretenses; (2) cause computer-related damage; or (3) alter, disable, delete, or copy computer data.

It is also a crime to send (or allow to be sent) electronic communications that (1) threaten harm to a person or property; (2) are sent, repeatedly, for the purpose of "abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing any person," or (3) contain any false statement "concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct with the intent to abuse, annoy, threaten, terrify, harass, or embarrass." Educational institutions or officials who are victimized by such conduct, therefore, may file criminal charges against perpetrators of such crimes, and may recover damages through civil actions.

According to state law, examples of specific activities not permitted on college-owned equipment include:

  • Damaging electronic components, computers, computer systems, or networks, including knowingly transferring viruses;
  • Violating the rights or any person protected by copyright, trade secret, patent, or other intellectual property laws, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of “pirated” or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by the College;
  • Using the network for commercial, political or any unlawful purposes;
  • Trespassing in others’ files, folders or storage areas of any kind or using others’ passwords;
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages, pictures or materials;
  • Using obscene language, or sending/posting any harassing, abusive, libelous, or obscene materials, or assisting in any similar activities;
  • Connecting to inappropriate Internet sites, such as pornography, hate groups, and other similar sites.

Electronic information systems include, but are not limited to, terminals, computers, computer peripherals, communication devices, content management systems, telephones and telecommunications equipment, fax machines, computer data networks, video equipment, tapes or video networks, photocopying machines, computer software, supporting documentation, supplies, storage media, support facilities and energy sources. Electronic systems are limited to those leased, rented, owned by, or loaned to the College wherever located.

Users of Surry's electronic services are expected to abide by the following policies. Violation of this policy should be reported to the appropriate area supervisor. Violations may result in suspension of privileges to access the information technology involved, initiation of college disciplinary procedures, or in certain cases, criminal prosecution under federal or state law. Before attempting any activity about which you are in doubt, or if you have questions about this policy, consult [the Library Staff or Instructors], your local area supervisor, dean or vice-president.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on 8/13/07