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Admission to the library between midnight and 7:00 AM is restricted to current CCU students, staff and faculty with a valid CINO card.
Children (individuals under 18 years of age, not currently enrolled at CCU) must be accompanied at all times for their safety and well being by a parent or guardian. Minors' access to the library materials, including the Internet, is the responsibility of the parent, guardian, or other responsible adult. Parents and guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children on library premises and must provide reasonable supervision. Should an unattended child be found in the library, the staff will try to locate the parents. If a parent cannot be located, the staff will contact the Office of Public Safety on campus to report the situation and seek assistance.
The faculty and staff of Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons strive to provide all students, faculty, staff and community patrons with equal access to information for their research needs. The goal of our faculty and staff is to provide services that encourage the use of our facility and collections.
Patrons with disabilities shall have access to the Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons's resources and services comparable to that which is extended to all other patrons.
Loan Periods and Renewals
Most types of materials circulate for 21 days to Coastal Carolina University students, staff and non-Coastal borrowers. CCU faculty have a semester loan privilege. Exceptions are Interlibrary Loan items (loan period set by lender) and reserve materials. Circulating Books/Materials are semester loan to faculty and 21 day loan for all other patrons. Reference Materials are Library Use Only to all patrons except faculty, who have one day loan privileges. Journals, Magazines and Newspapers are Library Use Only to all except faculty, who have one day loan privileges. South Carolina State & Federal Documents are 21 day loan to all patrons (except certain reference items and periodicals). Microforms are Library Use Only, and readers and printers are available for patron use. Videos and DVDs are 21 day loan to CCU faculty, staff and students. Posters, Maps, Media Kits, Realia, CDs, Scores and Cassettes are 21 day loan to all patrons.
All patrons are responsible for returning or renewing library materials on or before the due date.
All users, except CCU faculty and staff, are charged overdue fines for late material. A fine of more than $5.00 blocks all borrowing and renewal privileges. Registration and/or transcript holds may result if a borrower's fines are not resolved.
Most items accrue a late fee of $0.25 per item per day.
Reserve materials accrue fines at the rate of $0.50 per day for print items and $5.00 for media items.
All library equipment accrues fines at the rate of $5.00 per day.
Courtesy notices are sent to patrons with library materials via email. Failure to receive courtesy notices in no way relieves the borrower of his/her obligation to return items by the date due or pay any accrued fines.
Patrons can access their account to verify due dates and account balances using the My Library Account application.
Lost or Damaged Materials
All patrons are responsible for replacement costs of library materials lost or damaged while checked out on the patron's record. Lost Charges equal a minimum of $50 plus any accrued overdue fines. Damage Fees vary according to the type of damage. Borrowing privileges are suspended until payment is made.
Due to the Coronavirus, the library's course reserves policy has temporarily changed. Please see the following statement: https://libguides.coastal.edu/coursereserves
Coastal Carolina University students, faculty, and staff who wish to use these computers for research purposes will be given preference over all other users, including those using personal e-mail accounts. The Kimbel Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session. A one (1) hour time limit is in effect for users not affiliated with Coastal Carolina University.
Noise in Silent Study Area
Kimbel Library promotes a friendly academic atmosphere. Though group work and quiet talking is allowed in the library, patrons should be considerate of other library users. All library patrons must adhere to the Code of Student Conduct. Non compliance of library and university policy may result in loss of library privileges or judicial proceedings.
Instruction Room Use
The primary purpose of the library's instruction rooms is to support the library's information literacy program. Currently, the library uses KLIB 110, KLIB 219 and BICL 234 as the main instructional spaces. Due to the high demand for library instruction sessions, the instruction rooms are reserved only for librarian-led instruction sessions. Faculty wishing to locate alternative space for their classes should contact Scheduling and Event Services to request access to available locations on campus.
Library instructor stations and equipment in KLIB 110, KLIB 219 and BICL 234 (including projectors) are for library staff use only. Students may use projectors in Bryan Information Commons study rooms. Upon the completion of the final instruction session for the day, KLIB 110 will be available to students for study space and computer use. BICL 234 is used on Sundays during the academic year for tutoring through the Learning Assistance Centers. Please see their website for additional information.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by Kimbel Library that you can use to request books, journal articles and other materials that the Kimbel Library does not own. You simply request materials through ILL and we will obtain them for you. After your returnable items arrive then you check them out from the Kimbel Library and return them back here by the due date determined by the lender. When you request journal articles we will secure an electronic copy of the article for you and post it in your ILL account. There is no cost to you for this service.
The Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) Delivers program allows CCU faculty, staff and students to borrow books that Kimbel Library does not own from other colleges and universities across the state.
The Kimbel Library faculty and Coastal Carolina University teaching faculty share in collection development responsibilities. Librarians act as the designated collection development liaison to several academic departments or programs. Each academic program designates a faculty member to act as the Departmental Library Representative to coordinate the collection development activities of the department in concert with the library.
Horry County Archives Center Room Use
The Horry County Archives Center research room is available to all CCU students, staff and faculty as well as to the community at large. It is hoped that this resource will help us gain a better understanding of the true history of the area and how it is interwoven into the history of our state and nation. No food or drinks are allowed in the room, and all materials must remain within the room.
Information Technology and Collections
Information Technology and Collections supports several operating systems and browsers in order to support the essential functions of the library.
For a full list of policies and procedures visit each library department's policy page. Library department list