Borrowing Books and Other Items

The SCC Library’s collection of books, videos and other items is available to all current students and employees.

Who Can Check Out Books

  • You must be a current student (enrolled in classes in the current semester) or employee to check out books or other items. You may check out up to 7 items at a time, of which 2 may be from the reserve (textbook) collection. In addition to these 7, 3 items may be checked out from the instructional media collection.
  • Community users can purchase a borrower’s card at the Circulation Desk.

Library Card

  • To check out books, you need to bring your Student Access Card (ID).
  • Employees should bring an LRCCD employee ID card.

Finding books

  • All books and videos are listed in OneSearch.
  • When you find an item, you will see the location, the call number, and the status. These are the keys to finding a book; you need to know if it’s available or checked out, which part of the library it’s in, and what the call number is.

Requests & Holds

  • OneSearch lists books from all Los Rios Libraries (ARC, CRC, EDC, FLC, SCC).
  • Click the Request button to have a book delivered to the location of your choice. (This includes SCC’s Davis and West Sacramento Centers.) You will be notified when the item is ready to be picked up.
  • If you request an item that is held at the SCC library, it will be brought to the Circulation Desk where you can pick it up. Please allow a few hours for this process.
  • If you request an item that is currently checked out, you will be next in line for the book, and will be notified when it is ready to be picked up.
  • Some items, such as reserves and reference books, cannot be requested.

Interlibrary Loan

When a book is not held at any of the Los Rios Libraries, we can attempt to get it from a different library.

Find out more about Interlibrary Loan.

Returning Materials

  • When you check out a book or other item, make sure you understand when it is due back at the library. Circulating items normally have a three-week loan period, but there may be exceptions to this rule. If you don’t return it on time, you will need to pay a fine.
  • If you don’t pay your fines promptly, your college record will be blocked, preventing you from registering for classes, ordering transcripts, and so on.


Fines payments may be made online or at the library circulation desk.

Fines shall be collected for overdue materials at the following rates:
Item typeOverdue fines and feesMaximum fines and fees
General Collection$.50 per day/per item$20
1-week Videos$.50 per day/per itemReplacement cost, plus $10.00 non-refundable processing fee. (Video replacement can cost up to $300.00 per item).
Telecourse Rentals$.50 per day/per item$20 or replacement cost (whichever is greater)
Reserve Collection$50 or replacement cost (whichever is greater)
2-hour books$1.00 per hour/per item
1-day books$1 per day/per item
3-day books
1-week books

For more about fines and circulation policies, see the User Policy.

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