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Library Information

Learn about Inver Hills Library services and policies.

Checkout Policies

How to Checkout Library Materials

Library items may be checked out by all currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. 

A library barcode (which is printed on your student ID card) is needed to check out materials or book a study room. If you don't have a student ID card, you can get one from the soft lounge area, located on the upper level of the College Center across from the Enrollment Center. 

After you have a student ID card, stop in the Library to get your library barcode activated.  Once activated, you are ready to check out library items!

Checkout Periods by Item Type -  Some items can be renewed for a longer checkout period.

  • Books - 28 days (faculty and staff may have them for one semester)
  • Periodicals - 7 days (some exceptions)
  • Feature film DVDs - 7 days (Limit 10 DVDs)
  • CDs - 7 days (Limit 10 CDs)
  • Reserve materials - 2 hours, 4 hours, or overnight
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) material loan periods are determined by the lending library

Reference books cannot be checked out, but users may photocopy needed information from them. Instructors' audiovisual materials may not be checked out to students, but they may be viewed in the viewing room in the Library.

As a courtesy to all our users, we ask that individuals follow our circulation policies and return or renew items on time to ensure that materials are readily available for everyone.

Overdue Items

Inver Hills Library does not charge fines for overdue materials.

If items become overdue, users will receive a series of three notices via email before a Bill of Replacement will be issued and holds will be placed on the users library and college accounts. These holds restrict use of library resources, registering for classes, or receiving grades and transcripts.

If materials are returned in good condition after the Bill for Replacement is issued, the bill will be dropped and holds will be removed from the user's accounts after two business days.

If 30 days pass after the Bill for Replacement has been sent out and the material has not been paid for, returned, or replaced, the charges will be referred to the Inver Hills Business Office and the user will be expected to pay the bill in full. Because Inver Hills Community College Library is a state institution, any outstanding charges are subject to having MCE (Minnesota Collection Agency) collect the cost of materials.

Any items returned after the 30 day billing period will be treated as a donation to the library; and the user will still be expected to pay the full item replacement cost plus any additional processing fees.

Please note that anyone who fails to return library materials will be subject to having MCE (Minnesota Collection Agency) collect the cost of the materials. Returning the items does not waive fees once the account has been sent to collections.

Lost / Damaged Items

If an item is lost or damaged while checked out, the person who checked out the item will be expected to pay the replacement cost. 

The library would also accept a replacement copy in lieu of payment; however it must be a new edition (not used) and the EXACT same item as the one lost. Library staff can assist in locating a replacement item, but the user will need to purchase the item and bring it into the library. Once a replacement copy is given to the library, the hold will be removed from the user's record.

If the user chooses to pay the replacement fee, please make payment at the Business Office. After the replacement fee is paid, the library will remove the hold from the user's record. Replacement fees vary by the type of item that was lost/damaged and may be more expensive than purchasing a new copy. 

Please Note: If 30 days have passed after the Bill for Replacement has been issued, the library will no longer accept a replacement copy or item return. After this time, the library will initiate the replacement process and the user will be expected to pay the full replacement fee.

Please contact the library with questions related to this process. We are happy to help resolve any problems. 

Community Members

Community members are welcome to use Inver Hills Community College Library and may request a library card, which entitles them to similar borrowing privileges as IHCC students. Individuals can obtain library cards at the library's Circulation Desk.

Group Study Room Policies

There are 8 group study rooms in the Inver Hills Library which are available to currently enrolled Inver Hills students. Seven rooms may be booked online using the link below or in-person at the Circulation Desk.

L111 is for viewing class films. Students may study in that room, but priority is for students required to watch films on Reserve. If necessary, students studying will be asked to vacate the room for the film-viewing students.

The primary purpose of these rooms is to provide a place for students to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups. Permanent assignment of rooms is not made to any particular group of students. Group study rooms are not available for functions such as committee meetings, classes, lectures, or seminars.

Please read the Group Study Room Use Policies below before booking a room.  

Book a Group Study Room

Group Study Room Use Policies

Study rooms are for groups of two or more. At least two people must be in the room at all times. Individuals should use the Silent Study Room. Group study rooms are not available for functions such as committee meetings, classes, lectures, or seminars.

Students must reserve a group study room either in-person at the Circulation Desk or online. A library barcode is required to check-out a room. If you leave the room early, please tell staff at the Circulation Desk. 

Rooms may be reserved for up to two hours at a time and up to two weeks in advance. Room bookings are set at a maximum limit of 4 hours per week per student.

Group study rooms are very popular. If someone is waiting for a room, reservations will not be held for more than 15 minutes past the scheduled start time.
Once your scheduled time has expired, you must be ready to vacate the room immediately so it is available for the next reservation.
All rooms have either whiteboards or whiteboard walls. Ask at the Circulation Desk for dry-erase markers. Please do not use your own markers, pens, or pencils on the walls.  
Please do not eat in the study rooms. Drinks in covered containers are okay. 
Group study rooms are not completely soundproof.  Please be considerate of other library users.
After use, all furniture should be returned to its original configuration.

The student checking out the study room is responsible for any damages. Replacement fees will be assessed for any damaged equipment or furniture. Cases of deliberate vandalism or abuse will result in loss of checkout privileges and may be prosecuted. If a room is already damaged or inoperable when checked out, please notify the Circulation Desk immediately.

The library is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal property. Do not leave the room unattended.

Book a Group Study Room

Computer Use in the Library

The IHCC Library has 5 research computers that do not require a login. These computers offer access to library resources and the Internet. Public access is allowed; however, priority is given to registered students and coursework-related use is given priority over recreational browsing. Microsoft Office programs can be completed in the Library Classroom (L104) when classes are not in session or on other computers located around campus.

The Library Classroom (L104) computers are available for student use during open library hours if no library classes are scheduled. Use of computers in the Library Classroom are restricted to registered students, faculty, and staff of IHCC. A Star ID and password are required to log in.  Library instruction sessions are regularly scheduled in the Library Classroom; scheduled class times are posted daily outside the room. Hours of availability vary during summer sessions, non-class days, and semester breaks.


The library accepts donations of books and materials from students, faculty, staff, and the community, but does not guarantee that donations will be incorporated into the collection. 

All donations will be evaluated with the same collection development criteria listed below. Any donations not added to the Inver Hills library will be placed on a "Free" cart for anyone to take. Any donation of ten items or more must come with an itemized list to include title, author, and date of publication.

The library does not do valuations for tax purposes. Please see a professional book dealer for valuation.

Criteria for Material Selection

The Library will make every effort to keep the following criteria in mind when selecting resources for purchase. Particular criteria may assume greater or lesser importance depending on the type of materials being considered or the subject matter covered.

  • Relevance to the curriculum, research needs, and educational goals.
  • Scope and content - comprehensiveness, depth of coverage, and factual accuracy.
  • Scholarly value or literary merit
  • Authoritativeness of the author(s), editor, or publisher
  • Currency and timeliness
  • Positive reviews
  • Relevance to existing collections
  • Physical quality and/or special features
  • Availability of materials through Interlibrary Loan or document delivery
  • Cost of the item or set of items
  • Maintaining balanced viewpoints on controversial topics

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