Faculty and staff have unlimited borrowing privileges and can check out books and audiovisual items for the duration of an academic semester.
Students can borrow an unlimited number of books for 28 days at a time but can only check out 3 audiovisual items for 7 days at a time.
Community patrons are allowed to borrow a total of 2 items at one time (any combination of books and/or audiovisual items).
GIL Express (USG Interlibrary Loan)
Faculty, staff, and students can borrow 100 books for 28 days at a time from other institutions in the University System of Georgia. Books can be renewed twice for 28 days each time.
All patrons are responsible for any fines assessed by the lending library for overdue books, as well as any processing and/or replacement fees for damaged and/or lost books.
Interlibrary Loan (WorldCat)
Faculty, staff, and students can borrow 10 items at a time from other institutions around the country. The lending library determines the length of each loan, as well as the cost for overdue, damaged, and/or lost items. All patrons are responsible for any processing and/or replacement fees for overdue, damaged, and/or lost items.
Faculty, staff, and students can request an unlimited number of journal article copies from other institutions around the world, as long as their requests comply with current copyright laws.
Books may be returned to the outside book-drop, the inside book-drop, or the circulation desk.
Audiovisual items must be returned inside at the circulation desk. If an audiovisual item is left in the outside book-drop, the patron accepts responsibility for any damages that the item might incur while left outside.
All patrons are responsible for paying the replacement fees for damaged and/or lost materials.
Students are not assessed fines for overdue materials (with the exception of the TEAS Study Guide). Instead, a hold is placed on the student's Banner account. The hold will be removed once the items have either been returned or the replacement fees have been paid.
Collection Development Policy
The Bainbridge State College Library supports the mission of the institution and the changing needs of the College through its collections and services. The Library selects, acquires, and manages its collection of books, serials, electronic information resources, and other library materials to support the broad educational mission of the College and to provide its community of faculty, staff, and students with effective access to recorded information. Collection development also directly supports the University System of Georgia's instruction, research, and public service responsibilities, which include curriculum related instruction, extracurricular learning, research, and other campus educational objectives.
The process of selecting collection materials for the Bainbridge State College Library is a cooperative one: involving the librarians, faculty, staff, and students in building, maintaining, and weeding a collection that supports the instructional programs of the College and the needs of the faculty, staff, students, and local community. Faculty members are expected to make recommendations which support the courses that they teach and which supplement the general library collection, appropriate to their respective disciplines.
Ultimate responsibility for the development and maintenance of the Bainbridge State College Library collection rests with the Library Director. Selectors should be cognizant of the databases and full-text availability of resources accessible through GALILEO.
In meeting our goal of providing high quality information services to our clientele, the Library depends on an active dialogue achieved through faculty liaison activities, contact with users at service points, and individual consultations. This is particularly important as the Library attempts to match its collections to changing user needs. Suggestions for additions to the collection are typically derived from the following sources:
- Requests from faculty, staff, and students
- Observations from assisting students
- Library literature reviews
- Subject areas frequently requested through GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan
The Bainbridge State College Library offers nine study rooms for patron use. During each academic semester, study rooms that don't have a computer in them will be unlocked each morning and re-locked prior to closing, while study rooms that have a computer in them will remain locked until an individual or group requests their use. During breaks in between semesters, all study rooms will remain locked until an individual or group requests their use. Any member of the library staff can unlock a study room for patron use.
Each study room is available on a first come, first serve basis for any given day, but priority is given to students taking an online quiz/test, watching an assigned movie for class, or needing a whiteboard to help them study.
If personal belongings are left unattended for an extended period of time, the library staff reserves the right to remove any and all items from a study room so that other patrons may use it. The library staff is not responsible for the loss and/or damage of any unattended belongings.
Reserving Study Rooms
Clubs, committees, and/or study groups needing a place to meet can request to reserve a study room. Unless library staff is given prior notice, groups arriving more than fifteen minutes late risk losing their reservation if other patrons are waiting for a study room.
- 291: Whiteboard (2-8 students)
- 292: Whiteboard (2-8 students)
- 293: Whiteboard (2-8 students)
- 294: Computer and Whiteboard (SOWEGA Reading Room/Reserved for Research)
- 296: Computer (1-4 students)
- 297: Computer and Whiteboard (1-4 students)
- 298: Whiteboard (2-8 students)
- 299: Computer and Whiteboard (1-4 students)
- 300: Computer and Whiteboard (2-6 students)