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Circulation Policies

Who May Borrow Library Items? 

  • PCCC students, faculty, and staff with a current ID
  • PCCC alumni with an Alumni Association card
  • PALS Plus patrons with a current borrowing card from any public library in the consortium
  • Students, faculty, and staff of participating NJ VALE libraries with a VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Application form

Note 1.

For more information about participating libraries, visit

Note 2.

For more information about NJ VALE, visit


What Items May Be Borrowed? 

  • Books from the Circulating Collection
  • Course reserve items
  • DVDs and other media
  • Headphones (for PCCC coursework only)

Note 1.

CD-ROMs and other media that accompany some books are held at the Circulation Desk. Ask staff for these items at check out. 

Note 2.

Media can be viewed on one of the monitors in the Circulation area. Headphones or ear buds are required. Headphones can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk. 


Loan Periods


·         The initial loan period for books is 14 days

·         Books may be renewed one time for an additional 14 days

·         DVDs and VHS tapes circulate for a period of 5 days and cannot be renewed

·         Books may be renewed by the due date at the Circulation Desk or online using your library card barcode number and PIN

·         Books that are late 10 or more days past the initial due date cannot be renewed


Reserve Items


Course texts, articles, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes, and other items that faculty members have placed on reserve can be obtained at the Circulation Desk with a valid PCCC ID.


Only current PCCC students or instructors may borrow reserve items.


Reserve items are for Library use only and have a 2-hour use limit.


Students are limited to borrowing 1 reserve item at a time with the following exceptions:


1. Textbook + workbook

2.    DVD or VHS tape + headphones


Students will be required to leave their PCCC ID at the Circulation Desk until the borrowed item is returned in good condition. A student may not borrow a reserve item for another person.


If a student borrows a reserve item but also needs to use the Computer Lab, that student will need a temporary ID card in order to enter the lab. The cards are valid for that day only and may be obtained from Circulation.


Checking Out & Returning Items

Books for checkout and course reserve items must be brought to the Circulation Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the Library closing time.

Patrons with a current PCCC ID may check out a maximum of 5 books.

Patrons with a current PALS Plus library card may check out a maximum of 3 books.

PCCC faculty may check out as many items as they require, including media.

Requesting Items

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) through PALS Plus

PCCC Library patrons may request that items from another library in the PALS Plus system be sent to PCCC Library. This can be done online in the PALS Plus Library Catalog. You will need your library card number and PIN to place the request. 

  • Locate the item in the Library Catalog
  • Click on the item to pull up the display record
  • Click on the blue “Place Hold” link
  • Enter your complete barcode number and PIN
  • From the drop-down menu, choose “PCCC” as the pick-up location
  • Click “Place Hold”


Patrons will be notified when the item arrives; items will be held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days before being returned to the sending library.


PIN Number

Patrons get their initial PIN when they register their card at the Circulation Desk. PIN numbers may be changed at any time by going to the “User PIN Change” link in “My Account” on the PALS Plus Library Catalog.


VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program

PCCC Library patrons may also borrow items on-site from participating college and university libraries in NJ through the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Details can be found here:

Outside Patrons

A patron of a library outside of the PALS Plus and VALE systems with an American Library Association Interlibrary Loan form from their home library, provided they have made arrangements in advance with the Interlibrary Loan Librarian, may request items from PCCC Library.



Photocopy Machines 

Coin-operated photocopy machines are located near the Circulation Desk. Please see Circulation Staff about paper refills. The Library does not make change but the machines do accept $1 bills.

Patrons are responsible for observing applicable copyright laws when reproducing copyrighted material. Please regard the infringement notice on each machine.

The copy machines are shut down 10 minutes prior to Library closing time.



Late items are charged at rate of .10¢/day. 

Patrons who have reached the maximum fine limit of $5.00 will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the fine is paid in-full and all items have been returned in good condition. 

The Library does not receive payments. Circulation Staff will issue a fine slip payable at the Bursar’s Office. Students must return the stamped fine slip to the Circulation Desk for their Library record to be cleared.


Lost Library Materials 

Patrons will be charged for the cost of replacing a lost item plus a $5.00 processing fee.


Lost Personal Items 

All items (e.g., wallets, cell phones, IDs, flash drives, etc.) are brought to the Office of Public Safety (room E100; 973-684-5403) as soon as possible.


Updating Personal Information 

Students should notify Circulation Staff of any changes to their personal information in order to keep their Library record updated. 



Contact the Circulation Desk @ 973-684-5877.