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Library MISSION & Policies

LMC Library Mission Statement

Updated Fall 2013


The Los Medanos College Library strives to impact the success of all LMC students by teaching information literacy skills and offering the guidance and encouragement to support students in their quest towards their academic goals. The Library provides the entire LMC community with access to a place and information resources designed to support academic inquiry.

LMC Library Policies


The LMC Library strives to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to student learning and assist those patrons who come here to study, research and learn. Library users are expected to adhere to College policies, including the Student Code of Conduct and the Library policies listed below.


Acceptable Behavior in the Library


The Library is a collegiate environment that requires behavior from all patrons to be in line with this atmosphere. Behavior becomes unacceptable when it impinges on the rights of other patrons. Unacceptable behavior includes any form of harassment which could result in physical, or emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others, or when it could result in damage to the facilities, equipment or materials.

Patrons behaving in an unacceptable manner will be asked once to modify their behavior or, upon failure to do so, to leave the library facility. Police will be called if there is no compliance, or if staff feels threatened or unable to handle the situation.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:

  • Abandonment/leaving of young children unattended
  • Abuse/vandalism of library facilities, equipment or material
  • Behavior or language that is offensive to others
  • Bringing pets into the library (“working” dogs are allowed)
  • Eating
  • Entering library without shirt or shoes
  • Excessive noise/noise which disturbs others
  • Harassment/physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, in any form, of other library users or library staff
  • Intoxication
  • Obscene language or activity
  • Roller blading, skating or skateboarding
  • Smoking
  • Unruly/offensive behavior
  • Use of cell phones (phones should be set to silent or vibrate mode)—except in library lobby
  • Using library computer equipment for purposes other than those permitted under the District’s Acceptable Technology Use Policy, or performing any act that damages or disables computer hardware or software

Cell Phone Usage Policy


There is no talking on cell phones in the Library including making or answering calls. Cell phones need to be set to silent or vibrate mode in the Library. If you need to answer or make a call, please step out to the Lobby area to do so.


Texting and listening to voicemails is permitted in the library, but notification of messages needs to be set to silent or vibrate.


Children in the Library

Updated Spring 2014

Children are welcome in the LMC Library. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents or adult guardians are responsible for their children’s activities in the Library, including use of the Internet. The children's collection is located near the entrance of the library.


Classroom & Computer Lab Reservation and Use Policy

Updated Fall 2013

This policy pertains to the use and scheduling of the two computer labs located on the second floor of the library building:

  • Library Computer Lab (room L214)
  • Library Instruction Classroom (room L213)

The Library Department oversees the use and scheduling of the library’s computer classrooms. For questions about room use and/or availability please contact:

Camme Benzler, Sr. Administrative Assistant at x37363 or

Christina Goff, Library Director, x37571.


The following scheduling guidelines will be used:

  • The Library Instruction Classroom can be reserved no more than two weeks in advance for non-library related activities. Scheduling priority for the Instruction Classroom is given to the Library Department.

  • Use of the Library Computer Lab is limited to currently enrolled students and is available on a drop in basis during all open hours.  AMENDED Spring 2013: Due to construction activities in the campus complex, the library computer labs are being used as the primary lab classroom for the Business Department. Business classes requiring the use of a computer lab will be scheduled one semester in advance by the Library’s Sr. Administrative Assistant.

  • Priority scheduling for both rooms is given to the Registered Nursing Department for computerized testing. Testing will be scheduled one semester in advance by the Library’s Sr. Administrative Assistant.

  • Library computer labs are not available for semester length scheduling, and cannot be used for regular class meetings (with the exception of the Business lab classes through Spring 2014). Use of the labs is limited to short term workshops or trainings that require computer access.

  • Class use of the computer labs requires the presence of an instructor or workshop facilitator. 

Collection Development Policy

Updated Fall 2013


This collection development policy provides guidelines for establishing priorities for the selection of library materials and the criteria for withdrawal of materials from the collection.

In recognition of the responsibilities of librarians in making materials available to the public, the LMC Library supports the following policy statements by the American Library Association and the Educational Film Association:

  • Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations
  • Freedom to Read
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Freedom to View

Collection development goals

The primary goal of the Library is to develop and maintain collections that support the curriculum and instructional programs of Los Medanos College and the needs of students, faculty, and staff of the college. The library serves a community of life-long learners with a broad range of interests and prior educational experiences. Therefore, library resources also include a variety of general information resources in subject areas not covered by classroom instruction, but generally supportive of a learning environment including materials that spark curiosity and promote a love of learning.

Within the constraints of available funds and staffing, the Library will acquire and make available materials in various formats, evaluate the existing collection, and develop policies and procedures to maintain the quality of the collection and information resources. The Library has a resource-sharing agreement with Diablo Valley and Contra Costa Colleges that expands the print book collection available to the LMC community.

Selection of materials by the library does not imply endorsement of the contents or the views expressed in those materials. No material will be excluded from the collection because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint or controversial nature of either the author or of the material.

The library supports the college community by providing materials that are sufficient in quantity, currency, depth and variety to facilitate educational offerings, regardless of location or means of delivery.


Guidelines for selection of materials

The following guidelines are presented to assist the librarians in selecting quality materials for inclusion in the Library collections. General factors to be taken into account are:

  • Relevance to curriculum-based needs of students
  • Relevance to instructional needs of the faculty
  • Probable need based on existing programs and collections
  • Intellectual content and scholarly worth
  • Intended audience
  • Format
  • Cost

First priority shall be given to resources which directly support subject areas and vocational emphases currently represented by credit courses offered at Los Medanos College. In order to support the General Education program learning outcomes, materials will be purchased that help people better understand current social, political and scientific issues. Materials added to the collection should be accessible to the general reader, not specialists. Whenever possible, effort will be made to provide users subject coverage that meets the needs of basic skills as well as those looking for advanced scholarship.

In most subject areas, collection development activities will be directed toward an “initial study level” of collection intensity. This will support work in Certificate and Associate degree programs at the community college level.

Contingent upon available funds, secondary priority will be given to backfilling the collection in areas where deficiencies have been identified by faculty or library staff.

In addition to these general guidelines, policy statements for specific formats and areas of the collection are presented below.


Reference collection

The reference collection is intended to meet the verification, location, and information needs of the college community by providing basic reference works in subject areas covered by the curriculum, as well as general information requests. The reference collection may include both print and electronic materials.


Reserve collection

The reserve collection consists of textbooks and other materials being used for current classes. Purchases for the Reserve collection are made using funds from various grants and donations. Currently the library maintains two locations for reserve items, one at the Pittsburg Library and one at the Brentwood Center. The loan periods range from two hours to one week. Prior to the semester start, textbook selections are made based on past student demand and courses offered each semester. There are three methods to request the addition of textbooks to the Reserve Collections in Brentwood or Pittsburg.

  • Instructors may donate an extra copy of textbooks or other course materials.
  • Instructors may request that the Library purchase a copy of textbooks or other course materials.
  • Students may request textbooks or other course materials.


Selection of media items, including films and audio recordings should emphasize support for classroom instruction, along with the quality, effectiveness, and currency of the material.

Whenever possible, selectors should negotiate a test or trial period for expensive media. Listed below are general issues to be considered in the selection of media items.

  • Cost effectiveness and durability and accessibility of the format
  • Availability of closed captioning and ADA compliance.
  • Cost and/or availability of appropriate equipment
  • Cost and/or availability of sufficient technical support for maintenance of software and hardware

Electronic resources

In addition to on campus users, electronic resources meet the needs of distance learners and those who need library materials during hours that the building is closed. Therefore this collection should include materials that are sufficient in quantity, currency, depth and variety to facilitate educational offerings. Electronic resource selection is conducted twice a year based on subscription schedules.

In addition to general selection guidelines, electronic resources will be considered for selection based on the following criteria:

  • User interface
  • ADA compliance
  • Unique features
  • Expected demand

Children’s collection

This collection supports the Child Studies Program at LMC. Materials selected should be suitable for children 2-5 years old.


Spanish language collection

This collection is comprised of Spanish language materials which are selected based on the above Guidelines for Selection of Materials. When available, dual language (Spanish /English) editions are given priority.



Print periodicals are selected based on the above Guidelines for Selection of Materials. Librarians should consult the A-Z List of electronic title holdings before making new print selections. Print periodicals selection is conducted annually.



Most gifts are accepted with the understanding that materials not added to the collection will be disposed of in ways most advantageous to the library. Because all items added to the collection generate processing and storage costs, materials received as gifts must be approved by the Technical Services Librarian.



Weeding is an important part of the overall collection development process. Building a viable collection of materials to serve the college community is a dynamic process that includes assessment and the removal of materials that are outdated or damaged. Librarians are responsible for weeding the collection on a continuous basis.


Guidelines for Weeding the Collection

The following categories of materials will be considered for weeding from the collection.

  • Outdated or inaccurate materials.
  • Superseded editions.
  • Excessively worn or damaged materials.
  • Multiple copies of monographs which are no longer needed to support the curriculum.
  • Items that have not been used within a reasonable period of time, except for classics and standard titles.
  • Whenever possible, monographs initially chosen for discard will be checked against standard bibliographies. Faculty may also be consulted before items are permanently discarded from the collection.
  • All full time librarians must approve all materials to be weeded.


Computer Use Policy

Updated Fall 2013

Priority will be given to LMC coursework or college related business.

Users are required to:

  • act responsibly
  • respect the rights of others
  • not abuse the equipment / resources provided

Computers are NOT to be used to:

  • surf sexually explicit/gambling websites
  • attempt unauthorized access to any system (hacking)
  • disrupt or unauthorized monitoring of network traffic
  • create viruses or intentionally spreading viruses
  • install un-licensed software
  • harass someone

Usage Do’s and Don’ts:

  • no food or uncovered beverages allowed
  • all your documents must be saved onto your own removable media device
  • copying, deleting or modifying the software/computer setup is strictly prohibited
  • minor children who are not LMC students must be accompanied by an adult
  • loud, disruptive, and/or abusive behavior on the part of the student will result in progressive disciplinary action including revocation or suspension of computer privileges


Food & Drinks Policy


Covered drinks may be brought into the first floor of Library except in the Computer Labs in which only bottled water is permitted. No food is allowed anywhere in the Library.


Holds Policy


Any library patron may place a hold on a circulating item. Holds may be placed online via the library computer system or in person with a library circulation staff person. Items will be held for up to 7 calendars days, after which they will be returned to regular circulating status if not picked up by the patron. Patrons will be notified by email when their item is ready for pick up.


Printing & Copying Policy


The LMC Library charges 10¢ per page for black and white copies and print documents using a Pinnacle copy card. Color printing is available for 35¢ per page. The Library does not provide refunds in the case of user error, but will make compensation in the case of mechanical problems with the equipment.


Pornography Policy


A copy of the Computer Use Policy is posted on the computers in the Information Commons. Part 9 states:

CCCCD’s Acceptable Technology Use Policy specifically prohibits the use of District computers in “attempting to defraud another, threatening physical harm to another, procuring or distributing obscene material in any form, or unlawfully harassing another”. Violations of the District’s Acceptable Technology Use policy will be reported and handled through the proper channels.

In accordance with this, patrons are not permitted to view pornographic material on library computers. If a patron is found to be viewing pornographic material in the Library, they will be asked to stop and leave the Library.


Privacy Policy

Updated Fall 2014

Library Circulation Records:

Under California law and in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, library patron records and circulation records are confidential. The Library will not disclose any information concerning library users or circulation activity to non-library staff, except under legal constraint. Within their online Library catalog account, patrons have the ability to choose to save the circulation history for their own use. Unless patrons activate this feature, circulation information is not saved after materials are returned.


Library Electronic Resources:

Use of the Library website and electronic resources generate usage data which is used by the library to analyze and improve its services. Data is not associated with individual users.


Photography and Video Recording:

In order to protect patron privacy and maintain an environment conducive to learning, the Library does not allow any photography or video recording without explicit permission from the Library Director. Permission may be granted for special events, but those pictured are required to sign release forms to ensure that they are willing to be photographed.



Telephone Use Policy

Updated Spring 2014

Library phones are for staff use only except in extenuating circumstances such as patrons calling for rides or students needing assistance from other college departments.