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Library Policies and Procedures: Community Use Policy

Community Card Application

Community Use





Community Use Policy

Priority use of Roberts Library facilities and resources is reserved for current students, faculty, and staff of Dalton State College.  However, members of the public are invited to use the materials, facilities, and equipment of the Roberts Library as long as library policies are followed responsibly.  For their own safety, children must not be left unattended.   Security may be called if children are left without adult supervision.  In addition, library users under the age of 16 must have direct adult supervision while using library workstations.  To be able to borrow materials from the Derrell C. Roberts Library, patrons must be in good standing with the library.

To borrow books, a formal application for a Community Card may be made by persons 18 years of age or older.  A Georgia driver’s license or other form of identification is required to verify your address.  Exception to the 18-years of age requirement will be given to 17-year old high school graduates or dual-enrolled students.  Applicants must be a resident of one of the following counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens, Walker or Whitfield.

Community borrowers may check out 5 items at a time for a loan period of thirty (30) days. 

Items may be renewed once for an additional period of thirty (30) days.  Renewals will be made over the telephone if no students or faculty have requested the item.  The Derrell C. Roberts Library reserves the right to refuse to renew items that are required for campus use.

All items borrowed must be returned to the Book Drop outside the main lobby entrance or at the Circulation Desk.

Community users must return materials by their due date. An email reminder will be sent to the patron.  There will be a grace period of 1 week before fees are charged. If an item is not returned after the grace period, there will be a processing fee and a replacement cost charged to the borrower. The processing fee for a book is $20.00.  The default lost item replacement fee is $75.00, but could be more depending on the title. 

Community cards are valid only for the person to whom they are issued.  Cards may not be lent to family members, friends, or others.  You are responsible for the safe and timely return of all items checked out to your card.  Please return borrowed items promptly in order that others may use them in the future.

Magazines, journals, newspapers, videos, and reference books are not checked out but may be photocopied or used In-Library.


Revised December 2017

Approved by the Faculty Senate 2/8/18