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Library policies


  • The only exception is bottled water


The WLAC Library Group Study Rooms are designed to provide a space for students to work on collaborative projects. Rooms are primarily located on the perimeter of the library.


Group Study Room Policies:

  • Study rooms are for groups of two or more people.
  • Individual users may use these rooms, but must relinquish the room when a group arrives or asked by library staff.
  • Rooms are available on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations. One person may not "reserve" a room until the rest of the group arrives.
  • Books, bookbags or other belongings may not be left in a room to "claim" or "hold" the room. The library staff reserves the right to remove items from an unoccupied study room. Belongings may be claimed at the Circulation Desk, Lost and Found. The library is not responsible for personal belongings.
  • Do not move furniture in or out of the room.
  • No food or drink in any rooms in the library. (Exception: bottled water)
  • No loud talking. Even though you are in a room, load voices can be easily heard through the walls.
  • WLAC faculty and staff may reserve a study room to conduct college business. Call (310) 287-4269 for more information.

see also Standards of Conduct on Campus




Purpose / Mission Statement

The mission of the Circulation Department of the WLAC Library is to function as the center for the distribution and intake of library materials. It collects, organizes, maintains, and provides materials in multiple formats including, but not limited to print, electronic, and disc. It also sets the policies for the use of such materials. These policies, which may change from time to time and without notice, are set forth below.

General Information

The facilities and resources of the WLAC Library are open to all users. Only currently enrolled students, faculty, staff with valid ID, however, are eligible to charge (borrow or check out) library items. All circulating materials must be checked out at the circulation desk and returned to the circulation desk during operating hours. 

Library materials are to be checked out with a current WLAC student photo ID; this ID card is also the Library card. ID cards from other libraries, including those of other district colleges, are not recognized by the WLAC Library. They cannot be used to check out Library materials from the WLAC Library. All ID card holders are responsible for transactions made on their cards whether they are incurred by them personally or by another. Thus, lost cards should be reported to both Campus Police and to the Circulation Department immediately and replaced to avoid penalties and fees related to the unauthorized use of an ID. ID cards are non-transferable. Student photograph, name, and student ID number displayed on the ID card are used to verify card ownership.

Please notify the Admissions Office of any change of name and/or address. 

Books from the General Collection (3rd floor stacks) are checked out for an initial period of three weeks. They may be renewed up to three times, but only in person. Telephone renewals are not accepted. 

Holds cannot be placed on general collection materials (see “Online Library Catalog” below). 

Each student may have up to 10 books checked out at any one time. 

Borrowing resources from the Library is a privilege granted to students in good standing at the College.  This privilege may be suspended or revoked if District, College, and Library policies, rules, and regulations are violated.

Please return materials promptly so that others may use them. Late library materials are assessed a fine according to the schedule below (see “Loan Periods and Fines”). Fines are payable by cash only. The overdue “clock” continues until the fine is paid. Failure to return noticed overdue items and to pay fines may result in one or more of the following actions:

  • Suspension of borrowing privileges
    Transcripts placed on hold
  • Registration privilege revoked
  • Library privileges suspended
  • Further legal action undertaken

Loan Periods and Fines


Loan Period


General Collection Book

21 days

25 cents/day

Reserve Textbooks

2 hours

$3/hour or portion thereof

Reserve Textbooks

Overnight, 3 and 7-day

$10.00/24-hour period


Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are to be obtained at the Circulation Counter.  Reserve materials are materials provided to the Library by college instructors for use by their classes, so these do NOT belong to the Library.  The Library acts a custodian for them and loans these materials out according to the directions of the instructors.  Thus, if the lending period for an item is for 2 hours, Library-use only, those conditions were prescribed by the instructor of your class, not the Library.  The Library will not change those conditions unless requested to do so in writing by the instructor.  Reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Counter.  Do not deposit Reserve materials in the book drops. NO RENEWALS FOR RESERVE MATERIALS (2 hr reserve have 1 hr waiting period between each checkout, Overnight, 3 and 7 day reserve have 1 day waiting period between each checkout)


Interlibrary Loans (ILL’s)

Books borrowed from other District Libraries are subject to the policies, rules, and regulations of the lending library. 

ILL’s may be accomplished only in person and at the borrowing library. ILL’s are not available for renewal beyond the initial loan period.

Since it takes from 3-5 working days for an ILL to be processed, it is in the interest of the borrower to plan ahead.

Students enrolled in other District colleges may borrow books from WLAC Library only through the Interlibrary Loan procedure, initiated by contacting the Circulation office of the student’s home college library.


Non-returned and Lost Items

  • The replacement charge for a lost or non-returned item is a minimum of $150.00.
  • An item is considered lost when either the borrower informs the library that the item is lost or the item has not been returned by the end of 31 school days after the due date.
  • Unpaid bills for lost and late books will create a hold on a student’s transcripts, prevent registration for future classes, and constitutes cause for legal action.


Replacement/Damage Fee

  •  A fee of $50.00 may be assessed for materials damaged or removed from binders/folders.
  • Replacement Cost for reserve materials owned by the instructor (actual cost of the item).
  •  Damage Fee – Based on assessment of damage, but at minimum $20.00.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges

Library borrowing privileges and remote access to databases will be suspended if library fines and charges are not paid by the end of 30 days after the due date.

A hold will be placed on the student’s record if fines/charges are not paid by the end of 60 days after the due date. The student cannot register or receive grades or transcripts until the fines and fees are paid.

All library charges must be paid at the Circulation Desk in cash. The library does not accept checks, debit or credit cards. After payment of the charges, patrons will be given a receipt. At that time, holds or blocks on a student’s library account and school record will be removed.     

Appeal of Fines or Charges

An appeal of fees can be made to the librarian in charge of circulation. The outcome of an appeal is at the sole discretion of the librarian. If a resolution is not found, students should refer to the WLAC Student Handbook for “Student Complaint and Due Process Procedures.”

Online Library Catalog

The Library’s online catalog displays some functions or transactions that the WLAC Library by policy does not honor or recognize. One such function is the Hold transaction (which places a Hold on a book or other library item); the Library does not honor this function and in fact when a Hold is encountered by staff it is removed.

Please note that the Catalog does not accurately reflect the physical holdings, despite the Library’s best efforts to ensure that it does. The actual holdings tend to be in flux due to several reasons, among them theft, vandalism, mis-shelving (deliberate and accidental), and simple human error.


Every patron has a right to privacy while using information. All circulation records and any other library records identifying the names of library users are confidential. Names of borrowers will not be disclosed nor information on materials used by a patron.