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Borrowing

Borrow Technology

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Laptops

Semester-Long Loan

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Hotspots

Semester-Long Loan

Request a Hotspot
Headphones

Headphones

For Use in Library

Library Hours

Charging Cables

For Use in Library

Library Hours

Return Technology

Laptops & Hotspots FAQ

Return Books & DVDs

Books, DVDs, and other library materials can be returned to the drop box on the Oceanside Campus.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a book or periodical article you need is not in the MiraCosta College Library collection, we will be happy to attempt to obtain it for you from another library. There is currently no charge for this service; for this reason, we do reserve the right to limit the number of items we can request for you at one time. 

Interlibrary Loan services are a cooperative arrangement through which libraries throughout the world may request materials from one another. Many libraries, including MiraCosta, use the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to facilitate the Interlibrary Loan service. OCLC presently provides online access to nearly 20 million titles.

Please complete and submit the appropriate form for a book request or an article request. We will contact you if we have any questions. Otherwise you will be contacted when the item will be available.

Borrowing Policies

Overdue Items & Fines

No daily fines are collected for overdue material. When an item is overdue, the patron receives a courtesy notice informing them of the overdue status and providing the opportunity to renew the material. The patron is blocked from checking out any library material until the overdue item is returned or renewed. If there is no response to this notice within a week, a second courtesy notice is sent.

When an item is overdue for 30 days, a letter is sent notifying the patron of the material's "long overdue" status. At this point, a campus-wide hold is placed on the patron's record and is in effect until the patron has returned or paid for the material. He or she is unable to register for classes or obtain grades and transcripts. Return of the material will result in the removal of the campus-wide hold. However, failure to return course reserve material when due may result in suspension of reserve material borrowing privileges.

If a patron fails to respond to the "long overdue" notice within the time period specified on the notice, the library will post a replacement fee for each long overdue item against the patron's record. A notice of this fee and consequences is mailed to the patron at the time of posting.

  • Patrons will be charged the actual replacement cost for books and DVDs, a $40 flat fee for playaways and playaway/book sets, and a $50 flat fee for playaway/book/DVD sets.
  • After a fee is posted, no arrangements may be made with the library.
  • Return of the materials will not negate the posted fee.
  • To restore campus privileges, the patron must pay all replacement fees, plus a college-imposed processing fee of $10.00 per incident, through Cashiering Services.
  • All materials remain the property of the library.

For information on overdue laptops, mobile hotspots and other library technology, please see the Library Technology User Agreement.

Borrowing Privileges for MiraCosta Students

Currently enrolled MiraCosta students will need to present a SURF ID card or alternate photo ID (drivers license, Real ID, military ID, passport) when checking out materials from the Library. This includes items in the Closed Reserves section.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

MiraCosta College Library offers free reciprocal borrowing privileges to students, staff, and faculty of both Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. Students must present a valid student ID card from their own institution. If the ID card does not bear an expiration date or current sticker, an additional proof of enrollment must be presented. Faculty and staff members from Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos must also present a valid, current employee ID from their own institution.

Community Borrowing Privileges

Community members are welcome to apply for a library card at no charge. Please visit the library during our open hours and bring a photo ID to register. Community members may borrow Books, CDs, DVDs and Playaways.

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