Library & Hub Policies

Borrowing Procedures

Checking Out Materials

All library materials, except selected reserve materials, are on the open shelves. All materials except periodicals, reference, and most reserve materials may be checked out of the library. You may check out up to 20 items at a time.

To check out materials you must present one of the following forms of identification: 

  • a valid MCC ID
  • your Student ID number along with a government-issued photo ID with your current address

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 user registration or circulation activity to non-library staff, except under legal constraint.

Loan Periods

Materials may be checked out of the library for the following time periods:

Books 21 days
Bestsellers 42 days
CDs 7 days
Videotapes & DVDs 7 days


All materials are due back by the date on the checkout receipt.

Periodicals are not available for checkout. Please consult the library's periodical databases or ask a librarian for assistance.

Scanning Library Materials

Scanners are available in the library; KIC BookEdge Scanners make instant PDFs for emailing or saving to USB. In accordance with MiraCosta College's Copyright Policy, only single articles of a periodical or less than one chapter of a book may be duplicated.


Renewing Materials

Patrons may renew checked out materials online, by phone or in person. Most items may be renewed one time only.

Online: Select Renew Library Materials from the Books/Media tab on the Library homepage.
By phone: Call the Oceanside Circulation Desk at (760) 795-6715 or San Elijo Circulation Desk at (760) 634-7850 during library hours.
In person: Visit the Oceanside or San Elijo Circulation Desk to renew material.




Placing a Hold

Holds may be placed on library material using the Place Hold feature in the Library catalog. Patrons may arrange to have material sent to the Oceanside campus, San Elijo campus, or the Community Learning Center (CLC). However, holds may not be placed on Reference items or items on course reserve. For more information, visit or call the Oceanside Circulation Desk (760) 795-6715 or San Elijo Circulation Desk (760) 634-7850. 


Returning Library Materials

Library materials may be returned to either the San Elijo or Oceanside campus libraries. Drop boxes are available outside of the library for materials that are returned after library hours.


Textbooks rented from the Bookstore and returned in error to an exterior library book return are forwarded to that campus bookstore.  Students should contact the bookstore directly to resolve any charges resulting from improper rental textbook returns.


Overdue Material, Holds, & Fees

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 to 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 room 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 $54.25 per item fee against the patron's record. A notice of this fee and consequences is mailed to the patron at the time of posting.

  • 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 go to the campus cashier and pay the $54.25 per item fee plus a college-imposed fee of $10.00 per incident.
  • All materials remain the property of the library.


Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges for Palomar College, MiraCosta College, and Cal State San Marcos Students

The services of the MiraCosta College Library have been designed especially to meet the needs of the students of MiraCosta College and to support the college curriculum. Library services are generally available to any area resident and we particularly welcome students from other institutions.

To obtain reciprocal borrowing privileges, students enrolled at Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos must come in to the Library in person and present a valid, current identification card from their own institution, accompanied by a photo ID if no photo is included on the student card (NCHEA Libraries reciprocal lending agreement). Library staff will enter the student into our database.

One restriction applies to reciprocal borrowing privileges: Interlibrary loans must be arranged through the institution at which the student is currently enrolled.

  • All circulating items may be renewed once. Renewals may be requested in person or by phone.
  • No fines are imposed for late materials, but students are held responsible for items not returned and are charged a $54.25 per item fee.
  • No refunds are given.
  • Each student, and not his/her home institution, is responsible for materials lent to him/her and all resultant replacement fees under these reciprocal borrowing privileges.
  • The institution at which a student is enrolled may, at the request of MiraCosta College, place the student under campus-wide hold for unreturned materials.


Interlibrary Loan

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. 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.

Please complete the appropriate form for a book request or an article request and bring the form to the library reference desk for verification.


Borrowing Privileges for Community Members

Library services are generally available to any area resident. Community members are welcome to come in and use the library at any time without a college identification card but may not borrow materials without a community patron ID card.

  • To obtain borrowing privileges, a community member must come into the library in person and complete a community patron card application.
  • Required information includes full name, address, telephone number, and driver's license or student identification card with a photograph.
  • The cost of a community patron card is $6.00 and is valid for one year after date of issue.
  • Payment is made at the Cashier's Office and the patron photo ID card is obtained at the Student Activities Office.
  • Community patrons who abuse borrowing privileges may have their privileges limited or revoked.
  • Wireless network access and interlibrary loan privileges are reserved for MiraCosta faculty, staff and students currently enrolled in credit courses.