Library & Hub Policies

Reciprocal Borrowing

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, Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos students must visit 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.

MiraCosta College Reciprocal Borrowing Policy:

  1. All circulating items may be renewed once. Renewals may be requested in person or by phone.
  2. 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.
  3. No refunds are given.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.‚Äč

Two restrictions apply to reciprocal borrowing privileges: Interlibrary loans must be arranged through the institution at which the student is currently enrolled, and the circulation of course reserve material is limited to currently enrolled MiraCosta students.


Current MiraCosta students wishing to exercise reciprocal borrowing privileges at Cal State San Marcos or Palomar College must present library staff at either institution with a valid, current MiraCosta student ID card. For information on obtaining an MCC student ID card, visit the Student Activities Office page