Library Policy

The following policies and procedures are used at the Hennepin Technical College libraries.  Please call the library if you have additional questions:

  • Brooklyn Park Library: 763-488-2929
  • Eden Prairie Library: 952-995-1650

Checking Out Materials

Library items may be checked out to any current student, faculty, or staff with an active student or employee ID card.  Student or Employee ID cards must be presented to check out items as we need to scan the 14-digit library barcode number on the back of your ID card.

  • Print Books -- 3-week checkout
  • DVDs -- 2-day - 1-week checkout
  • Textbooks -- 4-hour checkout
  • Laptops -- 2-day checkout
  • Books on CD -- 3-week checkout

Our textbooks and laptops are considered Amenity Items and are reserved for Student Use Only.  The first time an Amenity Item is borrowed by a student, the student must sign an Amenity Contract and present a valid, government-issued ID card along with their student ID. (For more information, see Amenity Checkout Policy below).

Amenity Item Checkout

The library currently loans out the following Amenity Items:

  • Textbooks -- 4-hour checkout
  • Laptops -- 2-day checkout

To checkout Amenity Items, students must sign a contract stating they have read and understand our Amenity Lending Policy.  The Amenity Lending Policy and Amenity Checkout Agreement (contract) are linked below.  A contract only needs to be signed once. A copy will be kept on file in the library.

In addition to the signed contract, students must also present their Student ID card and an additional valid, government-issued ID (i.e. Driver's license, passport, etc.) for their first Amenity Item checkout.  For subsequent checkouts, only a Student ID card is needed.

For more details on our Amenity Lending Service, please see the following documents:

- Amenity Lending Policy

- Amenity Checkout Agreement (contract)

Library Fines

General Collection Items:

Late fees are typically not charged for print books, audiobooks, and DVDs (not on reserve). However, if an item is more than 3 weeks late, the patron will be billed the full replacement cost of the item, plus a non-refundable $10 processing fee.

If the billed item is returned the replacement cost is waived, but the patron will be responsible for paying a non-refundable $10 processing fee.

Amenity Items:

For all Amenity Items (including laptops, textbooks, or other course reserves), students are charged a late fee of $15/day including Saturdays and Sundays. If an item is not returned within 3 days of the due date, the item is considered lost or stolen and the student will be billed the full replacement cost of the Amenity Item.

If the Amenity Item is returned within 30 days, the replacement cost is waived, but the patron will be responsible for paying all accrued late fees and a non-refundable $10 processing fee.  Amenity Items are not accepted back after 30 days and the patron will be responsible for all replacement costs.

Please Note: In addition to late fees - whenever a student owes money to the library, an academic hold is placed on their student record. The hold remains in place until all fines/fees are paid in full.

At the Brooklyn Park campus, library fines may be paid at the Tuition Window in the Student Registration area.

At the Eden Prairie campus, library fines may be paid at the Bookstore.

Food and Beverage

Food and open beverage containers are not permitted in the library.  Closed beverage containers (i.e. capped water bottles) may be used.

Noise and Behavior in the Library

In the library we strive to create an environment that is condusive to quiet academic study.  Noise carries well in our small library, so to maintain this envrionment we ask our students:

- Please take any cell phone conversations outside the library.

- When working in groups, please keep voices low or request a Group Study Room (see below).

- Please be repectful of everyone using the library, including other students and library staff.

Study Rooms

Small Group Study Rooms (2 small rooms)

- Small group study rooms Student Use Only are available to groups of 2 or more.  (Students wishing to practice a speech or presentation out load may be granted exceptions as availability allows).

- Students may check out small group study rooms with a Student ID card for 2 hours and may renew for 1 additional hour if no other parties are waiting.

- Study rooms may be reserved in advance.  Please notify library staff if you would like to reserve a room.

- If at least 2 group members are not in the room within 15 minutes of sign up, the student may be asked to leave so the room is available for other groups.

- Occupants should remain in the room.  Personal items such as coats and bags, should not be left in the room unattended.  If there are no occupants in the room, we will assume the group is finished with their session.  Any personal items left in the room will be taken to the lost and found at the Security Desk.

- No food or open beverage containers are allowed. Only closed beverages containers (i.e. capped water bottles) are allowed in the group study rooms.

- Our study rooms are not soundproof. Noise should be kept to an appropriate level that does not disturb others outside the room.

  - Study rooms will remain locked when not in use.

 

Library Conference Room (1 large room)

- This room should be reserved by faculty and staff through the Event Management System.

- Student groups of 5 or more may also reserve this room (min. 24 hour notice) up to one week in advance.

- To reserve the room, students see library staff. The library staff will gather information about what the room will be reserved for, number of people, class/club, etc. and submit a room reservation request for the student.

- If a group is more than 15 minutes late to a reservation, their reservation will be cancelled and the room will become available for others.

- If all small study rooms are occupied, student groups of 2 or more will be allowed to use the room if it has not been reserved by other parties.

- For non-reserved parties, there is a 2 hour time limit which may renewed for 1 additional hour if the room is not reserved and other parties are not waiting. Other policies governing the space are similar to the small group study rooms (must checkout the room, can be bumped if additional group members don’t show within 15 min, etc.).

- No food or open beverage containers are allowed. Only closed beverages containers (i.e. capped water bottles) may be used.

- The conference room is not soundproof. Noise should be kept to an appropriate level that does not disturb others outside the room.

- The conference room will remain locked when not in use.

Dry Erase Markers and Erasers are available for checkout at the library circulation desk.

Children in the Library

All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult when in the HTC libraries unless they are enrolled in an HTC program. All supervised children using the library must exhibit appropriate library behavior or the child and adult may be asked to leave the library area.

The library computers are unfiltered. The accompanying adult is responsible for the child's computer use. The adult is expected to make sure children are not violating the MnSCU Acceptable Computer Use Policy. Priority for library computers will be given to current HTC students, faculty, and staff. If a supervised child is using a computer, it should be relinquished immediately if needed by a student, faculty, or staff member.

The library staff may NOT supervise unattended children and are not responsible for their safety. If a child is left unattended in the library, staff will make attempts to locate the parent or guardian. If they are unable to do so, they will contact Campus Security.