Library Policies - ECTC Students

    Book and DVD checkout

    The library's online databases provide a vast number of readily accessible research resources. Nevertheless, you will often find that the best resources may be found in our print book collection. A list of guidelines pertaining to the borrowing of print books follows:

    You need a library card in order to check out books. Bring your library card when you come to campus. If you do not have a library card, you may obtain one at the circulation desk. You must bring a photo ID that displays your current address (valid driver's license or state-issued non-driver's ID), and your student identification number to sign up for a card.

    If you are a registered student, you may have no more than eight books checked out at any given time. The check-out period is three weeks. You may renew books ONCE for another three weeks.

    Please place books you wish to return in the book drop in the circulation desk. If you wish to drop materials off after hours, please place them in the book drop on the exterior of the Learning Resources Center building. This drop is located to the right of the front doors.

    The only materials that are available for checkout are the books housed on the shelf units labeled STACKS, and the videocassettes and DVDs in the SGA collection (located near the circulation desk.) Books located in the Reference area, as well as magazines, microfilm, newspapers, reserve materials, and videos and DVDS that are not part of the SGA collection do not leave the library.


    Sometimes instructors will place materials on reserve for specific classes. If your instructor indicates that he or she has placed something on reserve for a class, please come to the circulation desk and give the name of your instructor and the course number. You will be asked for your library card.

    Materials must remain in the library, but you can make photocopies at the photocopiers near the circulation desk. Copies cost 10 cents per page. The machines take dimes, nickels and quarters, as well as one-dollar bills. If you need to change a five or a ten dollar bill, please come to the circulation desk.

    Interlibrary Loan

    Interlibrary Loan Request Form

    You may find, on occasion, that you need an item that is not part of the collection in our library.  You can still get this item through Interlibrary Loan. You will need to fill out an interlibrary loan request form (available online on the library's homepage.) Please follow the instructions carefully. You will need to know or have your KCTCS user ID, library card barcode number and student ID number in order to fill out this form. You will also need to provide the book or article title, author name, and publication date. If you are requesting a journal or magazine article, you will also need to provide the journal/magazine name and the page numbers.

    Please note that items listed as being on reserve, shelved in reference, special collections materials, or videos do not circulate and are not available for interlibrary loan. Journals may not be loaned, but journal articles may be copied and sent via ILL. No more than four requests from one patron may be processed on a given day at a time. Please note that some items may not be renewed, depending on the policy of the school from which the item is loaned. Renewal policy varies from school to school.

    Generally, interlibrary loan materials take between 5 and 10 days to arrive. We will email you when a book or article arrives. You may pick up your book or article at the library's circulation desk. You must show a photo ID in order to pick up your item. Once you obtain the materials, you are responsible for them until you return them.

    In order to take advantage of this service, you need to start your research projects as early as possible. The end of the semester is a particularly busy time for interlibrary loans, both at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and at the other colleges in the KCTCS system. This has the effect of increasing the time between requests and arrivals.

    Internet Use

    The library provides 24 workstations for Internet-based research. Do not access porn or conduct private business from these computers. Class assignments and library research takes precedence over all other uses. Microsoft Office products are available on the workstations. Anyone under the age of 16 wishing to use the workstations must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

    All library workstations require a user ID and password. If you are a registered student you will use your KCTCS email user ID and password to log on as a user. If you have not set up your KCTCS email account, we will assist you in setting it up. You must know or have your student number in order to set up your email.

    If you are not registered for ECTC classes, you must present a photo id and apply for a temporary user ID and password. Students have priority use of workstations. Check the Community Users link for more information about ECTC library policies for community patrons.


    The workstations are networked to one of two printer/photocopiers. Take note of your station number and printer location on the bottom right corner of your monitor BEFORE you go to retrieve your printouts. Follow the instructions on the posters above the printers in order to retrieve your printouts.

    You do not have to pay for printouts at this time. Do NOT print out multiple copies. All printouts will use both sides of the paper.

    Study Areas

    The general study area refers to the tables and study carrels in the center of the library. Students may talk quietly at these tables. The quiet study area refers to the tables and study carrels in the back of the library, behind the book shelving area. Please refrain from talking at these tables and carrels.


    Please refrain from eating or smoking in the library. You may bring in drinks if they have lids or caps. Please refrain from talking on your cell phones. If you must take a call go to the LRC lobby. Children must be supervised at all times.

    This page is maintained by Laurie MacKellar