Library FAQ

How do I check out books, media items, laptops, and more?

 Just bring your student ID to the Circulation Desk and we will gladly check out your items. You can get a free student ID by visiting Student Services, and any valid ALAMO ID will work at any ALAMO Library. Some items have restricted circulation definitions. Staff can assist you determine which sources can circulate and for how long.

How many library items can I check out?

Students may have up to 7 items checked out at a time. No more than 2 of these items may be media. Reference materials can only be used in the library.

Where can I go if I need help with a research paper or assignment?

Head for the Reference Desk. Reference Librarians are happy to assist you get started with your research project. If you need assistance with structuring your paper, you can also get help in the Academic Support Center on the 2nd floor of the library.

How long can I keep library items checked out?

Student check-out periods are 7 days for media and 21 days for non-media. Check-out periods are shorter near the end of a semester. The other ALAMO Libraries may have different circulation periods for their items.

Can I renew my items?

Yes (except for media). You can do this yourself via the ALAMO Library Online Catalog. Click on My Record on the right-hand side of the page and enter your name and social security number to view and renew the items you currently have checked out. Unfortunately, media cannot be renewed, but books may be renewed once (unless a hold has been placed on them). Some media is in-house use only but you can view any media item in our media viewing room.

How much are library overdue fines?

Overdue media accrues fines at a rate of $0.50 day up to $25.00. Non-media accrue fines at a rate of $0.10 per day up to $25.00. Fines must be paid at the Bursar’s Office.

Can I request items from other libraries?

Yes! Currently enrolled NLC students, faculty, and staff may request to have items from other ALAMO Libraries sent to NLC for them. Just check the ALAMO Library Online Catalog for holdings and availability, then fill out one of our online In-District Borrowing Request Forms. You may also request items from libraries outside the Alamo system via one of our Interlibrary Loan Request Forms.