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 NLC Discovery Online Catalog. Click on the Sign In button at thetop righthand corner of the page. Use your ACES login information. Your first name will appear at the top righthand corner of the screen. Click on the dropdown menu, choose My Account. Click the Renew button to the right of the title you would like to renew.

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.