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NICC Library: About

Mission & Vision Statements

The Library exists to further the education of students, support the instructional needs of faculty and staff, and enrich the lives of the NICC community through its collections, services, and collaborative learning opportunities.

(Adopted May, 2020)

The Library empowers users to identify and critically evaluate information, and nurtures an appreciation of intellectual discovery, lifelong learning, and reading enjoyment.

(Adopted May, 2020)

Northeast Iowa Community College provides in-demand education and training focused on improving lives, driving business success and advancing community vitality.

Northeast Iowa Community College will be the premier source for in-demand education, workforce training and partnerships, through innovative thinking and talent development.

Service: We listen, identify and respond to the needs and expectations of our internal and external communities.

Respect: We show consideration for one another and encourage diverse perspectives to build trust, cooperation and accountability.

Stewardship: We use our resources in a responsible, impactful and sustainable manner.

Innovation: We foster the development and advancement of ideas through individual and team creativity.

Integrity: We are ethically accountable to ourselves and others.

Resiliency: We learn from our experiences, refocus and seize the opportunity to improve and persist.

Library Tour

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Calmar Campus

Faculty/Staff Students Community Members
Books & Audiobooks 3 Months 3 Weeks 2 Weeks
DVDs  3 Months 1 Week 1 Week
Laptop Computers/iPads Semester Loan Non-Lending Non-Lending
Magazines 1 Week 1 Week 1 Week
Reserve Materials Loan Period Varies Loan Period Varies Loan Period Varies

All items may be renewed if there are no pending requests.

Peosta Campus

Faculty/Staff Students Community Members
Books & Audiobooks 3 Months 3 Weeks 2 Weeks
DVDs 3 Months 1 Week 1 Week
Laptop Computers/iPads Semester Loan 2 Hours, Library Use ONLY Non-Lending
Magazines 1 Week 1 Week 1 Week
Reserve Materials Loan Period Varies Loan Period Varies Loan Period Varies

All items may be renewed if there are no pending requests.

Interlibrary Loan is a service offered by the NICC libraries to expand the resources available to our students, faculty and staff.  Materials such as books, articles, DVDs, and audiobooks may be requested. Items can be borrowed from either NICC campus, Iowa centered libraries, and national libraries, thus may take extra time to aquire. Please carefully search the collections at NICC including the full-text electronic resources before requesting a title from another library.

  • Should charges, fines, and fees be assessed by the lending library, they will be the responsibility of the NICC borrower. Patrons will be notified before charges are incurred.
  • Check with your campus library for interlibrary loan policies.
  • Library staff will contact you via email or phone call when materials arrive.
  • Books and articles should be picked up within 5 days of notification.
  • Respect the privilege of interlibrary borrowing and return materials on time.

The Northeast Iowa Community College campus libraries will mail books to students who live 50 miles from a campus or NICC center and are currently enrolled in an NICC distance education program. A maximum of five books, per mailing, will be delivered to the student's home address. Books will circulate for two months and cannot be renewed. Books must be returned by mail directly to the lending library and postmarked on or before the due date.

Please also keep in mind that a local public library may be the fastest way to receive your books. Many libraries participate in consortia and have access to the collections of other public and college libraries in your state.

Items not available for loan by mail include:

  1. Reserve and Reference items

  2. Any item deemed too fragile by the library staff

  3. Any book items not currently in the library’s collection (interlibrary loans for books cannot be obtained at a distance and must be placed through the students’ local public library, if available).

  • Children, in preschool through middle school, will be limited to 60 minutes on a community computer each day.
  • Community members may use NICC student computers when classes are not in session, but NICC students will have priority at all times.
  • Community members have priority on the designated community computers. Community members must sign in at the circulation desk for computer usage.
  • All NICC Library users must adhere to the NICC Acceptable Computer Use Policy when using any College computer.

To schedule a student tour, please contact the campus library nearest you. These tours may include information regarding use of Internet sites, research paper aids, the online public access catalog, and appropriate library materials that lend themselves to a particular course of study.

Faculty/Staff: If you plan to give your own tour, please let the library staff know ahead of time, so we may inform you of changes or new materials of interest for your group.

Hot Spot Use Policy

NICC Libraries

NICC has a limited number of internet hotspots for college students and employees to borrow.

(1)      Hotspots automatically circulate until the end of an academic semester regardless of when during the semester they are borrowed.

(2)      Hotspots may be renewed by the borrower only after the conclusion of a semester, and only if there is no one else waiting to use them.

(3)      If no hotspots are available at the time you check the library catalog, you may place a hold on one.  Once a hotspot gets returned, holds will be processed automatically in the order they were received.

(4)      Attempts to renew hotspots during a semester are not permitted.  Renewal requests initiated in your patron library account will automatically renew to the same due date at the end of the semester.

(5)      Hotspots in use will not be recalled by the library from a current borrower.  Those wishing to use a hotspot when none are available are encouraged to place a hold on a hotspot in our catalog, or ask library staff to place a hold for you.  When a borrowed hotspot is returned holds will be filled in the order placed.

(6)      Hotspots not returned by the borrowing due date will be shut off by the library and no longer function.  Hotspots not returned to the library will eventually be declared lost and the borrower will be billed for the replacement cost.

(7)      Hotspots may be borrowed at any campus library in person, or online via our library catalog.  Hotspot borrowing requests initiated online may be picked up at a campus library, any NICC service location throughout the district, or can be mailed to an address on file with the college.