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Policies

Library policies.

Loan Periods

Calmar Campus

Faculty/Staff Students Community Members
Books and 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 and 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

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. 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.

Distance Education/Online Learning

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).

Community and NICC Peosta Computer Usage

  • 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.

Library Orientation

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.