About the Library
Flathead Valley Community College Library promotes and provides access to quality information resources and services to promote excellence in lifelong learning, focused on student success and staff and community needs.
NEW Library and Learning Commons
The FVCC Library has relocated to its new home in the Broussard Family Library & Learning Commons adjacent to the Broussard Center for Nursing & Health Science at the south edge of campus.
Public Users The Library collection, services and facilities are available to the public. Public patrons may obtain a free library card under the following provisions:
- The applicant must provide a valid Montana driver’s license, with a current address, to be eligible for a FVCC Library card.
- The applicant must provide a local contact person’s mailing address and phone number and, if applicable, the address and phone number of a local employer.
- The applicant must provide evidence of a local mailing address in the form of a utility bill or equivalent.
Student and Instructional Staff You can obtain your library card at the circulation desk and it must be presented each time you check items out. When scanned, the barcode activates your account on our automated circulation system. We can barcode your student ID card. Loan Period Books check out for 28 days; DVD’s and video cassettes check out for 14 days. Interlibrary loan materials have special due dates assigned by the loaning library. Fines The FVCC Library will assess fines for overdue library materials in an effort to achieve the timely return of loaned items to the collection. The fines will be assessed as follows:
- Fines for overdue BOOKS are .10 per day accumulating to a maximum of $10.00 per item.
- Fines for overdue DVDs are .25 per day accumulating to a maximum of $10.00 per item.
If any item is borrowed and not returned to the library, you are responsible for the replacement cost of the item(s) charged to your account plus a processing fee of $5.00. For public users, if fines and lost book fees are not settled directly with the library, the library will engage the services of a local collection agency to recover delinquent materials and will charge the patron for the cost of this recovery. For students, the library will transmit delinquent accounts to the Business Office to flag the student’s record. Grades and transcripts will be held and further registration blocked until the fines are paid and the account restored.
Lost and Found
The campus Lost & Found is located in the Library. If you believe you may have lost something on campus, please submit online and we will respond to you.
Borrowing: Materials can be checked out using an FVCC student ID card. Books check out for 28 days and DVDs check out for 14 days. Books and DVDs are also available from other Montana Academic Libraries (TRAILS Resource Sharing) and also through Interlibrary loan. These materials have special due dates assigned by the loaning library.
Course Reserves: Faculty often place materials, such as textbooks and course-related articles, on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Most of these materials are for use in the library only, but must still be checked out with a library card. Some textbooks not on course reserves are available in the library’s non-circulating collection of college textbooks.
Media Equipment: The library has a copier, printer, and scanner available for student use. There are also two 360°cameras, and calculators for student checkout.
Computers and Wi-Fi: Desktop computers and circulating laptops are available for student use. In addition, personal computers and mobile devices can connect to the wireless network and can be used for printing.
Assistive Technology Station: The Library has a station with specialized hardware and technology to help those users with visual or mobility needs.
Lost and Found: The Library has a lost-and-found cabinet located at the Circulation Desk.
Resource Sharing (TRAILS): Students who need physical copies of books or media that are not available at the FVCC Library may request these items through our partnership with 16 other Montana Academic Libraries (TRAILS.) Students may request that these items be borrowed and shipped to FVCC for pickup. These items can be found via the library’s online website (Primo) and can be ordered through the student’s library account online. Library staff are available to help locate and order these items for students in person as well. The loan period is at the discretion of the partner library, but may be anywhere from 4-10 weeks.
Interlibrary Loan: Occasionally, students need books or articles that are not available in the library. Library staff at the Circulation Desk can assist in ordering these materials from other libraries. Interlibrary loan takes an average of three days for articles and ten days for books, although some hard-to-find items may take longer. Students are responsible for any fees associated with late, damaged, or lost materials. These fees are set by the lending library and vary. Students are notified by phone or e-mail when items arrive.
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