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Community Patron Guidelines: Community Patron Guidelines

Community Patrons Guidelines

Eligibility

Members of the community served by WITC may fill out a form for a community patron account in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Patrons must be 18 years or older. Due to licensing agreements with library vendors, community patron account privileges limit access to e-books or databases to use inside the LRC. No access is granted for e-books or databases outside of the LRC.

Community accounts expire after one year. Community patrons may renew their account without filling out another form if it is less than a year since their account expired and if the Community Patron Guidelines have not been updated since they created or last renewed their account.

Although community patrons are always welcome in the LRC, priority is given to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) students.

Identification Requirements

To apply for a community patron account, patrons must show a non-expired government issued picture ID (such as a driver’s license), have an email account, phone number.

Computer Use

Due to limited resources, community patrons have two-hour access to computers each day.

LRC Technicians may refuse access to non-WITC users during times of high demand. They also reserve the right to ask non-WITC and recreational users to give up their computers for WITC students who need them for educational or curriculum-related activities.

Community patrons cannot use flashdrives or other external memory drives with the computers.

Community patrons cannot use computers if they have outstanding fines or overdue items.

Borrowing Items

Community patrons may borrow up to five items at a time from the General, Health & Wellness, or Audiovisual collections. Please bring a driver’s license or other photo ID to verify identity upon check-out.  

Items from the Course Reserves, Reference, and BlueBox collections are not available for community check-out.

Headphones are the only equipment available for check-out, and they are only available for use in the LRC.

Renewing Items

Community patrons may renew items once, and they must bring the item into the LRC to renew.

Fines

Fines vary depending on the material borrowed. See the LRC policy page for more details. Community patrons cannot check out items if they have outstanding fines or overdue items.

Interlibrary Loan

Our request services like interlibrary loan are not available to community patrons. We recommend that community patrons ask their local library for this service.

Huddle Rooms

Huddle rooms are reserved for WITC students and staff use.

Privacy

The Learning Resource Center holds all community patron information confidential under the same privacy standards as WITC students and employee information.


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