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Who may borrow
Recalling checked-out materials
Any resident of Massachusetts can request a GCC Library card by presenting a photo ID at the circulation desk. Current GCC students, faculty and staff may request a library card in person or online.
Books (both digital and print, as well as DVDs, audio books, and more) are found using the GCC Library Catalog or by browsing the shelves of the library. If a book you want is checked out, you may place a hold on the book and it will be held for you when the item is returned.
Need help learning how to search or place a hold in the GCC catalog? Don’t have a computer at home? Get help by visiting or calling the library at 413-775-1830.
All currently enrolled students and members of the faculty and staff at GCC may borrow upon presentation of a GCC library card. Former students, alumni, and other citizens of the Commonwealth may borrow by filling out a registration card, producing acceptable identification and obtaining a library card. No material will be loaned without a library card. The library card must be presented when checking out library materials. Library cards are issued for a three year period.
Books in the general collection circulate for four weeks and may be renewed by presenting the book’s call number at the circulation desk. Books may also be renewed by telephone or online through the GCC Library Catalog. Online renewal requires access to the patron’s library record which is available under the blue LOGIN button from the library catalog page.
There are no fines for overdue material, but borrowers must pay replacement value of unreturned or damaged material. One reminder is sent for overdue material before a bill for the replacement cost is rendered. Borrowers may not check out additional materials until overdue items are returned. Students who have not returned Library materials that are a month overdue will have their college record flagged and will become subject to disqualification from registration and withholding of grades, transcripts, diplomas, and certificates until their Library account has been satisfied.
When print materials are needed by GCC affiliates (students, faculty, or staff), the GCC Library will recall items that are checked out to community members without a GCC affiliation. The Library will not recall items that are already checked out to or placed on hold by another GCC affiliate.
Borrowing of visual materials (videos and DVDs) is limited to GCC faculty and staff and Franklin County public school teachers. If another GCC faculty or staff member requests a video or DVD that is currently checked out, the Library will contact the faculty or staff member or teacher who has checked out the material and request that it be returned as soon as possible as a courtesy. The Library will not seek the return of visual material from a GCC faculty or staff member for a Franklin County teacher.
The following items are for in-library use and may not be borrowed by library patrons:
- Videos and DVDs (may be borrowed by GCC Faculty and staff and Franklin County public school teachers only)
- Periodicals, including newspapers
- Reserve materials. Request reserve materials at the circulation desk by course code.
- Reference materials (any book marked “Ref” in the call number, found to the left of the reference desk)
- Rare books (any book marked “Rare” in the call number)
- MacLeish collection. This material is available for serious research by appointment.