Library Policies

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Library Code of Conduct

  • Please be respectful and mindful of others.

  • Behavior that interferes with a safe and welcoming learning environment will not be tolerated.

  • Only small snacks and covered beverages are allowed in the Library.

  • Wear headphones when listening to audio, videos, or music and listen at a volume that does not disturb others.

  • Library staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • While we want to assist you to the best of our abilities, be aware that Library staff cannot provide individual assistance to the point that it interferes with the operation of the Library. Determination is at discretion of Library staff.

  • Please do not talk on your cell phone while in the Library.

  • Please keep your voice at a level that does not disturb others.

  • Do not present strong pervasive odors, including those caused by perfume, food, or cologne.

  • Comply with the Library staff directives related to computers and other technical equipment.

  • Failure to comply with any of these rules can result in expulsion from the Library.



  • It is the student’s/patron's responsibility to keep track of due dates.

  • There are no late fees but there are replacement charges for lost and damaged items.

  • Reserve materials and technology must be returned to the Cañada College Library.

  • If reserve materials are habitually returned late, Library staff may suspend reserve collection check-out privileges for the semester.

  • The Library does not accept student purchased technology (laptops, graphing calculators, wifi hotspots, etc.) replacements. A replacement fine will be added to the student’s library account.

  • If a patron returns an item from the Cañada College Library collection in unusable condition (excessive wear and tear; excessive writing and/or underlining and highlighting in pen, pencil, marker, or crayon; water damage; etc.) they will be charged either the replacement cost of the item or, after getting approval from Library staff, can purchase a replacement in a condition that meets Library staff standards.


Resolving Student Fines for Unreturned Items

When a student does not return high cost and/or high demand Library items (such as textbooks, Chromebooks, laptops, graphing calculators, etc.) by the due date, the Library will make reasonable efforts to contact the student to resolve unreturned items. This includes email and phone calls and may include contacting non-library faculty, staff, or administration.

If the student does not respond or the Library and the student are not able to come to a resolution, the Library will take the following actions:

    • The student’s check-out privileges will be suspended and a fine will be placed on their library account.

    • The student will be reported to the Library’s division Dean. At which point the student will need to work with the Dean to resolve the issue and restore library borrowing privileges.

Paying Fines

To pay your fines, review instructions here: Library Payment Process


Service and Support Animals

  • Only service animals, emotional support animals and psychiatric support animals are allowed in the Library

  • Regardless of service role, animals found to be off leash, disruptive, or aggressive will have to be removed from the Library


Technology Lending Rules

Cañada College Library technology is a shared student resource that is meant to support currently enrolled Cañada College students. A Cañada College Library Technology Loan Agreement must be submitted and approved each semester in order to borrow technology (Please see Technology Services page for details).


Library Computer Guidelines

  • The purpose of computer workstations in the Cañada Library is to support the academic and instructional programs of the San Mateo County Community College District.

  • All Library users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the maintenance of a study atmosphere for others.

  • Respect Library priorities and guidelines for use of computer workstations.

  • Comply with Library staff directives related to computers and related equipment.

  • Respect all computer and software copyrights and license agreements.

  • Respect the integrity of the Library computing systems.

  • Respect the privacy of other computer users.

  • Users are not permitted to make changes to computer settings or configurations.

  • Users may not install software on Library computers or peripheral equipment.

  • Files downloaded/uploaded, saved, or transferred to the C: Drive (hard drive) of computer workstations are automatically deleted overnight.  Users are strongly advised to save files to a cloud platform (such as Google Drive), USB thumb drive, or to email. 

  • Creating and/or displaying threatening, obscene, racist, sexist, pornographic, or harassing material is not allowed.

  • Broadcasting of unsolicited email messages (SPAM) or creating and distributing email for personal financial purposes or gain is prohibited.

  • All computer users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the maintenance of a study atmosphere for others.


Collection Development Policy

This collection development policy provides guidelines for establishing priorities for the selection of library materials and the criteria for withdrawal of materials from Cañada College Library’s collection.

Library Collection Development Policy (Word File)


Library Display and Exhibit Policy

Library Display and Exhibit Policy


Exam Proctoring

The Library does not offer exam proctoring. If you need proctoring services contact Jonathan MacSwain ( or 650-306-3468) in the Learning Center.