Libraries Policies

The SRJC Libraries seek to provide learning environments that facilitate research and instruction. As such, policy guidelines exist to ensure access to facilities and materials, the safety and comfort of users, and the protection of collections and materials.


Behavior in the Libraries

Library users are expected to behave in a manner that respects the buildings and equipment, the staff, and other patrons. This includes lowering your voice when entering the buildings, using study rooms for group projects and conversations, as well as helping to keep the facilities in good condition for the benefit of all.

The Library Conduct Guidelines are presented as follows to help maintain a clean, safe and comfortable atmosphere for learning:

  • Priority use of public workstations is for student study and research
  • Group study rooms are for 2 or more persons
  • Set cell phones to silent mode and conduct calls outside
  • Conduct conversations outside or in group study rooms
  • Keep food & drinks away from computers & library materials
  • Clean up before leaving & put all trash in bins
  • Behave in a manner that does not disturb others
  • Use library materials & facilities with respect
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Protect your personal belongings
  • Only service animals are allowed & must be directly supervised
  • Viewing pornography on public workstations is strictly prohibited

Failure to observe Sonoma County Junior College District policies or these guidelines may result in expulsion from SCJCD property, suspension from the College and/or intervention by District Police.


Cell Phones in the Libraries

In order to preserve an atmosphere in which everyone can do research and study undisturbed, cell phone calls are not permitted in the SRJC Libraries except in the Doyle Library café, restrooms, or study rooms. You may not make or receive phone calls in the reading rooms and lobby areas. Upon entering either of the Libraries, please turn off your phone's ringer tone so that it cannot be heard.


Use of Library Computers

Library computers are provided for uses that support education and learning at SRJC. This includes doing research for class work, preparing and printing class papers, reports and projects, using class Web pages and discussion forums, e-mailing instructors and other class members, and related activities. The following uses are prohibited: 1) Use of the computers for business or commercial use; 2) Tampering with computer settings or otherwise trying to compromise the college computers or networks or any remote computers or networks. For more details, see the SRJC Computer and Communications Technology Use Policy.


Children in the Libraries

The Libraries are visited by many varied members of the general public. For their own safety, children may never be left unattended in the college Libraries, and they must be "under the continuous supervision of the adult responsible for them." See SRJC Board Policy 7.16 concerning children on campus. SRJC Libraries staff members are not able to supervise children or monitor their Internet viewing while parents are in class or studying elsewhere in the library buildings.



Bicycles are not permitted inside buildings at Santa Rosa Junior College, as per SRJC Procedure 7.12P.


Book Donations

Books donated to the Library that are deemed appropriate for the SRJC Libraries collections will be processed and cataloged. Books not considered appropriate for the collections will be donated to the SRJC Associated Students book sale. We are not able to provide a tax receipt which places a value on the donated books, but for tax purposes, a letter will be mailed to the donor noting the number of paperback and hard cover books received from the donor.


Filming in the Libraries

In order to promote an atmosphere conducive to learning and study, the library reserves the right to limit filming projects. Prospective filmmakers should request permission by completing the request form. Film projects should not go forward until you have received a response and authorization from the Dean of Learning Resources. Filming is limited to five hours in duration, must occur when the library is open, and is generally limited to registered students who are conducting class assignments and SRJC employees.

If a filming request is granted, filmmakers must take care not to interfere with student use of library services or student research and study. Please do not film students who have not signed an agreement permitting the use their likenesses.


Borrowing Privileges

The library collections primarily support the educational process at the College. Current SRJC students, faculty, and staff members may borrow materials with a currently validated SRJC ID card. SRJC students, faculty, and staff may also check out laptop computers for in-library use with a currently validated SRJC ID card.

Through a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Sonoma State University Library, SRJC students may also obtain a free, one-semester courtesy borrower card for the Sonoma State University Library by presenting proof of current SRJC registration to the Sonoma State University Library Circulation Desk staff.

Community members are welcome to use the print collections inside the Doyle and Mahoney Library buildings. If a community member needs to check out materials, a Community Borrower Card that is valid for the current semester may be obtained for $10.00. Cards are issued to those who can show proof of residence in Sonoma County and who are 18 years of age or older.

For current information on SRJC Libraries loan periods, renewals, fines and replacement charges, see Borrowing and Renewing Books.


Library Privacy Policy

Library Circulation Records:

Under California law and in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, library patron records and circulation records are confidential.  The Library will not disclose any information concerning library users or circulation activity to non-library staff, except under legal constraint.

Course Reserves Materials:

The Library does not assume responsibility for lost or damaged personal copies.  Under California law, and in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, the library does not disclose the identity of any student who has borrowed reserve materials.

Library Computer Usage:

Use of the Library website and workstations generates usage data which may be used by the library to analyze and improve its services.  No information of a personal nature is collected or retained by the Library during this process.

See also:

California Law
Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
Santa Rosa Junior College IT Policy


Collection and Materials Selection

The SRJC Board Policy for Library Acquisitions is as follows:

"As a responsibility of library service, books and other instructional materials selected should be chosen for values of interest, information, and enlightenment of all the people of the community. In no case should any book, be excluded because of the race or nationality or the political, philosophical, or religious view of the writer. There should be the fullest practicable provision of material presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times, international, national, and local. Books or other reading matter of sound factual authority should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."

See also the supplement to policy as articulated in SRJC Policy 3.18P.

The SRJC Libraries Collection Development Policy is currently under review and pending board approval (2018).