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Borrowing Materials

"Curbside" Pickup

You can check out books. The PSC Library will be offering “curbside" pickup of books and DVDs beginning September 8. Holds must be placed through the SWAN catalog or app. You will be contacted once the items are available for pick up. Please allow at least 24 hours between request and pick-up. Once you have been notified, simply come to the library from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Returning Items: All done with something? Please return all library items to the library’s outdoor book drop located outside door M2.

You can request items from another library. Yes, we can still get books, DVDs, and articles for you from libraries across the state and the country. Visit this page and choose the option you need; we’ll be in touch shortly.

PSC is Feeling Fine-Free!

PSC library will no longer have any late fines for books checked out after August 1, 2018.

Books checked out before August 1 will still be subject to late fees. Not included in this change are reserve books, subject to reserve policies listed below; and interlibrary loan books, subject to ILL policies listed below and on the ILL page. Lost materials checked out at any time will still be subject to replacement and billing fees. 

Current Policies

How to Borrow

Patrons may borrow up to 10 items at a time.


Student ID cards must be registered at the circulation desk and have a current punch from PSC Campus and Public Safety to check out materials. Library registration is good for two years.


PSC employees and faculty must also register their PSC ID card at circulation. They are exempt from all late fees, but are still subject to replacement fees.

Members of a SWAN public library

SWAN patrons in good standing with their home SWAN library can borrow materials from the PSC library with their home library's card.


In-district tax payers that do not have a public library card may apply for a PSC "local use only" library card with a valid property tax statement. 

How Long Borrowing Lasts

Item Type
Loan Period
Who can borrow
Reserves 2 hours—must stay in library PSC students and employees
Circulating Reserves 3 days PSC students and employees
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) As set by original library PSC students and employees
Periodicals/Magazines 7 days All
Audio Visual 7 days All
Juvenille Collection 21 days, 2 renewals of 21 days each All
Fiction Collection 21 days, 2 renewals of 21 days each All
Non-Fiction Collection 21 days, 2 renewals of 21 days each All


The PSC Library can assist you with your renewals in person or over the phone as long as you have your library card with you.

You can also renew all of your items online at the SWAN Catalog. Click on "My Account" on the right side of the screen to access or set up your account.

Items Behind the Desk

Materials behind the circulation desk (such as audio visual materials, newspapers, and magazines) must be checked out on a valid library card before being used. They may be taken out of the library on a seven-day loan period with no renewals.


Fines start as soon as the item is overdue.

Item Type
Late Fee
Reserves $1.00/hour
Books Checked out before August 1, 2018: $0.25/day
Checked out after August 1, 2018: No fines
Periodicals/Magazines $1.00/day
Audio Visual $1.00/day
ILL As set by original library

Lost Items

PSC items not returned by 42 days after the last due date are considered lost. A replacement fee—the amount it would cost to re-buy the item—will be placed on the borrower's account, as well as a billing fee of $5. The replacement fee will be waived if the lost item is returned.

Interlibrary loan items will be subject to lost-item policies from the library they were borrowed from.


Please call the PSC library at (708) 709-3552 if you have any questions about your borrowing privileges.