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Walter P. Carter Community Library

Circulation Policy and Fines

Who Is Eligible to Borrow Library Material?

If you are a current student, faculty or staff member, you are eligible to borrow materials from the library.

Individuals over the age of 18 may be issued a card upon providing proof of Baltimore City residency or student ID.

Whatís needed to get a Library card?

Students, Faculty or staff members must complete a library application they also need to present valid SDC identification.

Loan Periods

  • Books - 3 weeks
  • DVDís/Videos - 1 week
  • Periodicals - In-house use only
  • Reference Material - In-house use only
  • Journals - In-house use only

Item Limits: 2 per patron CD, DVD, Video. No materials may leave the Library without being checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Overdue Materials

Please note the date items are due. If you have overdue items you will not be allowed to checkout other items until, the overdue items are returned.

Student, Faculty and Staff do not pay late fines but they are responsible for the cost of lost, stolen or damaged library material.

Overdue Notice Process

Overdue notices are issued as a courtesy to all library users. To avoid overdue notices, materials should be returned by the due date. The loss of library borrowing privileges will occur until all overdue materials are returned.

Audio-Visual Material:

Videos may be borrowed for a period of 1 week. Two videos may be taken out at one time.


Items may be renewed if there are no holds on the item.


Holds may be placed on circulating items that are not currently available for checkout. There is a limit of five hold requests at any one time. Students are notified when items become available.


Returned materials may be returned to staff.


Teacher reserved items may be borrowed for use in the library only.

A valid Student or Employee ID is required for checkout. Course reserves may be checked out to enrolled SDC students only.

Loan periods for course reserves are determined by instructors. Typical loan periods are:

  • 1 or 2 hours, not to leave the library
  • Overnight
  • 1,2,or 3 days

Copies of the current semester's textbooks, class notes, class syllabi and materials placed "On Reserve" by instructors are located at the Circulation Desk and are available for use only in the Library. The reserve list is kept at the circulation desk. Items cannot be placed on hold if they are on reserve.


Faculty requesting items to be placed on reserve must fill out a reserve request form. We can place various library materials on reserve, including journal articles, books, book chapters, videos, audiocassettes, CDís and DVDís. You can also place personal items on reserve for your classes. You cannot place books or journals checked out from other libraries on reserve. Please stop by the library to fill out a reserve form.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Charges for lost or damaged library materials will include the cost of the item. The loss of library borrowing privileges will occur until charges for lost or damaged materials are paid.