Circulation and Borrowing

Library Cards

Students registered for a class or classes at COS should obtain a free student ID.  The student ID card is also used as a library card.


Library card/student ID must be presented when borrowing materials. The library card holder assumes responsibility for all materials charged to the library card and is responsible for fines or other costs associated with the card. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately.


Loan Period and Information



Books and videos

2 weeks

End of academic semester or term

Periodicals (library use only)

2 hours

24 hours (due before closing the next business day)

Reserve items

1-2 hours

1-2 hours

Maximum number of items on loan

4 items

10 items



Books in the general collection may be renewed for an additional two weeks (four times maximum).  Renewals may not be placed on books with a current hold request. Book renewals may be done in person, online, or by phone (559) 730-3825.  Items cannot be renewed if the student has overdue materials or library fines.


Late Fees and Lost Items

If fines and fees are not paid, the Library reserves the right to place a hold on the student’s permanent record.  A hold will prevent a student from registering for classes and requesting transcripts. Reinstatement of borrowing privileges is contingent upon return of all late materials and/or payment of fees.


To clear a patron record, the replacement cost of lost items, plus an additional $10.00 processing fee, must be paid at the Cashier’s Office.



Books (general collection)


Reserve materials



$0.25 cents per day

Maximum fine = $10.00

Payable at the Library Circulation Desk

$1.00 per day

$0.50 per hour up to the full replacement cost of the book, $2.00 per day for overnight items up to the full replacement cost of the book


Replacement cost of book + $10.00

Payable at Cashier’s Office

Replacement cost of video + $10.00

Replacement cost of item + $10.00 processing fee

Damaged Items

If Library materials appear damaged upon checkout, library personnel note the damage and date of discovery in the item records. It is highly recommended that student alert staff to any suspected damage at the time of check-out. The COS Library charges fees when library materials are returned in a damaged condition. Damaged materials are assessed by library personnel and if found to be in poor or unusable condition. Students are billed for either a repair fee or full replacement costs. These fees are assessed depending on the extent of the damage.

Students are not charged for normal wear and tear on library materials. However, the following conditions do not constitute normal wear and tear and may result in repair or replacement charges:


                        Wet or moldy books

                        Books damaged by food stains, oily or sticky residue

                        Books missing pages or covers

                        Books containing excessive marking by ink or highlight marker

                        Books showing tears, cuts, graffiti or other unusual damage


If library personnel conclude library material is irreparable and must be withdrawn from the library’s collection, students are charged the full replacement value of the item, or have the student bring a replacement instead of paying for the full replacement cost; as long as it first been approved from library personnel, done promptly, and the replacement item is in similar format and condition.

Replacement or repair costs are at the discretion of library personnel and are determined based on the particular circumstances of each case.

Missing Items

In the event that an item owned by COS Library cannot be physically located on the shelf, patrons should seek assistance at the Circulation or Reference Desk.  Library personnel will search for the item, and if it cannot be located, they will promptly have the item designated as “Missing” in the Online Catalog.  Students may request the items from other libraries using interlibrary loan.​


A patron may place a hold request on items that are checked out to another patron.  Reserve items may not be placed on hold. Holds can be placed from the Library Online Catalog after signing in or through the My Library Account icon in COSMyGiant or by a Library staff member.  You will be notified by email when the item is ready to pick-up.



Hold items will be held at the Circulation Desk at the location of your choice for 7 days after you are notified.  If the hold item is not picked up after this time, it will be returned to the general collection.



Visit Library Circulation Desk or call: (559) 730-3825.

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Last Updated: 10/9/2017 5:01 PM