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The policies listed here advise you on using Library services. Have a question about a policy? Please send your questions to library@oxy.edu.

Building Use & AccessBorrowingTech LendingGifts to the Library Social Media PolicyBraun Room

Building Use & Access

The Mary Norton Clapp Library/Academic Commons welcomes you to browse through our various collections of books and periodicals, access our online periodicals and databases, appreciate views of the campus and Mt. Washington from our study carrels, reserve spaces for club meetings, get creative in our Critical Making Studio , and take in exhibits created by our Special Collections team.

A library account is not necessary to enter the Academic Commons/Mary Norton Clapp Library, but it does allow users to check out certain materials, including the books in our main collection.

The building is open to all visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of those days and hours, an Oxy ID is required to enter the building.Please check our current hours for detailed information.

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Borrowing and Access Terms

User Group

Books (print), DVDs and CDs*

Periodicals (print)/

Microfilm

Electronic periodicals, databases and books

Tech Lending items (e.g. laptops and digital cameras)

Interlibrary loan

Oxy students

21 days

In-house use

Available using either your Oxy login and/or VPN

7 days

Unlimited requests

Oxy faculty

120 days

In-house use

Available using either your Oxy login and/or VPN

7 days

Unlimited requests

Oxy staff

120 days

In-house use

Available using either your Oxy login and/or VPN

7 days

Unlimited requests

Alumni

21 days

(max 20 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Not available

Retired and Emeritus Faculty

21 days

(max 20 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Up to five requests per month

°IJʿ faculty and staff family members (18 and older)

21 days

(max 10 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Not available

Los Angeles County Residents

21 days

(max 10 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Not available

SCELC Faculty

21 days

(max 10 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Not available

Visiting Researchers

21 days

(max 20 items)

In-house use

Designated machine(s) in the Academic Commons, 9am to 5pm, M-F

Not available

Not available

*Oxy students, faculty and staff:
Books, DVDs and CDscan be renewed as long as another user does not have a hold on the item. There are no overdue fines. Replacement fees for lost books start at $70 and vary for DVDs and CDs

Alumni, LA County Residents and all others:
Books, DVDs and CDs are eligible for one renewal each (i.e. an additional 21 days). Fines for overdue materials are $1.00 per day up to 25 days, at which point they are considered lost. Replacement fees for lost books are $70 and vary for DVDs and CDs.

The table below is for Replacement costs, including fines and billing fees. The amounts listed in this table are approximate. The cost listed for books is a default minimum. Some individual items may be billed at a higher replacement value.

Item Minimum Replacement Cost
Oxy Books $70
Interlibrary loan $115
Laptops $2558
Cameras $600
Sound Equipment $400-$600

How do I file an appeal for penalties on overdue or lost items?

Please contact us atlibrary@oxy.edu.


Tech Lending Program

The library’s Tech Lending program offers a collection of technological devices and audio/visual equipment for checkout as well as a to all current Oxy students, faculty, and staff. All available items are conveniently listed by category on the and can be picked up at the front desk of the Academic Commons.

Borrowing Eligibility: Tech Lending items are available for check out to all current °IJʿ students, faculty, and staff with a current °IJʿ ID.

Loan Period: The standard loan period for devices and equipment in the Tech Lending Collection is seven days.

Overdue Fees: Fines for overdue items accrue $1.00 per day. Replacement costs for lost or damaged items vary according to the cost of the item(s).

Learn more, including how to request items, by reviewing our .

Gifts to the Library

In addition to cash gifts received through the College's Annual Fund campaign, the Library welcomes the opportunity to discuss gifts of materials to the circulating collection. Since the Library has very limited space for collections, we can only consider gifts that build resources to support the curriculum. Library staff would be happy to examine collections in their current location or review an inventory of titles and advise potential donors on their disposition. Potential donors should contact us at library@oxy.edu.

For more information, view our

Social Media Policy

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Braun Room

The Braun Room is restricted to Special Collections programs and selected scholarly events, film shoots, and Administration events. All events are to be arranged through the Special Collections department or the College Librarian.

To plan an event with Special Collections, please contact specialcollections@oxy.edu.

Special Collections uses the College Master Calendar to schedule events. Users may also make requests via Master Calendar/25Live.

Campus Services & Campus Filming and Unreel Productions are to contact Special Collections directly to arrange walkthroughs and filming. Call 323-259-2852 or email specialcollections@oxy.edu

Updated August 19, 2022

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Academic Commons

Mary Norton Clapp Library
1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041