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Overview

  • You'll need an Access Card and be currently enrolled to check out library materials.
  • Checking out items is free! If items are returned after the due date/time, or lost or damaged, you may owe fines and/or fees.
  • All items, except reserve course materials, may be returned to any Los Rios library. An after hours book return is located outside of the library.

Questions? Call the Circulation Desk at (916) 484-8455

Additional Services

Check Out Periods, Limits, & Late Fines

Note: If you do not know when your library item is due, check your library account online at My Library Account.

Loan Periods, Limits, and Late Fees

   Material Type    Check Out Period Limits
Per Catagory
   Late Fines
Circulating Books 21 days 12 items $0.25 per day, maximum of $15 per item.
Fines are only charged on circulating items if the item is requested by someone else and you fail to return it by the due date.
Circulating Media
(DVD’s, Videos, etc.)
7 days 3 items $0.25 per day, maximum of $15 per item.
Fines are only charged on circulating items if the item is requested by someone else and you fail to return it by the due date.
Reserves 2-Hour; 1, 3, 7, or 14 Days 2 items $1 per day
Circulating Magazines 7 days 5 items $.50 per day
Reference Books Library Use Only N/A N/A

Non-payment of fines or failure to return checked out material will result in a block on your college record that could affect your ability to register for classes or other college-related activities. Library fines may be paid at any of the four Los Rios college libraries.

Check Out FAQs

May I renew my library materials? How?

You may find you need to use an item a little longer. Here’s how library materials may be renewed: 

Material Type

Renewals 

Circulating Books

The first renewal is automatic.  After the first renewal you can renew online in My Library Account or in person as needed throughthe end of the current semester.*

Circulating Media (DVD’s, Videos etc.)

The first renewal is automatic.  After the first renewal you can renew online in My Library Account or in person as needed throughthe end of the current semester.*

Reserve Items

No renewals are allowed.


*Note:   If someone requests an item you have checked out, renewals will not be allowed and the item must be returned by the due date specified.

What happens if I return a book late?

If items are returned after the due date or time, late fines may be charged. For circulating items (books and media), fines are only charged if someone requests the item and you fail to return it by the due date specified.

How do I pay library fines & fees?

Fines and fees may be paid in person at any Los Rios library with cash or check. If you are unable to appear in person, call the ARC Circulation Desk (916) 484-8455 to make arrangements.

To pay by mail, send a check to:

American River College Library

Attn: Circulation Dept.

4700 College Oak Dr.

Sacramento, CA 95841

Include your name, student ID number, and either a phone number or email address

What happens if I lose or damage an item?

For items that are lost, damaged, stolen, or never returned to the library, you will be charged the replacement cost of the material plus a $10 processing fee. These charges may be assessed in addition to late fines. 

You may opt to purchase a replacement copy and pay only the processing fee. Replacement copies must be the exact edition and format as the original item. If you are billed for a lost item but then return the item, you will only be charged the accrued late fines, rather than being charged the replacement cost for the item. 

Lost magazines will be charged late fines up to $5.00 ($.50/day) plus a $5.00 replacement fee.

Los Rios Libraries Requests

Circulating material

Circulating material from any of the Los Rios libraries may be sent free of charge to any other Los Rios library, including some Centers. Delivery takes 2-3 business days. 

To request an item:

  1. Find the item in OneSearch
  2. Click on the title
  3. Click Sign-In in the yellow bar under the Get It section to login
  4. Click the Request button and then select the pickup location
  5. Click Request Now

You will be notified through your Los Rios email when the item is ready to be picked up at the location you selected. 

Note: Requests are not available for Reserve Course Materials because they are in high demand. For the same reason, you also may not place a request on 1-week Circulating items.