Circulation Policies

Who May Borrow?

  • FCC students, faculty, and staff. Present your college ID card to check out materials

  • Students and faculty at other schools that offer reciprocal borrowing with FCC. Present the ID from your "home" institution

  • Community residents of Frederick County. You may use your Frederick County Public Library card

Borrowing Periods

For students and staff:
  • 30-day loan period; 1 renewal if there is no hold on an item by another patron

  • 20-book limit

For faculty:
  • 30-day loan period, 3 renewals semester loan

For community residents:
  • 30 days, no renewals

  • 5-book limit


A hold may be placed on any item that is checked out by calling the main library number, 301-846-2444 or by submitting the hold a book or video form

When items are returned, they will be placed on the hold shelf at the Circulation Desk, and patrons will be notified by phone.

Items will be kept on the hold shelf no longer than 7 days.


Any item may be recalled for prompt return, at the request of faculty. Library staff will recall library materials by phone.


Items that are not returned or renewed after the 30-day loan period will be considered lost.

The borrower is responsible for replacement costs. Checkout privileges, transcript release, and registration will be blocked for those who have been billed for library materials.

If the borrower returns items after paying for replacement, full reimbursement will be made.
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