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Library Learning Commons: Library and Technology Services

Library Learning Commons

A variety of materials and services are available to students through the College Libraries and Instructional Support Services. These units are components of the Library Learning Commons (LLC), where students and faculty supplement classroom instruction with print, electronic and media resources.


The Paul D. Camp Community College Libraries provide access to online catalogs, electronic databases, and internet and computer software applications. Computer resources are available for the students, faculty, staff, and citizens of the cities of Franklin and Suffolk and the counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight to:

1. provide information for research needs;
2. develop information literacy skills;
3. support lifelong learning; and
4. support professional development.

The PDCCC Libraries have approximately 70,000 print and electronic volumes, over 100 different electronic databases, and several magazine and newspaper subscriptions to support our curricula. A full range of library services are available at the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses. By obtaining a Consortium Card, students have access to the library collections of other colleges and from other libraries. Electronic resources can also be accessed through the Library home page, located at www.pdc.edu/library. All of these services are available at both campuses. A computer with access to PDCCC library resources is available at the Smithfield Branch Library for PDCCC at Smithfield students. Students can also access them from any Internet connection. Library staff members are available to assist patrons with reference questions and research projects.

Library Hours

Library hours when classes are in session:

Franklin: Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M.;
Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Suffolk: Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 P.M.;
Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Library hours when classes are not in session:
Franklin: Monday – Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Suffolk: Monday – Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Changes in the listed hours will be posted at the library entrances. Students can receive one-on-one assistance by appointment or on a walk-in basis when staff is available. Appointments can be made by calling, 569-6735 (Franklin) or 925-6339 (Suffolk).

Library Code of Conduct

Paul D. Camp Community College Library caters to the needs of our students and community patrons. In order for us to provide the best service we can, there are several policies and rules of proper library conduct that we ask our students and patrons to practice.

Cell Phone Usage

  • Cell phones must be turned on vibrate or turned off when entering the library.
  • Cell phones should not be answered nor should calls be made inside the library.


Please refrain from:

  • Excessive talking
  • Loud talking
  • Use of offensive language
  • Disruptive behavior

Please monitor any children who accompany you to maintain an appropriate library environment. While accompanied children are permitted access to the library commons, disruptive behavior which includes uncontrolled crying is grounds for suspending access to the library and computers for the day. This is necessary to ensure students can pursue academic goals without interruption.

Library Cards/Student IDs

  • Library cards can be made for those affiliated with PDCCC and community patrons with proper identification.
    • Student IDs will also require verification of enrollment in the current or upcoming semester.
    • Community patrons will be required to get a library card to use the resource/facilities
    • Community patrons will also be required to take a photo for inclusion in the library system
  • The first library card/student ID will be created free-of-charge. A replacement patron library card will cost $3.00; a replacement student ID will cost $7.00.

Library Books

Please return any books you have taken from the library shelves to the circulation desk for a member of the library staff to re-shelve.

Library Fines

Books from the circulating collection are checked out for four weeks. Non-current issues of magazines are checked out for one week. Library materials should be returned by the due date, to assure their availability for other patrons’ use. Books may be returned to the book drops in the parking lots when the libraries are closed.

Overdue Materials:
All patrons are personally responsible for the care, proper use, and timely return of the library materials that they have borrowed. If materials are not returned by the due date, all library privileges shall be suspended until all overdue materials are returned or all amounts owed to the college for replacement are paid in full. For community patrons this includes computer use privileges.

When circulating materials are more than 30 days overdue, or course reserve materials are more than one day overdue, the patron shall not be permitted to register for classes and the college will not issue transcripts, certificates, or degrees to the patron until all overdue materials are returned or all amounts owed to the college are paid in full.

When materials are more than 135 days overdue, the college shall send the patron a bill for the overdue materials. The obligation for the materials shall then be handled in accordance with Business Office policy regarding Receivables and Collections. Patrons must pay the replacement charge for the materials and the additional fee in order to return their account to good standing.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Materials:
The standard replacement charge for lost or damaged materials is $50.00 per item. The library reserves the right to charge the actual replacement cost for lost or damaged circulating materials. The replacement charge for lost or damaged course reserve materials is the actual replacement cost.

Photocopier Policy

  • Please have a member of the library staff assist you when using the photocopier.
  • Please print on both sides of the paper when possible to save paper.
  • Photocopier prices
    • Students:
      • No charge for copies of journals/magazines, reserve materials, or reference materials from the library (*Please be selective; limit yourself to 20 copies)
      • All other copies of materials cost $.25 per page
    • Community Patrons:
      • All copies of materials cost $.25 per page
  • Please pay for all photocopies at the circulation desk.

Library Conduct Enforcement Procedures

  • Students, who violate the library conduct policy, will be issued a Library Warning and referred to the dean for disciplinary action. Another violation will result in the issue of a Library Revocation Form and loss of Library privileges for six months.
  • Community patrons or accompanying children, who violate the library conduct policy, will be issued a Library Warning Form and library privileges will be terminated for twenty-four hours. Another violation will result in issue of a Library Revocation Form and loss of Library privileges for up to one year.

Computer Use (Applies to patrons using their own computers and other electronic devices)

  • Each community patron needs to sign in at the circulation desk to use the computers and computer resources (i.e. the Internet).
    • Community patrons are to show his/her PDCCC library card (having signed the Library Code of Conduct Agreement).
    • Patrons who refuse to sign the Library Code of Conduct Agreement or to sign in when using our computers/computer resources will NOT be able to use the library’s computer equipment/computer services.
  • Children under the age of fourteen must be supervised by an adult.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted at the computer workstations.
  • PDCCC students have priority over community patrons.
    • If all of the computers are being used and a PDCCC student is in need of one, a member of the library staff will request that the community patron who has been on the computer the longest forfeit their computer to the student.
  • Research and course-related activities take precedence over non-course-related activities.
  • Data files should not be downloaded to the hard drive.

Unacceptable Computer Use

Users both community and students are required to abide by all applicable state, federal, VCCS, and college policies, procedures and standards that relate to the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management Policy 1.76-Use of Internet and Electronic Communication Systems, the VCCS Information Security Standard and the VCCS Information Technology Acceptable Use Standard. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempting to gain access to information owned by the college or by its authorized users without the permission of the owners of that information.
  • Accessing, downloading, printing, or sorting information with sexually explicit content as prohibited by law or policy
  • Downloading or transmitting fraudulent, threatening, obscene, intimidating, defamatory, harassing, discriminatory, or otherwise unlawful messages or images
  • Installing or downloading computer software, programs, or executable files contrary to policy
  • Uploading or downloading copyrighted materials or proprietary agency information contrary to policy
  • Sending e-mail using another’s identity, an assumed name, or anonymously
  • Attempting to intercept or read messages not intended for them
  • Intentionally developing or experimenting with malicious programs (viruses, worms, spy-ware, keystroke loggers, phishing software, Trojan horses, etc.) on any college-owned computer
  • Knowingly propagating malicious programs
  • Changing administrator rights on any college-owned computer, or the equivalent on non-Microsoft Windows based systems
  • Using college computing resources to support any commercial venture or for personal financial gain.

Computer Use Enforcement Procedures

  • Students who violate the policy will be reported to the Vice-President of Academic and Student Development for appropriate disciplinary actions, which will include but are not limited to:
    • Temporary restriction of the student’s access to the computers for a fixed period of time, generally not more than six months
    • Restitution for damages, materials consumed, machine time, etc. on an actual cost basis
    • Other disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy
  • Library staff has the authority to limit the student’s use of the computers until the matter is resolved by the Vice-President of Academic and Student Development.
  • All formal disciplinary actions taken under this policy are subject to the Student Grievance Policy.
  • Community patrons failing to abide by the VCCS computer use rules will result in loss of computer privileges; community patrons who wish to appeal suspension of privileges should contact the College Security officer. Security officers also have the authority to restrict access to the library commons.

Printing Policy

  • Please print on both sides of the paper when possible to save paper.
  • Please ask a member of the library staff for assistance if the printer does not work on the first try.
  • Printing prices
    • Students:
      • No charge for printing course-related materials
      • All non-course-related printing costs $.25 per page
    • Community Patrons:
      • All printing costs $.25 per page
  • Please pay for all printed materials at the circulation desk.

Logging-off Computers

  • Please restart the computer when you are finished using it.