Policies

The mission of the National College of Natural Medicine Library is to promote information literacy and support the research needs of NCNM students, faculty, and staff, and to serve as a resource for the wider community.

General use rules for the library

  • Food and uncovered drinks are not permitted in the library except in the study rooms.
  • Certain areas of the Library are designated for quiet study. Loud noises and conversations are prohibited in these areas and are discouraged in general.
  • Materials in the Rare Book Room are locked in cases. Patrons may access the cases with permission from library staff.
  • If the security system is set off, the Library reserves the right to search the bags of any person in the vicinity of the security system.

Library circulation policy

  • NCNM students, faculty and staff may use their NCNM identification cards to borrow circulating materials from the NCNM Library and from the Libraries of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Western States, and Birthingway Midwifery College.  Alumni are eligible for a free library card as well.
  • Loan periods: books, three weeks; media materials, two weeks; reserves, two hours during the day and overnight after 3 p.m. (due back at 10 a.m. next day library is open); reference materials, journals, vertical file materials and rare books do not circulate.
  • Renewals: Borrowers may renew their checked-out materials an unlimited number of times subject to the following guidelines: The borrower may renew the materials in person, by phone, or on the Web; every third renewal, the borrower must bring the item in and present it to the circulation desk staff in order to renew it; if there is a hold request for the item, the borrower must surrender it when due.
  • Holds: Patrons may place a hold on a checked out item by selecting the request option in the online catalog or by asking for assistance at the circulation desk. Library staff will contact the patron with a hold when the item is checked in. Items will be held at the Circulation Desk for a week.
  • Returning materials: It is the borrower’s responsibility to return the materials on time. Library materials can be returned to either the circulation desk of the Library or the book-drop box located outside the Library. The book-drop box is checked daily. If items are returned after the box is checked, they are considered a return for the next day.
  • Fines: Fines are assessed to encourage prompt return of library materials. Borrowers are responsible for all accumulated fines. The following charges will be applied to items returned late: Books and Audiovisual Materials, $.25 per day; Reserves, $.75 per hour.  Borrowers are capped at $5 maximum per item for overdue fines.  Fines may be paid with cash or checks and can be made at the circulation desk at any time the Library is open.  Patrons are not allowed to check out more materials if their fines are over $5.
  • Lost and damaged materials: Charges for lost and/or damaged materials include replacement costs and processing fees. Students will be charged for the cost of the lost or damaged item. Faculty, staff, alumni and outside borrowers are subject to the processing fee in addition to the replacement cost.
  • Appeals: If a borrower feels that a fine has been levied in error, or has questions about why a fine has been levied, he or she should contact one of the library staff.
  • Confidentiality: The Library makes efforts to maintain the confidentiality of patron records.