Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Getting and Using a Library Card

How do I get a library card?

Getting a library card is easy. If you have classes on the Weed campus, just stop by the Library to sign up. Please bring your Student Number (your "S" number) with you. Library cards are free for currently registered students, faculty, and staff.

You can also apply for a card online. Keep in mind that it will take 1-2 business days to process your online card application.

Can I get a library card if I am not a student and I don't work for the College?

Residents of Siskiyou County who are 18 years or older may get a COS library card.

  • Cards cost $10 (cash or check)
  • Cards are active for six months from the date of purchase
  • Community members must apply for the card in person; please bring a photo ID and proof of residency in Siskiyou County (such as your driver's license or a recent piece of mail)
  • Cards allow you to use our computers on a regular basis and to check out our materials
  • Cards cannot be used to access our databases from off-campus or for interlibrary loan services

If you would like to check out our books but do not wish to purchase a card, you can request our materials for free through your local Siskiyou County Library branch. It may take up to a week to receive your book.

What do I do if I lose my library card?

Stop by the Library on the Weed campus and we will issue you a replacement card. There is no fee for a replacement card. If you do not have classes on the Weed campus, please call us at (530) 938-5331 during our open hours and we can help you over the phone.

What is my online library account?

By logging into your online library account you can see a list of all the items you have checked out and their due dates. You can also renew your materials online if they are not wildly overdue. To access your account, all you need is your library card barcode number and password.

What is my library account password?

Once you get a library card you will need to create a password to go with it. It is not automatically linked to your other COS accounts and there is no default library password.

To create a password, follow these seven steps:

  1. From the Library's home page, click on Search the Library (left sidebar)
  2. Click on Sign In next to My Library Account (upper right corner; NOT the WorldCat sign in)
  3. Click on Set/Reset Password
  4. Type in your library card barcode number and click on Request new password; this will send an email to your COS email account
  5. Open our COS email account; click on the link in the email from Library Password Management
  6. On the Change Password screen, your username is your library card barcode number (all 14 digits, no spaces); type in the password you wish to use and click Change Password.

The instructions for creating a password are also available as a printable handout. If you are having trouble with your COS email account, please contact the Student Help Desk for assistance.

What if I forgot my password?

The Library cannot tell you what your password is (it's hidden, even from us!). If you forget your password you can reset your password by following the same steps you used to create it.

How many books can I check out?

You are allowed to check out up to 10 items in total. Because we are a small library, you may only check out 5 items on the same topic at one time. You may check out up to 5 magazines at one time (they are included in your 10 total items).

Please note that most Reserve books, local history materials and audiovisual materials, as well as all reference books, microfilm, and bound magazines, are for in-library use only and may not be taken from the Library.

Community borrowers are limited to 5 items total at their first checkout. If you are in good standing after your first checkout, you will be allowed the regular maximum of 10 items total

How long do books check out for?

Most circulating books and other materials can be checked out for three weeks. The library stamps the due date in the book when you check it out (or you can check your account online).

  • Regular books: 3 weeks
  • Reserve books: most reserve books are for 2 hours, in-library use only (a few titles check out for 2 days or 3 weeks)
  • Cameras: are due Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Anime DVDs: 1 week

How do I return my books?

Books and other library materials may be returned to the outside book drop anytime or placed in the book return slot at the Library desk during open hours.

The outside book drop is in the "courtyard" area of the LRC where the main entrance doors are located. It is a big blue mailbox-shaped box that says "please return books here"—it's hard to miss!

The book I want is checked out. Can I get on a waiting list?

The Library does not offer a waiting list system at this time. Please ask us if you would like a checked out item—we may have some options for getting you the item.

Can I have books sent to me in Yreka?

Yes! Don't be scared by the lengthy info below: having books sent to Yreka is really easy.

We can send the following types of materials to you at the Yreka campus for pickup:

  • circulating books (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • overnight reserve textbooks
  • some magazines issues
  • audiobooks
  • anime DVDs

We want to share as many of our materials with you as possible, so if you have a question about having something sent to Yreka, please ask!

Step 1: Please call (530) 938-5331 or contact us online to request materials. We will need to know:

  • Your name
  • How to contact you (phone or email)
  • The title of the item(s) that you would like sent to Yreka
  • If you have a specific subject you need info about, we can send up a small selection of items on your topic for you to choose from

Step 2: We will send your materials to the Yreka Campus Registration office (a.k.a. the Yreka Student Support Services Center) for pick up.

  • We will let you know when your materials are on their way
  • It may take a few business days for your items to arrive in Yreka
  • You can call the Registration office at (530) 841-5833 to find out if your item has arrived
  • You will have one week to pick up your library item(s) in Yreka

Step 3: When you pick up your item at the Yreka Campus, it will already be checked out to your library card.

  • Keep track of the item's due date so you can renew or return your materials on time; due dates will be on the item itself and in your online library account
  • You can extend the due date by calling the Library at (530) 938-5331 or by renewing your materials online
  • Return materials to the Yreka Campus Registration office or to the Library on the Weed campus when you are done
  • Please be aware of the Yreka Registration office's hours if you are picking up and dropping off materials with them

How do I renew my books?

Renewals may be made in person, by phone (530) 938-5331, or online using your library account or by contacting library staff. Materials may be renewed twice if no one else is waiting for them.

To renew your books online, follow these steps:

  1. From the Library's home page, click on Search the Library (left sidebar)
  2. Click on Sign In next to My Library Account (upper right corner; NOT the WorldCat sign in!)
  3. Sign in with your library card barcode number and password
  4. Click on My Library Account again
  5. Click on the Checkouts tab
  6. Click on the Renew button to the right of each title you wish to renew
  7. Make sure renewal was approved and note the new due date

My book is overdue. How much are the late fees?

Materials not returned to the library by closing time on the due date are subject to a fine of 20 cents per item per day up to a maximum fine of $5.00 per item. Fines on Reserve books and cameras are $1.00 per item per day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item.

Payment options:

  • Cash
  • Personal check
  • Non-perishable food for the local foodbank ("Food for Fines")

*Each non-perishable food item will reduce your overdue fines by $1.00

I lost my book. How much do I owe?

For lost, damaged, or unreturned materials, you will be billed for:

  • the cost of the item
  • a processing fee of $10.00
  • any overdue charges

If you have unreturned materials or large outstanding bills on your account, you may be blocked from registering for classes until it has been taken care of. You can pay your bill using cash or personal check; you cannot pay for lost, damaged or unreturned items using the Food for Fines program.

IMPORTANT: If you have overdue materials, you may not be allowed to check out additional materials until the overdue items are returned. If you do not return your overdue materials or pay your fines, you may lose your borrowing privileges. The library reserves the right to suspend the borrowing privileges of anyone who repeatedly has overdue materials.

What is "Food for Fines"?

You can pay your late fees by bringing in nonperishable food items for the local foodbank, Siskiyou Food Assistance. Each non-perishable food item will reduce your overdue fines by $1.00—and help out local residents in need. It's a win-win!

Fees for lost, damaged of unreturned materials cannot be paid for using the Food for Fines program.