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About the Libraries: Services & User Policies

Reference & Research

Reference & Research - A reference librarian is available at the library's Reference Desk to assist students with selecting and narrowing topics, developing search strategies, selecting appropriate information resources and locating and evaluating information.  Polk State reference librarians are trained information professionals and experienced researchers.  All Polk State College librarians have an American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science or equivalent degree.

Ask a Librarian - Polk State College participates in Florida's Statewide chat reference service.  Polk State also offers local online consultation through Ask-a-Librarian using chat, texting, and email.

Print, Copy, Scan

Polk State College offers printing, copying, and scanning services in the libraries and TLCCs at the Lakeland and Winter Haven campuses and the JD Alexander Center and Center for Public Safety. The self-serve printers accept credit/debit cards and BankMobile cards. They will not accept cash. 

Printing is 10¢ per page for Black & White and 50¢ for Color pages.

There are five ways to print to a self-serve print station:

  • Print via email – email files to print@printme.com and receive a document ID number to use at any print station.
  • Print via cloud-based server – access OneDrive or Google Drive from any print station.
  • Print via USB – access files off a USB from any print station.
  • Print via PrintMe app – download the PrintMe app from Google Play or the App Store and send prints from your mobile device.
  • Print via Polk State computers – send prints from most Polk State computers.

Rooms and Spaces

Each campus library provides general study space with table seating and a variety of lounge furnishings and a number of student use computers.  Student computers have Internet access.  Students are unable to store files on these computers.  Be sure to bring your own storage devices.

There are spaces within the library where conversation is permitted within reasonable limits in order to facilitate student collaboration and there are spaces that are designated as quiet study areas.  All users are requested to refrain from talking, using cellphones, and listening to music (even with personal earphones) in quiet study areas.  Consult your campus library staff if you're not sure where the quiet study areas are in your campus library.

Lakeland Campus Library has the following specialty spaces.

  • Computer classroom for library instruction (may be used for open computing when no class is scheduled)
  • Group multimedia presentation work room.  For use by groups of students only.  No singles.
  • Group study room / media viewing room.  First come, first serve.  Study groups have priority when media viewing not booked in advance.  Inquire at the service desk in regards to booking this room for group media viewing.  No singles.

Winter Haven Campus Library has the following specialty spaces.

  • Computer classroom for library instruction (may be used for open computing when no class is scheduled)
  • Group multimedia presentation work room.  For use by groups of students only.  No singles.
  • Group study rooms (3).  Intended for use by small groups of students for project collaborations.

Online Resources

E-books, online reference sources and full-text journal databases are available for use from an Internet connected computer or device on or off campus.  These resources are licensed for use by all currently enrolled Polk State students and all current employees. 

 

Database access, click here.

EBook access, click here

A login is required to access these resources.  

  • Students:  Use your Passport login information.
  • Employees:  Use your network/Office 365 login information.

Borrowing Books and Other Library Materials

Borrowing of Materials - Currently enrolled Polk State students and currently employed faculty and staff may borrow library materials designated for circulation.  No fines are charged, but delinquent items will bar a person from checking out additional materials and, for students, registration, transcripts, and grades may be blocked.  A fee of $58.00 per item is assessed to the borrower of record for lost or damaged academic circulating books and $25.00 per item is assessed for lost or damaged leisure and children's books. All fees are forgiven if the lost items are returned.  Photo identification such as a Polk State student ID card or valid driver's license or State issued ID card is required to check out library materials.  Students may keep books for three weeks. There is no limit on the number of books that can be borrowed.

Renewing Items - Borrowers may renew library materials online provided they are not overdue.  To renew online, click on Books/Catalog from the library's homepage. To renew online, click on MyAccount link from the catalog page. 

Intercampus Loan – Borrowers on one campus may request available materials located at the other campus libraries.  Items will be shipped by Polk State courier to your campus library for your pick-up.

Interlibrary Loan - Books and copies of articles may be obtained from other libraries by using the request link provided in the catalog. Usually, there is no charge, and most requests arrive in 7-10 days.

Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity.