Borrowing Materials

Bellevue College employees and students who are currently enrolled in a course may use their CTC ID number to borrow library materials. A total of 20 items may be checked out at any time.

Loan Periods

  • Books, zines, magazines, and journals can be checked out the entire quarter.
  • DVD/CDs can be checked out for 3 days for students and renewed for an additional 3 days. They can be checked out for 7 days for employees and renewed for an additional 7 days.
  • Course Reserve Materials can be checked out for short loan periods varying from 2 hours to 3 days as chosen by the instructor or department. Course reserves are not renewable.
  • Calculators There are two types of calculator loans. Short-term loan calculators can be checked out for 3 hours and are not eligible for renewal. Long-term loan calculators can be checked out for the entire quarter and are renewable for one additional quarter.  
  • Hotspots can be checked out for the entire quarter and are renewable for one additional quarter.
  • Equipment checked out at the Tech Hub and eLearning desks has varying loan periods
  • Reference books and newspapers cannot be loaned and may only be used in the library. 

Renewing Materials 

Library users needing more time with their borrowed library materials can renew them in person, online via the library catalog or via phone by calling the Circulation Desk at 425-564-2252. 

Placing Holds

Books, magazines, journals, DVD/CDs, including items currently checked out to another user, can be requested online. The requestor will be notified email when the item(s) are ready for pickup from the Circulation Desk.  

Students may request quarterly calculators and hotspots via email to  

Reserve items cannot be placed on hold. 

Returning Materials

Library materials can be returned to the Circulation Desk during library open hours, or the book-drop outside of the main library entrance at any time.  Hotspots must be returned to the Circulation Desk inside the library. Faculty and staff may send library materials to Library Circulation, Mailstop D260. 

Overdue Materials

When materials become overdue, the borrower will be notified by email. If a library user has returned library item(s) that are still showing on their record, please call 425-564-2252, visit the Circulation Desk or email for assistance.  

If course reserve items and equipment including calculators and hotspots are not returned within 3 days of the due date, the borrower will be billed a replacement cost for the items.  

If books and magazines are not returned within 21 days of the due date, the borrower will be billed a replacement cost for the items. 

Replacement costs vary depending on the item. The bill will be sent to the borrower by email and the fees will show up in their Financial Account on ctcLink.

Lost Materials

All library users are responsible for returning borrowed items on time and in good condition.  If an item is still showing checked-out to a library user who feels that they have already returned that item, the library will conduct a search and will communicate the results to the user. 

  • A library user who would like to appeal the staff’s decision may email  
  • Circulation staff will forward the library user’s appeal to the Associate Dean of the Library with any relevant information and documentation. 
  • The Associate Dean will review the appeal and make a final decision within seven days of its receipt.

Lost items returned within 90 days of the payment date will be refunded less any overdue fines.

Stolen items or items lost beyond the user’s control  

Library users whose borrowed items were stolen, lost [XH1] or damaged due to circumstances beyond their control may call 425-564-2252 or visit the Circulation Desk to speak with staff. They may also email for assistance. We know that every person’s situation is unique, and we are interested in working with you to find a resolution.  

Replacement Guidelines 

Lost or damaged library material replacement costs will be charged as follows: 

Books, Kits, DVDs  

Replacement costs charged will be the list price + 10%. For rare items or when the price cannot be determined, replacement costs will be determined by the Collection Development Librarian. 


Lost and damaged zines will be assessed with a replacement charge of $5.00. 

Course Reserves

  • Replacement cost of instructor/program-owned materials will be determined by the instructor or program.    
  • Library-owned Reserve materials will be charged at the same rate as lost library items not on Reserve. 
  • Photocopied materials will not be charged replacement cost.  

Calculators & Hotspots 

Payment and Replacement Guidelines  

  • Library fines & fees can be paid online via ctcLink or in person at the Student Financial Services
  • The library does not accept physical replacements for lost and damaged items. 
  • Replacement payments for lost items found and returned within 6 months of the payment date will be refunded.

Damaged Items

All library users are responsible for the materials they check out. If materials are damaged while in the possession of the user and are beyond repair or no longer able to circulate (examples of damage include soiled pages or water damage, teeth marks, mold, mildew, missing or torn pages), replacement costs will be charged as for Lost Materials, above. 

Checking out and checking in damaged materials: 

Interlibrary Loan

Need a book or article the library doesn’t own? We can borrow one from another library through interlibrary loan. Requests can be made online. Please note that it may take up to two weeks to obtain some items.


The Tech Hub offers two types of laptops for students to check out:

  • Four Hour Loan: Available anytime at Tech Hub Desk
  • Quarterly Loan: Available by application. Program Details

Microsoft Imagine Software

For students enrolled in specific IT courses, software is available for download at BC’s Microsoft Academic Software Center.

If you have a question about our circulation policies, you can contact Circulation via email and email Media for media-related items, such as cameras.

Last Updated May 30, 2024