Library Policies & Circulation Services


Circulation periods vary according to the type of material and other considerations. Below are general checkout guidelines for each type and policies for overdue or damaged materials.



Most books are available for checkout by students for a four-week period, with renewals possible. Reference and popular books circulate for a two-week period.


Audiovisual Materials

Most audio materials, CDs, and DVDs are available for a two-day period by students.



Periodicals do not circulate but exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.  Please visit the Circulation Desk for more information.


Overdue Materials

Please note carefully the return date for borrowed materials. Students with overdue materials cannot borrow anything else from the Library until overdue items are returned or renewed.

Borrowers whose materials are “lost” and cannot be returned will be charged the item’s replacement cost. Any overdue books or unpaid fines at the end of the term will result in the withholding of grades and student transcripts.


Reserve Materials

Copies of the current semester’s textbooks, class notes, and materials placed “On Reserve” by instructors are located at the Circulation Desk and are available for use only in the Library for a two-hour period.


Damaged Library Materials

Marking or underlining in Library books, or any other form of damage to Library materials is prohibited. Replacement costs will be charged for damaged Library materials.


Photocopying Services

Photocopying is available for students in the Library. The copier is located near the large study tables and next to the Popular Reference section. All photocopying must be in accordance with COPYRIGHT laws, as posted.


Cooperative Agreements

  • Leesburg Public Library Cooperative Agreement

    Located across Main Street, LPL provides access to reference materials and extensive recreational reading/viewing/listening materials. Please check with the Beacon Library staff for information on obtaining a library card. Holdings of the Leesburg Public Library can be searched on the Internet here.


  • Interlibrary Loan Services

    Interlibrary Loan services, allowing us to borrow materials from a wide range of libraries, are available to faculty, staff and students. Please be aware that it may take several days or weeks to receive the item requested. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for further information on Interlibrary Loan.


Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Guidelines

It is the policy of the Beacon College Library to provide access to the Internet through terminals located in the Library for the express purpose of providing additional research and academic resources to students, faculty, and staff of the College.



Librarians and staff offer assistance, guidance, and instruction on the best use of the Internet as a research tool and information source. However, determining the accuracy or authenticity of Internet resources is the ultimate responsibility of the user. Users must recognize that the Internet is an uncontrolled information resource with a highly diverse user group and should be used with discretion. Users shall not hold the College responsible for the Internet’s content.

Users observed violating acceptable use guidelines are instructed to cease the activity immediately. Repeat offenses are reported to the proper college authority.

Patrons using the Internet for personal e-mail, chat rooms, or other recreational purposes may be asked to vacate a workstation to permit access by a student with research or educational needs.

Community residents are referred to the public library.


Examples of Unacceptable Use

Downloading to or installing any file or program on the hard-drive without prior permission. Violating copyright laws and fair use provisions through inappropriate reproduction or disseminations of copyrighted text, images, or other resources.

Use of any chat or messaging service.

Game playing from any Internet sites.

Music videos or Youtube videos with sound. Heaphones must be used at all times and can be checked out from the Circulation Desk.

Any display of images, sounds, or text which could create an atmosphere of discomfort or harassment for others.

The Library recognizes that defining immoral or unethical uses of the Internet is highly subjective. The Library also recognizes that users may access questionable sites in pursuit of academic projects. Users who access questionable sites must be able to demonstrate a direct link to their research. Any disputed use is referred to the proper College authority.