Library Policies

The SLC Libraries aim to provide a welcoming space for all students. In order to ensure equitable access and support for all students, guidelines and policies are developed. Inquiries about library policy may be directed to the Library Team (Libraries@sl.on.ca).


Academic Integrity Policy and Student Code of Conduct

Deliberate withholding and/or non-return of an item may be considered a form of academic dishonesty or interfering with other students' learning and may be handled according the  Academic Policy Manual.

Use of Library Space, Furniture, Equipment and Silent Study Areas

Each library has designated silent or quiet study areas. Respect for others in the silent/quiet areas is expected. Users who do not follow policy, signage and/or direction from Library Staff within the libraries will be asked to leave the library. Intentional and/or repeated misuse may be referred to Campus Security and handled according to the SLC Student Code of Conduct

Group Study

Individual Study

Silent Study

  • Collaborative study
  • Regular conversation
  • Cell phones on low
  • Low volume when viewing online videos or listening to electronic devices
  • No groups
  • No conversation
  • Cell phones on vibrate
  • Headphones required for viewing online videos or listening to electronic devices
  • Individual study
  • No conversation
  • Cell phones on silent
  • Headphones required for viewing online videos or listening to electronic devices

Group Study Rooms

All Group Study Rooms are available to current SLC students for self-booking only. Kingston campus has group study rooms available in Davies Hall, the Student Association, and the Lower Concourse by the Gymnasium. Booking rules for students are posted on the booking site and misuse of the spaces may result in being blocked from further bookings. Due to agreements in place with the Student Association, there are no exceptions to the use of this space for other employees to ensure adequate study space is available for students.

Each room has a table, chairs, and an interactive SMART Board. Group Study Rooms are a great place to meet to discuss a group project, hold a study session, or practice a class presentation. SMART Board kits and pens can be borrowed from the Library Service Desk with a valid Student ID.

Group Study Rooms are bookable two weeks in advance, with a minimum of 2 students per room and a maximum of 8. Students can book for a maximum of 2 hours (120 minutes) daily. 

Study Desks (Carrels)

Study desks at all three campus libraries are for quiet, individual study. These desks follow the Individual Study guidelines.

Quiet Study Rooms

Each campus library has a separate, enclosed Quiet Study Room available for all students to drop in. These spaces follow the Silent Study guidelines.

Kingston Library

In response to student feedback, all of Kingston Campus Library is a Quiet Space. We ask students working in groups to book a Group Study Room or use the adjacent Davies Hall. Davies Hall is a large study hall maintained by the Student Association. Our Quiet Study Room in the back of the library is available to all students. This space follows the Silent Study guidelines. Noise complaints can be directed to library staff at the Service Desk, by texting the number provided on each study desk, or by using our chat service.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Current SLC students, staff and faculty may use our Interlibrary Loan service to borrow items from other college libraries. Loan periods must be respected, and any charges incurred are the responsibility of the borrower. Contact your campus Library for more details.

Use of Online Library Databases

Off campus access to library databases is available to current SLC students, faculty and staff. Alumni and community members may access the online databases and journals from on campus only. Databases are licensed for non-commercial purposes. Users are responsible for abiding licensing requirements and restrictions; licenses vary by product and vendor.

Overdue Notices

Borrowers are responsible for ensuring their contact information is current and that all items are returned on time. All material loaned out (borrowed) are clearly stamped with a due date. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to remind borrowers of a missed due date. The overdue notice does not absolve a borrower of responsibility to return or renew materials.

If you are unsure of the due date for any material you have borrowed please check the DUE DATE sticker for the date stamp.


Most items may be renewed twice total; in person, online, or by calling your campus library. Reserve items are not renewable. Toys are renewable only in-person, both the toy sheet and the toy must be present.

Some other restrictions may apply so please contact your campus library if you have difficulties renewing a specific item.


The Library may accept donations of current books that contribute to the development of our collection. Please contact a campus Library for donation guidelines before bringing your donations to the Library. Donations must be carefully evaluated before being added to the collections; donations must be in exceptional condition with no dirt or water damage to ensure mold does not spread in the collections.


There is no cost to use the library or borrow materials. The library is currently a fine-free library (as of March 2020). A fine-free policy supports student success and removes real and perceived barriers to access. Fine-free also reduces administrative staff time and supports the health and safety of our employees. No cash is kept on premises.

Replacement Fee for Damaged Material or Lost Material

If an item is not returned, or is returned damaged, the borrower may be required to pay the replacement fee of $90.00. Where available, the borrower may purchase and provide a new replacement copy to the library or pay the assessed replacement cost.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Suspension of library borrowing privileges will apply if library materials are repeatedly returned late and/or damaged.

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