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Circulation Policies & Loan Periods

In April 2019, Hinds Community College Libraries joined the Mississippi Library Partnership, a consortium of libraries that share resources and a library automation system.  Participation expands access to resources for all Hinds faculty, staff and students as member libraries share resources via a courier that runs weekly.  Over 60 libraries and systems are included in the partnership including MS State and MS University for Women. As members of the Partnership, each library adds its bibliographic and patron databases to the library automation system housed at MSU, and uses this system for its circulation, online catalog, acquisitions, and serials.  In addition to increasing the share of available resources, Hinds saves on the costs of automation and technical expertise.

Circulation Policies of MLP 

Circulation periods and fines from partner libraries may be different from those of Hinds Libraries.  Patrons should be sure to note when materials are due. Fines are assessed by partner libraries and the Hinds patrons must contact that partner library to reconcile bills.  Hinds Libraries are not responsible for fines outside of the Hinds Library system. 

Depending upon transportation schedules, items may take up to fifteen days to arrive, although most will arrive much sooner.

Hinds Library Circulation Policies 


Circulating books are checked out for two weeks to students and non-students.  As the semester ends, the loan period may be shortened to allow the book to be due back before the end of the semester.   Some books do not circulate or require special consideration for short-term checkout.  These include reference and reserve materials.


Laptops are available for check out at Jackson ATC, Nursing, Rankin, Raymond, and Utica. Checkout policies are determined by the Administrative Librarians at each campus.  Nursing library allows laptops to be taken home for short periods.  All of the other Hinds libraries do not allow the laptops to leave the library.  


Several locations have DVDs, power cords, headsets, games and other materials available for checkout. The checkout periods for these vary at each campus. In most cases, headsets and other smaller items are on Reserve and cannot leave the library.  DVDS usually have a checkout period of 3 days but some libraries allow DVDs to be checked out for 14 days (see chart below). 

Some media purchased for classroom usage may be limited to faculty checkout only.


Books on Reserve are typically available for shorter loan periods so that more people may have access to them. In most cases, these books are available for 2 hour checkouts and cannot leave the library. Checkout periods may be determined by the faculty requesting the item to be on Reserve.  


Items may be renewed at the library's discretion. One online self-renewal is allowed.  After that, the item needs to be renewed at one of the Hinds or MLP Libraries.


Items may be recalled from a patron if they have had the item longer than the two week checkout and it is needed by another patron.  If a recall is warranted, library staff will contact the patron by email and phone to request that the item be returned asap. 


During the fall semester of 2017, Hinds Libraries decided to do away with Overdue Fines for students.  Fines for lost books remain in force.  Students and non-students are charged a standard fee of $53.00 for lost books.



Our mission:  Hinds Libraries (Learning Resource Centers) acquire, organize, preserve and make available the best and most appropriate resources, in all formats, needed to support the instructional goals of the College and its faculty in order to foster greater learning opportunities for students and community users.  In addition, Hinds LRCs provide courteous assistance and professional instruction to its community in the location and use of informational resources. The LRCs staff strive to maintain a welcoming, comfortable and technologically supportive environment that facilitates reading, learning, collaboration and ease of use.


The library supports and adheres to the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the American Library Association.


Hinds Community College Learning Resource Centers support the institutional mission not only by providing resources, but also by providing instruction in finding and using resources. Librarians are ready to assist you not only within the library, but also by presenting a customized instruction session for your class. This instruction session can be tailored to a specific assignment or to a specific subject.

Request an instructional session for your class:  Bibliographic Instruction Session Request

After the session, please take the Instruction Survey so that we will know how we are doing and how we can improve our instruction.

If you have any further questions, please call the Reference Desk at 601-857-3378 or e-mail at, or contact the Administrative Librarian for your campus Learning Resource Center.

Upcoming Zoom Workshops!        Click on title to sign up.






Welcome to Hoopla

Full of both leisure and instructional resources, Hoopla offers access to movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone or TV.

Audience - faculty

Th Mar 4


30 min

Films on Demand – 45,000 Quality Videos at Your Fingertips

Full-length academic and popular films and video clips with transcripts. Learn how to build PlayLists and create custom segments.

Audience – faculty

Th Mar 4 


40 min

Using Discover@Hinds to Find Articles

Learn how to effectively search for quality, scholarly articles, books and videos using the Hinds equivalent to Google – Discover@Hinds.

Audience - students

Wed Mar 10


50 min

Citing in APA

An introduction to citing APA style in-text and in a Reference page.

Audience – students

Th Mar 11   


45 min

Love Your Library: Overview of Library Resources & Services

Did you know that Hinds libraries gives you access to over 1 million articles, hundreds of thousands audio, ebooks and evideos?  Did you know that you have access to libraries across the state including MSU and MS University for Women?  Learn this and much much more in our intro to Hinds Libraries.

Audience – students

Th Mar 11 


30 min

OverDrive – Your Favorite Popular Audio and Ebooks

Need a good book to listen to while walking or driving?  This session gives a brief introduction to the library’s downloadable popular fiction and nonfiction audio and ebooks.  

Audience - all

Fr Mar 12


30 min

Databases and Search Tips for Finding Nursing and Allied Health Information

Looking for books, articles and other information for your Nursing or Allied Health assignments? Attend an informative session on how to search for items for your project requirements. Become familiar with Hinds Libraries’ Nursing and Allied Health databases as well as how to use search tools to find the results that fit your needs.

Audience – students

Th Mar 25


45 min

Love Your Library:  Overview for Instructors 

Love your library! Join us for a look at library resources and services available to instructors, students, and staff. The emphasis of this webinar will be on familiarizing instructors with what is available through the Hinds Libraries and how to access it. Love Your Library will highlight ways to find different types of materials and subject-specific databases.

Audience - faculty

Wed Mar 31


50 min

Hinds Community College Raymond Library supports the institutional mission of the college not only by providing resources, but also by providing meeting spaces needed by Hinds Community College classes, groups, staff and instructors.  The John Bell Williams Alumni room in the Raymond Library is one such space and can be used for a variety of occasions such as meetings, workshops, interviews, or receptions.  It has a Smartboard, movable tables and chairs seating 30 and laptops that can be reserved for use as well.

To determine if the John Bell Williams Alumni room is available for your event, please fill out Reservation Form. Someone will respond to your request within 48 hrs.  If you have not heard from us within 48 hours, or you have any further questions, please call the Circulation desk at 601-857-3255 or e-mail us at

After your event using the JBW Alumni room, please take the Room Satisfaction Survey so that we will know how we are doing.

Interlibrary Loans

If you are a current employee, student, or other qualified borrower at Hinds Community College and cannot locate a book in our Library Catalog, you can make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request (below). Please be sure that the book in question is not held in our libraries before making the request. If you are not a qualified borrower at Hinds CC, you may use ILL privileges at the library where you have privileges.


Hinds Community College library users can also avail themselves of their local library systems for assistance.

Addional Libraries Resources

How Did We Do?

After the session, please take the Student - Library Instruction Survey so that we will know how we are doing and how we can improve our instruction.


After the session, please take the Instructor - Library Survey so that we will know how we are doing and how we can improve our instruction.