The Los Angeles Film School Library seeks to provide the LAFS community with the best possible environment for research and study. We ask for your cooperation with the following rules, which apply to all Library users, respecting the use of Library facilities and resources:
Conduct that disturbs Library users or interferes with Library activities is prohibited.
Users shall respect the right of other library patrons and library staff. This includes loud or excessive noise (either generated by audio equipment or an electronic communication device), verbal abuse, harassment, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or other activities that interfere with the activities of Library staff and patrons.
Food and drinks are not allowed on Library premises as it may distract or can damage library equipment. There is a small table right outside the building for patrons to place their food or drinks upon.
Viewing inappropriate material is prohibited at the Library. Inappropriate content includes information or images that may upset anyone or information that might lead or tempt anyone into unlawful or dangerous behavior. This could be: pornographic material; sites that encourage vandalism, crime, terrorism, racism, eating disorders, suicide; pictures, videos or games which show images of violence or cruelty to other people or animals; gambling sites; and unmoderated chat rooms. Content should be appropriate and should not offend or upset anyone at all times.
LAFS is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning and living environment for students, faculty, and staff. Students are expected to be good citizens and engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to students.
Theft and abuse of materials, facilities, and equipment is prohibited.
By entering the Library, patrons are agreeing to pass through a security system at the main entrance, which will then alarm if the patron is taking an item from the library and exiting without checking it out from the library staff.
Destruction of library materials by marking on or removing pages or other destructive activities toward materials or facilities are considered acts of vandalism.
Leaving unattended items for long periods of time is prohibited.
Any belongings left in an unoccupied space at the library for more than 30 minutes will be confiscated and brought to Security’s attention. Security will keep the unoccupied items until the owner claims for them. The LAFS Library and its staff are not responsible for any unattended items left damaged or stolen.
Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with library rules, library signage, or the directives of library staff or security personnel may result in the loss or suspension of library privileges, including but not limited to temporary or permanent removal from the library premises.
Note: Policies are subject to change at any time.
Circulation records are maintained by the system and tabulated daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly by Library Staff. The Library keeps track of patron usage of the facility and will solely be collected and used for reporting purposes and to provide personalized/user-centered services.
Library records pertaining to a patron’s use of the library and its resources are confidential. The Library Staff will not reveal the names of individual borrowers or their borrowing history unless required by law.
Check out the Student Policies Guide!
Circulation Services provides friendly and courteous service to The Los Angeles Film School community in lending library materials to students. Additionally, Library Staff members at the circulation desk are responsible for answering directional questions from patrons, checking in and out materials, maintaining the front desk and facility, and overall helping with patron needs.
Borrowing Library Items
Materials may be checked out with a current LAFS issued ID. Students with an “Active” status account are able to check out Library materials. Students who have a status of “Alumni,” “Leave of Absence,” “Withdrawn,” and “Canceled” or are enrolled as an Online student may not check out items. However, Alumni, Online students, and Visitors are welcome to view and utilize some of the Library computers and/or services. Staff and Faculty may also borrow Library materials, but they have separate circulation rules and guidelines.
All borrowers must fill out and sign “The Los Angeles Film School Library Application Form” once before checking out anything for the first time. Active Students will be able to check out materials with their school-issued ID.
If Faculty appoints a student to pick-up any of their library materials, they may do so but that Faculty will still be held responsible if something happens to the borrowed material. Library Staff will have to confirm with the Faculty member before lending it out to the student in their name.
Patrons are responsible for all materials charged to their account until they have been physically returned and checked-in by Library Staff. It is the borrower’s responsibility to:
Accessing Electronic Resources
Holding/Reserving Library Items
Holding library materials can be done by phone, email, or online through the Library’s digital catalog. Items will be placed on hold for the patron for up to 48 hours. When an item is placed on hold, the patron will receive an email or phone call informing them that their item is ready for pickup. If the item is on hold for more than 48 hours, the item will be put back on the shelves for circulation.
Any loan may be recalled at any time if another borrower places a hold/reserve on the item. Any loan may be recalled immediately if the Faculty member has requested to place the item on reserve for a class.
Renewing Library Items
Renewals of library materials are allowed as long as there has been no request for that material by another patron. Materials that are not overdue can be renewed by phone, SMS text, in-person, email, or via the catalog system. If max renewals are reached, the patron must present the item to a Library Staff member in order to check it in and then re-check it out to them.
Renewing materials that are overdue may be renewed, but are not encouraged. The patron will need to either renew through the catalog system or communicate to Library Staff explaining their reasons why they need to extend the loan. Late fees will still be applicable to the patron that has any overdue items on their account. (Details on max renewals for each item are listed in the table below.)
Returning Library Items
Returns can be done either by dropping off the materials with Library Staff members at the Circulation Desk or through the Book Drop Box located right outside of the Library entrance. Items must be returned on or before the due date.
Patrons who borrowed items from the Library may have other people return it for them, but the Library is not responsible if that person does not return it at all. The patron who checked them out is responsible for any items checked out in their name.
If students are not allowed on campus for whatever reason, they can drop them off at the front desk lobby area or ship the item(s) to the school.
Student Loaning Library Items Table
Students may borrow up to 5 items in total at one time. Loan periods for materials are listed below:
Note: Several Library Accessories/Equipment, Special Collections, and Reference items may not be checked-out. These items are intended for Library Use Only!
FINES & PENALTIES
Overdue Library Items
Any materials returned past the due date will be given a fine of $0.50 per day per item that is overdue (unless stated otherwise). The maximum late fee amount is $10 per item. Patrons can pay online at http://tinyurl.com/lafslibrary, at the Cashier’s Office (Building 2, 4th Floor), or through the Library’s digital catalog site https://librarycatalog.lafilm.edu. The receipt should be brought back to Library Staff, either by email, SMS text, or in-person, to clear the student’s fine amount.
Faculty and Staff are excused from any late fees accumulated, but they are still responsible for returning the item on time and in the same condition. If Library Staff does not receive any kind of communication from the Faculty/Staff member within the 30 days that their item is overdue, they will lose checkout privileges until they do return back the missing item.
Overdue Students → Library will send any overdue notices and contact the borrower over a 4-week period:
If the Student has a status of Withdrawn, Canceled, or Alumni, the fee will still be charged on their account with the Business Office team. If the student were to re-attend LAFS, they will need to pay any Library fees before they can fully re-enroll into the school.
Damaged Library Items
All items will be examined upon return. Materials that are returned damaged and not salvageable will be given a fine to the patron that borrowed the item. The borrower must either pay a replacement fee at market value or purchase a replacement copy.
Lost Library Items
If the borrower loses a library item, it will be marked “LOST” and will need to be replaced. The library will accept if the borrower chooses to purchase an exact copy of the lost item as payment. If not, the borrower will be billed the replacement cost.
If the borrower has a 30-day overdue item and does not communicate with Library Staff during the 4-week period, it will be marked “LOST.” The replacement cost fee will be billed on their account with the Business Office team. Any late fees accrued on this lost item will be waived and the borrower will only be charged the cost to replace the item.
If the borrower returns the lost item after a replacement copy has been ordered, the replacement cost will not be refunded.
Students → Rates for Overdue Materials
The Library does not count closed days when calculating fines. If Students lose an item, they will be charged with the replacement cost of the item.
Note: The Library does not count closed days when calculating fines. If Students lose an item, they will be charged with the replacement cost of the item.
Any LAFS community member is more than welcome to visit The LAFS Library at the designated operating times.
Students are required to scan their school-issued ID at the Circulation Desk and state the reason why they are visiting the Library. If students do not have their ID, they may state their ID number or name to the Library Staff present at the Circulation Desk.
The reason why the Library requires students to scan is for safety reasons (making sure they are Active or Alumni students) and to keep track of patron usage of the facility. This data will solely be collected and used for reporting purposes and to provide personalized/user-centered services.
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6363 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028