Dorset College Library is a reference library and is open to all Dorset students and instructors.
Our ambition is the continuous improvement and development of our facilities and services in order to meet the various information needs of the library users.
Our mission is to enrich the educational experience of Dorset College students by providing access to information relevant to the academic programs offered by the college along with a quiet study space.
For students and instructors, the library and librarian constitute an academic resource for qualified information seeking. The library is meant to be utilized for research and study.
Dorset College Library provides various resources, among them: reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.), books (textbooks, fiction, non-fiction), periodicals or serials (magazines), free access online resources.
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The library is closed on holidays and during semester breaks.
Dorset College Library provides its patrons with a quiet space and environment for study and research. Students can use library computers for their research or bring their own laptops as there is wireless access in the library. College Librarian is available to assist students with their research and finding library resources. The sessions offered by the library are designed to introduce students to the academic library and cover the following topics:
In-library use of library materials is welcomed at all times. Reference materials including dictionaries and encyclopedias are for in-library use only. Although the Library is a Reference Library, students are allowed to borrow course material for their studies. To borrow an item from the library a student or instructor should always have it checked out at the librarian’s desk. All Dorset students must present their valid Dorset Student ID card. Before graduating from Dorset programs students must have their Library Clearance Form signed by the librarian and present the form to the Registrar. Students will not get their program credentials until they return all due library items and have the form signed.
The loan period should not exceed 3 weeks, after that the loan can be extended by 3 more weeks if the item was not put on hold by other student. A book can be borrowed for the period of one semester if there are enough copies available in the library. No more than 3 textbooks at a time could be borrowed by a person for the same period. Instructors can borrow library materials for the period of 1 semester.
Late fees ($1/day to a maximum of $10 per item) are charged on an overdue library material for every day that the item is overdue. Failure to return an overdue item and/or unpaid fines of $10 maximum will result in the deduction of the fine and the actual cost of the book from the student’s account balance for that semester. The student will not be allowed to register for the courses for the following semester until this fee remains outstanding. For more information see the Library User Manual available in the library.
Code of Conduct in the Library
In order to maintain a quiet, respectful environment, the students are asked to speak on their cell phones outside the Library.
No food or drink is allowed in the Library.
There is plenty of information available on the Internet. Always remember to evaluate the sources before using the information you found. Below is a compilation of some educational web resources:
Journals and Encyclopedias
ONLINE JOURNAL DATABASES AND DIRECTORIES
E-Books and Dictionaries
ONLINE DICTIONARIES AND THESAURI
Learning Video Resources
ONLINE FREE COURSES, EDUCATIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES
PRINT MATERIALS AND GENERAL COPYRIGHT GUIDELINES
Dorset College respects user and creator rights relating to the use of copyrighted materials, including the moral and economic rights of creators and content providers. Dorset College currently holds an Access Copyright license.
Access Copyright is a non-profit, national organization, representing tens of thousands of Canadian creators and publishers. Private academic institutions sign an agreement with Access Copyright and pay an annual fee that authorizes much of the photocopying which is required by students, faculty and staff and permits limited copying for personal use and for teaching and research purposes.
Copyright, including implied copyright, is held by the creator of a work, unless and until the creator signs the copyright over to another individual or body. In the case of published works, copyright is usually held by the publisher. No other individual may copy protected works without permission from the copyright holder, regardless of the use for which the copies are intended, except within the limitations permitted by the Access Copyright agreement.
All members of the Dorset College community are responsible for informing themselves about the parameters of both Canada’s Copyright Act and Dorset’s Access Copyright agreement, and for ensuring that any copying they do in connection with their Dorset activities complies with these guidelines. The print and digital copying guidelines are posted above and/or adjacent to every photocopier. Visit the Access Copyright website for a complete listing of guidelines.