Library Services

The Pierce Library offers the following services:

  • User training
  • Lending
  • Use of computers and printers
  • Photocopying-Printing

User training

  • With the collaboration of the librarian and the teacher, students receive lessons in computer education aimed at developing the skills that are essential in forming critical abilities in searching for and finding information as well as organizing, evaluating and using this information, regardless of the form in which it is given: print, audio-visual, electronic. The goal of these lessons is the comprehension of the significance of citing bibliographic sources as well as the creation of bibliographies based on international bibliographic models.
  • At the beginning of every school year, A Gymnasium students attend a 2-hour seminar aimed at familiarizing the students with the organization, operation and use of the Library. At the end of the seminar, students play games that help them to become familiar with the use of the catalogues and the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System.
  • In a variety of classes, and in order to fulfill students’ needs for information so that they can complete projects, some class hours are conducted in the Library, again with the collaboration of the teacher and the librarian.
  • Finally, there are targeted thematic seminars upon request. The length and content of the seminars are determined according to the needs in each case, and may include how the Library operates in a tour of the library, or specialized workshops that focus on the use of specific research data bases.

Lending

All PIERCE students, teachers, staff and alumni, as well as DEREE students, professors, staff and alumni, have the right to borrow materials. This right also carries with it certain obligations, the keeping of which facilitates the smooth operation of the Library and proper service for all.

The General Lending Rules apply to everyone and, depending on each user’s status, partial rules apply.

General Lending Rules

1. Lending is carried out by each user personally by showing his/her college ID.

2. Lending is permitted provided the user has no late books or other matters pending. The lending and renewal period are determined according to the user’s status.

3. Books must be returned or renewed by the Due Date, which is recorded inside the back cover. Users have the right to renew materials provided they do not have any overdue books or other matters pending. The material must be presented before it can be renewed. It is not possible to renew materials by telephone.

4. Reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, etc.) and periodicals may not be borrowed.

5. The Library has the right to request that a book be returned immediately in case the book is needed for a particular class (Item on Reserve).

6. Users have the right to request books that have already been lent to another user. The Library can ask that they be returned when necessary. The user that requests a book that has been lent can check to see whether the book has been returned on the Library’s online catalogue (OPAC). When the status of a book that was Checked Out changes to Item Being Held, the user can get the book from the Lending Desk, where it will be held in Reserve for 5 days after its return.

7. When specific or equivalent material is not available in the Pierce Library, users can request and borrow up to 5 books from the JSB Library by using the Interlibrary Lending Service.

8.Users are responsible for the material they borrow until they return it to the Library. If Library material cannot be returned, is lost or destroyed, the user is obliged to cover the cost of replacing it plus an additional 5.00€ processing fee.

Students

The General Lending Rules apply, plus:

The ability to borrow up to 10 books at the same time.
The lending period is 15 days and two more (2) consecutive renewals are possible.

Teachers

The General Lending Rules apply, plus:

The ability to borrow up to 30 books.
Five (5) consecutive renewals are possible.
During the academic year there are 2 lending periods with specific due dates which are set at the beginning of the year.
The right to borrow materials from the audio-visual collection (videocassettes, CDs, DVDs) for a period of one to three days.
The right to borrow portable image and sound reproduction systems (slide projectors, cassette / CD players) for a day.
The borrower bears full responsibility for the proper use and safety of audio-visual equipment. In case of loss or damage to the equipment, its replacement is requested.

Staff

The General Lending Rules apply, plus:

The right to borrow up to 30 books for 6 months and five (5) consecutive renewals are possible.
During the academic year there are 2 lending periods with specific due dates which are set at the beginning of the year.
The right to borrow materials from the audio-visual collection (videocassettes, CDs, DVDs) for a period of one to three days.

Alumni

Pierce Alumni have the right to use the JSB and Pierce Libraries free of charge for the first year following their graduation. After the first year, they can continue to use the libraries by paying an annual subscription fee of 30.00€.

The General Lending Rules apply, plus:

  • The right to borrow 2 books for 2 weeks without the possibility of renewal.

Retirees

The General Lending Rules apply, plus:

  • The right to borrow 2 books for 2 weeks without the possibility of renewal.

Use of computers and printers

The Library has 10 computers connected to the Internet available for users. Students can use these computers during their breaks provided they have reserved them in advance and, of course, during classes that are conducted in the Library.

Photocopying-Printing

The Library has a modern network printer that is managed by the company Cosmos Business Systems. Students who wish to use the printer need to have a personal printing card (available from the school secretariat), which they must take care not to lose. The issue of a new card is charged with a minimum printing cost of 5.00€. This quota can be used as follows:

1. Black and white printing A4: 0.07€ per page.
2. Color printing A4 : 0.10€ per page.