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About the Library

Welcome to the Library at Hocking College

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Library Staff

LaDora Ousley

Manager of Library Services
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Fall 2023 Hours

 Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Davidson Hall, First Floor
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764


Mission Statement

The Hocking College Library is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning by providing resources and services that support the core values of the college and enriching the experience by creating a community of lifelong learners.

Hocking College Library supports the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights," "Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries" and "Freedom to View" statement. The Library complies with all provisions of U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) and its amendments. We support the Fair Use section of the Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. 107) which permits and protects citizens' rights to reproduce and make use of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching, scholarship and research.

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Policies & Services

Borrowing Materials

The Hocking College Library is an OhioLINK member. All faculty, staff and currently registered students can borrow books from the Library or from other OhioLINK member libraries through the OhioLINK Catalog, or on site at other OhioLINK libraries.

Student IDs are preferred for checkout of Library materials. IDs can be obtained by visiting the Concourse area of the John Light Building. Students may alternately present a photo ID and provide their student ID number.

Loan periods for STUDENTS


Students may have 15 books charged out to them at one time. Books from the Hocking College Library are loaned to students for 21 days and can usually be renewed six times.

Books from OhioLINK are loaned to students for 21 days and can usually be renewed six times. Renewals can be denied if a patron from the lending institution places a hold on the item.


Media from other OhioLINK institutions can be borrowed for seven days and can usually be renewed three times.

Students may use media materials owned by Hocking College Library within the library only. If a student needs to use media for an in-class presentation, it must be checked out and picked up by the instructor.

Loan periods for FACULTY/STAFF


Hocking College Library books are loaned to faculty and staff for the duration of the academic quarter.

OhioLINK books are loaned to faculty and staff for 42 days and can usually be renewed six times.


Faculty and staff can borrow media materials for 7 days, with three renewals. This material should be picked up and returned to the Library.

Community Borrowers

Members of the community who live within 50 miles of the Nelsonville campus can register to become patrons of the Hocking College Library. You will need to present a photo ID and proof of local residency.

Hocking College Library books are loaned to community borrowers for 21 days and can usually be renewed four times.

OhioLINK is not available to community borrowers.

Library Use Only Materials

Periodicals (magazines), reference, and closed reserve items are for use within the Library only.


The Hocking College Library does not charge overdue (per day) fines for its own materials, but materials borrowed from other OhioLINK libraries are $.50 per day for each day overdue. Recalled materials are $2.00 per day.

If an item borrowed from OhioLINK or the Hocking College Library is overdue more than 30 days, that item will be billed to your account. Hocking College Library charges replacement cost of the book plus a processing free (replacement cost varies by the value of the book). OhioLINK charges $125.00 for billed items; this charge is reduced to $50.00 if the item is returned.

There is a $.10 per page charge for all magazine articles ordered from other OhioLINK member libraries. Fees will vary for articles ordered through standard interlibrary loan channels.

Failure to meet financial obligations (fines, bills, etc.) to the Library will result in suspended Library privileges. Delinquent accounts will be billed to the patron's account with Hocking College. Unpaid charges can prevent the ability to register for classes and to request transcripts.


A public photocopier is available in the library's main area. Photocopies are $.10 per page. Change is available at the circulation desk.

Please do not attempt to perform any maintenance on the copier. If the copier shows an error message, needs paper, or you need general help making copies, please ask Library staff.


The quiet study area is located at the rear of the library beyond the stack area. There is no talking in this area. Open table study is located at the front of the library directly across from the circulation desk. This area is intended for group and individual study, tutoring, computer use, and is active in nature.

Gift Policy

Hocking College Library is pleased to accept gifts of books, media, and other materials that enhance the library's collection and support the mission of the library and Hocking College. We accept gifts in the following categories:

  • Hardcover or paperback books in good to excellent condition
  • CDs and DVDs in good working condition and in their original cases
  • Periodicals MAY be accepted if they do not duplicate our holdings and would benefit our collection
  • Monetary donations
  • Misc. donations such as art, furniture (subject to evaluation of material(s) to be donated)

Unfortunately, the library cannot accept the following types of materials:

  • Textbooks that are more than 5 years old
  • Workbooks, regardless of condition
  • Foreign language books (anything written in a language other than English)
  • Items in poor condition (mold/mildew, obvious water damage, stains, damaged/brittle materials)
  • Duplicate copies of titles already owned by the Library
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassette tapes
  • Most magazines/journals/periodicals (with noted exception above)
  • Photocopied materials
  • Any type of media that circumvents copyright (programs recorded from TV, duplicates of retail videos, etc.)

Library staff will review gift submissions for possible addition to our collection. Donations become the property of Hocking College Library and cannot be returned. All donations are appreciated, but donors should be aware that materials not added to the collection may be sold, discarded, or given to other interested libraries.

The library cannot appraise items for tax-deduction purposes. Donors who wish to have items appraised should do so prior to making their donation. Donors are responsible for following IRS rules.

Collection Development Policy

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