Learn more About the Library! The SJC Library offers a variety of rooms and study to students and community membersspaces

Spaces and Policies

Library Spaces

San Juan College Library offers a variety of spaces for students and community members. The Library has more than 40 computer stations for student use. Study tables are available throughout the Library. The study tables feature built-in power access for plugging in laptops and other devices. The Library provides a charging tower with many different charging cables to charge a variety of phones and other devices. The Library also has two study rooms for student use/ group use on a first-come first-served basis.

If you need assistance with wayfinding please contact Accessibility Services at (505) 566-3643 or (505) 566-3271.

A map of the layout of the SJC Library

Library Policies

A San Juan College I.D. card must be presented in order to check out any library materials. Most books may be borrowed for 3 weeks. Residents 18 years and older who are not SJC students may obtain a SJC Library card by showing proof of a current San Juan County address. The self-check system may be used for all regular circulating materials.

Item Return

Please return materials on or before the specified due date so others may use them. Borrowed books may be returned to the book drop at the Circulation Desk or outside the Learning Commons.


Patrons may renew their books one time, unless the item has been requested by another patron. Renewals may be done in person or over the phone. Overdue books are NOT renewable by phone.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost or damaged materials will be charged according to the fee rate posted at the circulation desk.

Overdue Material

Fines are charged when materials are not returned by the designated due date or time. Costs are:

$.25 per day per book
$1.00 per hour for reserve materials
$1.00 per day for interlibrary loan materials
$1.00 per day for videos
$5.00 for lost or damaged materials, plus item cost

Patrons will not be allowed to check out materials until all fines have been paid at the Circulation Desk. San Juan College students will receive a sanction with the first overdue notice. Sanctions prohibit students from registering for classes and obtaining college transcripts. Sanctions will be cleared upon payment of fines. Fines will accrue up to $10.00 per material borrowed.

The library is intended to be a place where all of its users can study, do research, browse books, use computers and generally go about their business in a non-threatening environment. Patrons are expected to behave in a courteous manner, respectful of the rights of others who require a quiet environment in which to study, computer, research and write.

We expect patrons to respect other patrons’ use of the Library for these purposes and to respect the Library’s books, buildings, and other property. Any patron’s conduct which disrupts or interferes with other patrons’ proper use of the Library or the Library’s operations is unwelcome prohibited.

Disruptive Behavior

Users who, by their behavior, persist in harassing or annoying others and thereby disrupt their ability to concentrate on their work will be given one warning regarding the specific behavior. If the behavior continues, disruptive patrons will be asked to leave the library for a length of time to be determined by a library department head. If upon return to the library, disruptive behavior continues, patron privileges may be revoked.

If library staff determines that the situation requires it, campus safety or police may be called.

Behavior that is considered disruptive to the normal use of the library includes (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Loud or boisterous behavior including loud talking, shouting, running or fighting.
  • Children are not permitted in the library unless accompanied by an adult, and must remain together at all times.
  • Belligerent or threatening behavior towards staff or other library users
  • Behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for another patron to continue using the library.
  • Playing of audio equipment without headphones, including the library’s computers (Other patrons should not be able to hear these devices)
  • Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs, or selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs

Food & Beverages

Food & beverages are permitted in the library – on a limited and tidy basis.

Library Computers

Library computers are in high demand and limited in availability. Patrons are discouraged from using these limited resources for large blocks of time. Library computers are primarily intended for research and study purposes. Patrons who wish to play computer games or use other digital media are encouraged to use campus computer labs.

Materials referred to in this policy statement may be defined as those items which are used to support and enrich the curriculum and that are selected for students, faculty and staff of the college and residents of the county.

Selection of materials, because of enlarging curriculum and the publishing of new materials, is a continuous process; therefore, materials are selected by qualified personnel consisting of instructors, librarians, and administrators through individual or committee study and recommendations.  The authority for the final selection resides with the Director of Library Services.  The Director will encourage faculty participation in both materials selection and withdrawal of obsolete materials.

Materials will be selected according to the following principles:

  1. To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served.
  2. To provide materials that will encourage personal and intellectual growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, diverse views and other intellectual stimulation.
  3. To provide a background of information which will enable students to better make informed decisions.
  4. To provide a variety of views on controversial issues so that students may develop the practice of critical reading and thinking.
  5. To provide materials representative of many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage.
  6. To be guided by the principles of intellectual freedom in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users and mission statement of the library.

The following evaluative criteria will be used:

  1. Materials which are educationally suitable and ones which are essential and appropriate for development of the subject.
  2. Materials that have been well researched and thoughtful in presentation.
  3. Materials which are considered to have literary aesthetic value.
  4. Materials whose value is enduring and/or timely.
  5. Authors should be considered competent and qualified in the field.
  6. Materials dealing with controversial issues are represented by both sides of the issue in thoughtful manner.
  7. Materials should be well-constructed and durable enough for library use.


Materials donated or bequeathed to the library shall be evaluated and accepted according to the same criteria as materials purchased. All materials accepted shall become the property of the college and subject to the library’s rules of distribution, housing, and disposal. If gifts or bequests prove to be duplicates or materials already owned, the Director shall make arrangements to dispose of them in accordance with this policy.

Withdrawal of Materials

In consultation with appropriate personnel, the following materials may be withdrawn from the collection and discarded or exchanged:

  1. Obsolete materials:  subjects that become dated quickly and outdated;
    Information that can be misleading; e.g., encyclopedias, directories, travel, geography, science, careers, medicine.
  2. Superfluous duplicates.
  3. Badly worn or defaced volumes for which there are suitable replacements;
    e.g., dirty, brittle or yellowed pages, books with missing pages or broken spines.
  4. Materials not pertinent to the collection and that are not standard titles.
  5. Materials no longer considered accurate or factual, and which have no historical value.
  6. Materials reported lost and not recovered with two years will be marked withdrawn in the inventory records.


The selection of library materials is predicated on the user’s right to read and freedom from censorship by others.  Many books are controversial, and any given item may offend some persons.  Selections for this library will not, however, be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the materials in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of the readers.  The library holds censorship to be a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free choose one’s own reading material, one does not have the right to restrict the freedom of others.

Individuals questioning the appropriateness of certain materials for the college library should present their criticism, in writing, to the Director of Library Services.  The criticism should identify objectionable items in books, periodicals, or publications, and explain why you feel the item does not meet the library’s criteria for material selection.

The work as a whole should be considered, and not just statements or portions taken out of context.

The Circulation Desk is responsible for scheduling usage of the library study rooms (Room A: 6212 & Room B: 6214) on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. A valid SJC student ID is required to check out a study room, and also to borrow items/equipment for use in the room (markers, keyboard & mouse, etc.).
  2. The checkout period is three (3) hours (*no renewals*). However, a study group (of 3 or more individuals) may be allowed 2 consecutive checkouts for a max. of 6 hours per day.
  3. Each room is equipped for a maximum of six (6) people. Do not take additional chairs from nearby tables or computer stations into the study room.
  4. Please keep a low volume in conversation and while playing any audio. The rooms are not soundproof and are best-used quietly. Be considerate of other library users in the adjacent study room and surrounding areas.
  5. User(s) must be present in the room throughout the checkout period, except for brief breaks. If users are absent from the room (and the library) for an extended period of time, library staff may make the room available to other users.
  6. Light snacks and drinks are allowed but no food trays or meals are permitted. User(s) should be careful not to spill food or drink and must clean up after themselves.
  7. The person who checks out the study room is responsible for the condition of the room, and should return any moved furniture to the original arrangement (e.g. chairs returned to the table). Costs for cleaning or to repair any damage to the room will be charged to their account.
  8. When leaving, be sure that the room is clean, all trash is put in the wastebasket, the door is locked and closed, and any borrowed items/equipment are returned to the Circulation Desk. Please notify staff that you are vacating the room.


Phone: (505) 566-3249

Learning Commons

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat 9a.m. - 5 p.m.