Library Policies

The Comanche Nation College Library is committed to creating an environment conducive for learning and studying. As such, disruptive behavior and loud talking will not be tolerated and individuals demonstrating such behavior will be asked to leave the library. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times; parents will be asked to leave the library if their children are being disruptive to students.

Cell phones must be turned to silent or vibrate and no cell phone calls are to be placed or received in the library.

Food is prohibited. Only beverages in a spill-proof container are allowed. The non-ceremonial use of tobacco products is not allowed within the library.

Computers are to be used by enrolled Comanche Nation College students. While there is no time limit on computer usage, if all computers are full and other students need to use them, a time limit or a waiting list may be imposed. Any school-related material may be printed (i.e. class assignments, journal articles, and other research material), but non-school related printing is prohibited.

Circulation Policy

The library strives to be the central access-to-information center for Comanche Nation College students, Tribal members and the community. The library’s circulation policies try to ensure that each patron may borrow needed materials for a time period long enough in duration to accomplish reading, research and analysis needs yet short enough in duration to ensure that materials are readily available to others who may seek them.

Current students, faculty, and staff with a valid Comanche Nation College identification card may check out library materials.

Tribal and community members may also use our library and check out materials. Please stop by the library service desk to request a courtesy card.

Your library card is valid as long as you are a registered Comanche Nation College student or actively employed Comanche Nation College faculty or staff member.

Even after leaving Comanche Nation College, your card may be validated as a community patron. Please stop by the library service desk to make this change. This card is valid for one year from the date of issue and may be renewed.

Materials That May Be Checked Out
  • Circulating materials on the shelves
  • Circulating materials held at the circulation desk
  • Designated reserves
  • Maps
Materials That Do Not Check Out
  • Reference materials
  • Serials, newspapers, magazines
  • Archive and special collections materials
  • Microfilm and microfiche
Loan Periods and Limits

Presented below are circulation limits and periods by patron type. Under certain circumstances, librarians and full-time library circulation staff members make exceptions to these limits.

Status Standard Checkout Time Limit on Circulating Materials Videos Music CDs Reserve (including textbooks) Renewals
Faculty 60 Days 10 items 30 days 14 days 4 items 3
Staff 30 days 5 items 7 days 7 days 4 items 2
Students 14 days 5 items 7 days 7 days 4 items 2
Nursing Students 14 days 5 items 7 days 7 days 4 items 2
Courtesy Card Holders 14 days 2 items 7 days 7 days 0 1
Book Return

Materials may be returned to the Library Service Desk.


Books and items may be put on Reserve by instructors with a written request. Textbooks may be included. Reserve items may be checked out for either two hours – library use only or four hours, depending on how the requestor deems necessary. All items on Reserved will be taken off the reserve list at the end of the semester and reviewed prior to the beginning of the next semester.

Lost Items

Patrons are responsible for lost or damaged items they have checked out on their account.The patron will be charged for the full or partial replacement cost of the item, depending upon the original condition of the item. If the item is paid for, then subsequently found and returned, the patron will be refunded 50 percent of the amount paid. Exceptions will be considered.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges are automatically suspended when a borrower fails to return an overdue item, fails to pay for replacement of a lost item.

Courtesy Card Policy

Persons not enrolled at or employed by Comanche Nation College may request library circulation privileges by completing the Courtesy Card Application form. Applicants should provide requested identification, and agree to be responsible for the care and timely return of borrowed items. Courtesy card holders may borrow up to ten items for a time period of up to 30 days in length. Renewal requests are honored, unless another individual has requested use of an item on loan to the courtesy card holder. Card holders are responsible for replacement costs of lost or damaged items. Card privileges do not include use of the computers for internet, electronic mail, or word processing access.

Collection Development Policy

The Comanche Nation College Library supports the mission of the Comanche Nation College by providing a location for students, faculty, staff, Comanche Nation citizens, other tribal members, and the public members of the community to study and learn, conduct research, and engage in educational activities. The Comanche Nation College Library’s policies, procedures and philosophy are based on a Comanche-Centered Education for students of all abilities. The Comanche Nation College Library supports the curriculum of programs offered, whether it is a degree or certificate, general developmental education, personal development, and tribal cultural awareness.

The library has the responsibility to provide:
  • expertly selected books and other materials for use in development and enrichment of the human spirit;
  • advice and guidance in the use of these materials;
  • information and research services to help in the search for knowledge and learning;
  • cooperation with groups and agencies in the tribe in stimulating education and cultural activities; and
  • sponsorship of discussion groups, institutes, and film forums or other cultural activities to encourage continuing learning through use of books and other materials.
Criteria for Selection

Library materials are selected by the Librarian and staff, since no one person is fully qualified to determine the reading needs of all persons in all sections of the community. Suggestions from tribal members are always welcomed and given serious consideration. Competent reviewing media and basic lists of standard works are consulted as an aid in selection. All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the following standards. When judging the quality of materials, several standards and combinations of standards may be used.

General Criteria:
  • Suitability of physical form for library use
  • Insight into human and social conditions
  • Suitability of subject and style for intended audience
  • Present and potential relevance to tribal needs
  • Appropriateness and effectiveness of medium to content
  • Importance as a document of the times
  • Relation to existing collection and other materials on subject
  • Reputation and significance of author
  • Budgetary Considerations
  • Attention of critics, reviewers, and public
Specific Criteria for the Evaluation of Works of Information and Opinion:
  • Authority
  • Comprehensiveness and depth of treatment
  • Clarity, accuracy, and logic of presentation
  • Statement of challenging or original point of view
Specific Criteria for the Evaluation of Works of Imagination:
  • Representation of important movement (literary or social), genre, trend, or national culture
  • Vitality and originality
  • Artistic presentation and experimentation
  • Sustained interest
  • Effective characterization

Materials to satisfy highly specialized interests are bought if real or potential demand exists. In certain cases, the most satisfactory service to a reader is to refer the individual to another institution or to an expert in that field.

Problem Areas
Binding, Mending, and Withdrawal

Keeping materials in good physical condition is essential. Decisions to mend, bind, or withdraw are based on the actual condition of the book, current validity of its contents, availability for reorder, cost of binding vs. replacement, and physical attractiveness of the solution.

Theft and Mutilation

Stolen or mutilated materials will be replaced when they are deemed necessary for the maintenance of a well-rounded collection. Materials of marginal importance whose use cannot be adequately controlled may, at times, not be replaced.

Special Formats

Non-book materials (recordings, microfilm, films, paintings, etc.) are an integral part of the library’s holdings and will be provided as far as possible within the budget. The same philosophy and standards of selection that apply to books apply to the selection of material other than books. Need, demand, and use are factors to be considered.


Gift additions must meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials. At the discretion of the librarian, materials may be redistributed. In some cases, titles are received or purchased that could not have been acquired from library funds because of budget limitations. The Library encourages monetary gifts not earmarked for specific items in order to permit the most flexible use of the donation for the enrichment of the collection.


Deselection is a thorough and conscientious effort to achieve a well-balanced collection suitable to the clientele served and should be a consistent process. Factors to consider in deselection are:

  • the physical condition of the book;
  • slow moving material not listed in standard sources;
  • books containing subject matter no longer of current interest;
  • multiple copies of titles no longer in demand; and
  • old editions replaced by later revisions of nonfiction titles.
Intellectual Freedom

The library collection must obtain the various positions expressed on important, complicated, or controversial questions, including unpopular or unorthodox positions. The library does not promote particular beliefs or views. It provides a resource where the individual can examine issues freely and make his own decisions.

Selection will be made on the merits of the work in relation to the building of the collections and to serving the interest of the readers.

Responsibility for the reading of minors rests with their parents and legal guardians. Selection of adult material will not be limited by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of minors.

Challenged Material

The complainant will be requested to file the objection in writing on the form provided by the librarian. The director will then present the written complaint to the Comanche Nation College President who will read and examine the material in question. The value and faults of the material as a whole will be weighed. The President will then recommend retaining or withdrawing the questioned material. The complainant will be advised of the decision.