Carroll College, Helena Montana

Borrow & Renew

Please see also the Library's Borrowing & Renewal Policy.

Library User Card

To check out all library materials, including equipment and class reserve material, all students must present a current student ID with a valid bar code. Student IDs may be obtained from the Office for Student Life. Bar codes may be obtained at the Corette Library Circulation Desk.


The Corette Library's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) allows searching for print books, electronic books, and DVDs by author, title, or subject. Advanced searching capabilities are available. Carroll College is part of the OMNI group and shares a common catalog interface with ten Montana academic libraries. The OPAC is accessible electronically through the Corette Library Website. A dedicated OPAC station is available in the Library near the reference area.

Circulating Materials

Items from the general collection circulate (may be borrowed) for three weeks to Carrol students and the general public; these items may be renewed for an additional three weeks, up to three times. If a hold or recall is placed on an item, that item may not be renewed. 

Carroll College faculty and staff may check out items from the general collection for a full semester; all items are subject to recall. 

DVDs and Blu-ray circulate for one week. Reserve materials may or may not circulate depending on the instructor. Reference materials, periodicals, and microforms may only be used in the Library.


Electronic Collections

The Library has online access to eBooks, electronic journals, databases, periodical indexes, electronic reference works, and Carroll College theses after 2010. The Carroll College newspaper, The Prospector, is available online. Available databases and indexes are listed with descriptions and links on the Library website, and are available to the Carroll Community off-campus using a VPN link on the Library homepage.

Print Collections

The Corette Library includes the following print collections: circulating books and juvenile books, reference works, periodicals, federal documents, and Carroll College Honors theses. All items except reference works and periodicals may be checked out. Course reserve material is held at the Circulation Desk. Most collections are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System.

Center for Innovation and Technology (CITe ; also known as "The sandbox")

A classroom on the upper level, equipped with multiple screens, BrightLink projectors, and flexible seating, is available by reservation. Outside of class hours, the room is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Dan Case for more information.

Federal Government Documents

The Library is a partial depository for U.S. Federal publications and documents, and receives publications primarily in the areas of international affairs, business, education, and health. The Documents Collection is housing in the northeast corner of the main level and is arranged by SUDOC number. Many federal government documents are available online.   For additional information, see the Subject Guide to Government Documents.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials that are not owned by the Corette Library may be available on loan from another library. A written interlibrary loan policy is available. Forms are available online and in print. Users needing this service should consult with a librarian.

Renewal of Library Materials

Corette Library materials may be renewed, as long as a hold request has not been placed. Check with the Circulation Desk to renew Corette Library materials. Most materials may also be renewed by telephone (406) 447-4340, email or online. To renew online, please see the circulation desk for instructions and to create a password for your account.

Reserve Materials

Material that has been placed on reserve is available at the Circulation Desk. It is arranged by the instructor's name and course number. Please know the author and title of the materials you need. The instructor sets the conditions for circulation, including any time limits. A current Carroll ID with valid bar code must be presented in order to check out reserve material.

The fine for late return of reserve material is $2.00 per day.

Overdue / Lost Book Policy

Fines for three week loan items are assessed at twenty cents ($0.20) per day per item. Overdue reserve materials are subject to fines of $2.00 per day per item. A lost book with result in an invoice for the replacement costs plus a $25.00 processing fee. Borrowing privileges are suspended, including reserve materials, when a third notice of overdue materials has been sent to the patron. If fines or book replacement fees are not paid in a timely manner, accounts are transferred to the Carroll College Business Office for collection. Students with outstanding fines will not be able to obtain grades or transcripts.