Carroll College, Helena Montana

Guest Guide

Members of the General Public: please see also the Library's Guest Use Policy.

Book Collection

Circulating books are located on the lower level of the Corette Library, known as the stacks. Holds may be placed on books that are checked out--inquire at the Circulation Desk. The collection is arranged by Library of Congress Classification. Library of Congress Classification System handouts are available at the Circulation Desk.

Book Drop

A book drop is located in the front of the Library on the east side of the main entrance. Please return library materials there when the Library is closed.

Building Access

An electronically operated handicap-accessible door is located at both entrances to the Corette Library, as well as in the interior lobby. The lower level of the Library is accessible by stairs or via an elevator located next to the Information Desk. Public restrooms on both levels are equipped with handicap accessible stalls. People needing assistance in using the Online Public Access Catalog, copiers, other equipment, or in retrieving items from the stacks may request assistance from the Library Staff.


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 computer station is available in the Library near the reference area.

Cell Phones

As a courtesy to those using the Library for research and study, please turn off your cell phone while in the Library.

Circulation Policies

Guests may check out circulating materials (books, government documents) from the Corette Library. Check out period is for three weeks, with a possibility of renewal (see below). Overdue fines are charged at twenty cents ($0.20) per day per item (see below).

Conference Rooms

Conference Rooms are available only to members of Carroll College.

Electronic Collections / Databases

Electronic Collections and Databases are available only to members of Carroll College.

DVDs / Videos

The Corette Library maintains a DVD collection for classroom use. DVDs are available only to members of Carroll College.


The Library is open to guest only certain hours.

Internet Access

Internet access is not available to guests.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a service available only to the Carroll College community.

Juvenile Book Collection

The Library maintains a juvenile book collection for curriculum purposes. Juvenile call numbers are prefaced by J- or Juv-. This collection is shelved in the lower level stacks after the Zs.

Library Card

In order to check out circulating materials, guests must present a Corette Library Card. In order to receive a Corette Library Card, a current valid Montana academic or public library card must be presented.

Overdue Materials

Overdue materials are charge at twenty cents ($0.20) per day per item. The first overdue notice is sent the day after the material is due and the second notice is sent approximately fourteen days later. A third notice informs the library user that their library privileges are restricted and that they will be blocked from any further loans until the overdue item(s) are returned and fines are paid in full. If the overdue item is not returned, a bill will be sent to the library user. The charges then become $25.00 per item plus the cost of replacing the material. Please call the Library if you believe that the first notice is incorrect or if you need to renew an item. IF a book is lost or misplaced, inform the Library immediately so that the daily fine may be stopped and other measures taken to resolve the problem. Unpaid fines and replacement costs can result in restriction of library privileges. This is a service offered by the Library. If items are not returned, library privileges for all guests may be suspended.


A parking lot is located adjacent to the Library There are two handicapped parking spaces near the building. If you receive a parking ticket, please bring the ticket to the Circulation Desk and the Library Staff will cancel the ticket.


The majority of our periodicals are available electronically, and only to the Carroll College community. Print current issues are placed on the display shelves on the upper level of the Library. Older issues are shelved in the adjacent stacks. Periodicals are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Each periodical title has a call number and is shelved with other titles in the same subject field. Periodicals are for in-house use only and cannot be checked out.

Periodical Indexes

Most Corette Library periodical indexes are available only to the Carroll community.

Photocopies / Scans

This is a coin-operated copy machine on the upper level of the Library. Copies cost ten cents ($0.10) for black and white and twenty-five cents ($0.25) for color. Persons reproducing documents are liable for any infringement of United States Copyright Law.


Posters for non-Carroll events must be approved by the Director of Student Activities, and may only be placed on the Library bulletin board. Please check at the Circulation Desk before posting any material.

Reference Assistance

Librarians are available for consultation Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Reference assistance is not available on Saturdays or holidays.

Reference Collection

The print reference collection is housed on the upper level of the Library. Reference material cannot be checked out.

Renewal of Library Materials

Materials can be renewed if there is not a hold request on it. Check with the Circulation Desk for renewing library materials. Most renewals may be done by telephone (406) 447-4340 or email.


Smoking is prohibited in the Library and 20 feet around the exterior of the building.


Soft drink, juice and candy machines are located on the lower level.


A phone for brief local calls is located next to the Online Public Access Catalog computer, across from the information desk.

U.S. Federal 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.


The Corette Library maintains a website that is part of the Carroll College website. The URL is In addition to the most up-to-date information about the Library, the website provides access to the Library's electronic collections.