Library Policies

Corette Library policies can be found here. For more information or assistance, contact us at or 406-447-4340.


The Carroll College Archives is devoted to the history of the college and our alumni, faculty, and staff. The collection consists of materials related to Carroll College, including records of the college, manuscript collections of persons with ties to the college, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and video recordings, blueprints, and college publications.

See an overview of archival collections.


Archival materials do not circulate and may be viewed in our Archives Reading room. 

  • Individuals: Contact the library staff at to make an appointment to use archival materials. You will be asked to complete a registration form and review this policy.
  • Classes: We welcome Carroll College classes to visit the Archives. Librarians are available to collaborate on how to integrate our resources into your class. Contact the library staff for more information.

Usage Guidelines

  • No food or drinks are allowed in the Archives Reading Room. 
  • Please use a computer, tablet, or pencil for note-taking. Pens are not allowed.
  • Please handle all archival materials with care.
  • Remove only one folder from a box at a time.
    • Keep material in its folder and retain the original order of the documents.    
  • If you need to copy, photograph, or scan Archival materials, please consult with a librarian. 
  • When referring to our Archival materials in your work, please include a citation of the Carroll College Archives. A credit line must be given when using photographs.

Collection Development Policy

The Carroll College Archives collects records relating to the history and culture of Carroll College; records generated by faculty, students, and alumni; and materials documenting the college’s relationship with Helena and Lewis & Clark County.


The Archives serve as the institutional memory of Carroll College. As such, its primary mission is to collect, preserve, organize, describe, and make available institutional records of enduring historical, legal, fiscal, and administrative value. The Archives collect records of the Helena community that help promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, programs, and goals of the College.


We welcome donations or bequests of collections related to Carroll College or people connected to Carroll College. (We do not purchase items or collections.) Prior to accepting collections, we will assess the relevance of the materials to Carroll College, the size and condition of the collection/item, and the ability of the Archives to process, store, and preserve it. If we are unable to accept a collection, we will help try to find an appropriate home for the offered materials.

Revised 02/2022

Who Can Borrow?

Students, staff, faculty, and members of the public with a Corette Library card may borrow books from the library for free.

Please present your Carroll ID when checking out library materials. Users from outside the Carroll community will be issued a library card upon presentation of a valid card from their local or college library. An email address is now required, as it is the only way we send overdue notices.

Note: Carroll students may also borrow directly from Lewis & Clark Public Library. Take your Carroll College ID and proof of a Lewis and Clark County address to the library to get a card.

Borrowing Periods

How long material may be borrowed for:
 StudentsFaculty & StaffPublic
Books1 semester (+ 1 renewal)1 semester (+ 1 renewal)3 weeks (+ 1 renewal)
DVDs & Blu-rays1 week (+ 1 renewal)1 week (+ 1 renewal)Do not circulate
Reserve MaterialsDefined by professorDefined by professorDo not circulate
Reference & PeriodicalsDo not circulateOvernight by permissionDo not circulate
Equipment (iPads, headphones, etc.)24 hours24 hoursDo not circulate

Fines and Overdue and Damaged Items

Overdue Items

You will receive a courtesy email reminding you when your item is due shortly before the due date. Please return or renew your item(s). Significantly overdue items are considered lost and you will be charged for the replacement cost of the material plus a $25 processing fee. You will receive an automatic notification if your item is in danger of being declared lost.

Late Fees

Students, staff, and faculty do not accrue fines, though late fees may be charged for overdue reserve items.

General public late fees accrue at rate of $.25 a day. You will be blocked from checking out additional material and renewing items when your fines are $5.00 or more, or when a third notice of overdue materials has been sent to your email address on file.

Damaged and Lost Items

All patrons. If you lose an item or return an item significantly damaged, you will be billed for the cost to replace the item plus a $25 processing fee (and any accrued fines for members of the public).


Members of the public may access the library's catalog from the designated catalog computers located on each floor and browse our print collection. Members of the public do not have access to Wi-Fi or our electronic journals and databases.


Revised 09/2021

The Corette Library Collection Development & Maintenance policy helps library staff meet collection goals related to the mission of the library, informs the College community about the principles by which materials are selected, and guides how we spend our collection funds. The policy also helps define and affirm our commitment to support research and teaching at Carroll College, as well as new models of research and scholarship.

The Library is funded by College general revenues and limited additional funding through endowments, grants, and gifts. 

Our Collection goals include:

  • Providing an excellent user experience.
  • Providing inclusive access and discoverability to collections that respond nimbly at point-of-need.
  • Facilitating big-picture design of the collections with input from all stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with students and faculty to determine user needs.


The students, faculty, and staff of Carroll College are our primary users and have full access to the Corette Library and its services. Members of the public, including any Montana public library cardholder and any member of a TRAILS institution, have access to our print collection, in-house use of periodical and reference collections, and basic reference service. 

Collection Growth

The materials selected for the collection support the curriculum of the college. Carroll College emphasizes teaching; the library purchases items for faculty research as the budget allows. Faculty research is primarily supported through database searches and interlibrary loan services.

Library materials will be acquired under the following priorities:

  • Materials to support the current teaching program of the College.
  • General reference works and works in fields not directly related to College programs but which are of such importance that they belong in any respectable scholarly library.
  • Materials to support the faculty's research needs and assist administrative personnel in effectively performing their duties.
  • Materials to support cooperative programs with other libraries or academic institutions.
  • Materials to form a foundation collection in support of anticipated programs of the College and appropriate varieties of recreational materials, as funds permit.

Library materials will be acquired according to the following criteria:

  • Lasting value of the content 
  • Appropriateness of level of treatment
  • Strength of current holdings in same or similar subject areas
  • Demand, as determined by factors such as circulation data and interlibrary loan
  • Requests for material on the same or similar subjects
  • Cost
  • Suitability of format to content
  • Authority of author
  • Reputation of publisher or source
  • Reviews in subject-specific and standard library reviewing sources

Acquisition Practices


Faculty, staff, administration, and students are encouraged to suggest items for purchase. The library director has the final decision on purchases, which will be made through approved library vendors. When selecting materials for acquisition, the library considers audience, reviews, cost, subject balance, and representation of diverse viewpoints.

Gifts in Kind

Items given to the library are added to the collection at the discretion of the library staff. Gifts will be acknowledged upon request but not evaluated or enumerated. Items not selected for inclusion in the collection may be offered to other libraries or sold in our book sales. The library only accepts unconditional gifts. See our Donations Policy for more. Donors are asked to complete a Deed of Gift form when donating materials.

Cooperative Agreements/Interlibrary Loan

The Corette Library participates in interlibrary loan systems and the Montana Academic and Tribal Library consortium to increase the number of resources available. The library also has access to OCLC, NNLM Docline, and other holding lists. The Library also coordinates with other libraries in Helena through formal and informal collection management agreements. 


The Corette Library seeks out new and innovative services to meet the community's changing needs. The library considers information in any appropriate format, except computer software and textbooks. When software is requested for purchase, the request is forwarded to the IT or Academic Technology for consideration. Textbooks may be acquired based on faculty recommendations and when the textbook is the best or only acceptable source of information. 

Our current collection includes: monographs (print and online), periodicals (print and online), video recordings (DVDs and streaming videos), and subscriptions to online resources.

Open Access Resources

Corette Library is committed to the principles of open access, as outlined in the IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. Library resources include open-access materials to support the educational and research goals of the college. In selecting what open-access resources to include in Saints Search, we follow the same criteria outlined in the “Collection Growth” section above. 


The Library collects materials in foreign languages as needed to support the foreign languages department and other campus curricula. 

Collection Management


The retention period for items in the collection varies from subject to subject. For example, theological material is held indefinitely, while items related to health are generally held 5 years. Classic works and items listed in anthologies, indices, etc., are retained indefinitely. 

The library uses various bibliographic tools in discarding materials. The library involves faculty in the process. Some of the items considered for discard are out-of-date materials, unnecessary duplicates, materials in poor physical condition or materials no longer relevant to the curriculum. The staff will consider replacing out-of-date items and items in poor physical condition. 


In case of a complaint, the complainant is referred to the library director. A written complaint must be submitted in order for the Library to consider the objection. Before submitting a written complaint, a complainant must read/listen/view the entire work in question. In addition, the written complaint must include the name and address of the complainant, a description of the work in question, and the nature of the grievance.

A review committee will be convened to will examine the item in question. Published reviews will be examined; the item will be read/listened/viewed individually by staff members. The complaint and staff recommendation will be given to the library committee. After reviewing the material, a decision will be made to retain or discard the item. Decisions will be based upon the collection development policy as a whole.

Faculty may request items be placed on reserve for students in their class to use. Reserve materials are available for checkout at the Front Desk. To request materials, students will need to know the professor’s name, course, and the item they would like. 

We do not purchase textbooks for reserves.

Completing and Submitting Reserve Requests

Please complete the Reserve Request Form for EACH item (hard copies are available at the Circulation Desk). Be sure to:

  • Include the call number of the books and DVDs you want (Use Saints Search to see if we have the materials)
  • Fill out a Purchase Request Form for items you would like the Library to buy.
  • Submit the completed Reserve form via email to or give a hard copy to a Librarian.
  • Drop off any personal or non-library items you want on reserve.


Library staff process reserve requests as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours), but may not be able to do so quickly during peak times, such as the beginning of each semester, during midterms, and during finals.

Removing Reserve Materials

For Library materials, please email the Library at You may pick up personal and departmental items at the front desk. 

Copyright Restrictions

The Corette Library adheres to copyright guidelines. While we are not able to offer legal advice, the Library staff are able to offer guidance and suggestions for complying with copyright, and can help purchase copyright clearance to create photocopies.

As a general rule, we can place a single photocopy of a small section of a book on reserve for one semester. After that, we need to either purchase the book or seek copyright clearance to create photocopies of the item. In some cases, it is less expensive for us to purchase the book than seek clearance for photocopies. We usually prefer the more economic option. 

You will be contacted as soon as a violation is noticed. We will work with you to resolve this issue, which may include purchasing rights to an article, buying the book a chapter is from, etc. 

Other Policies and Information

Retrieval of Personal and Non-Library Items

Corette Library does not have the facilities to catalog, store, and keep track of personal or department-owned items. Personal and department-owned reserve items must be picked up at the end of every semester.

Copy Services

The Corette Library and Simperman Learning Commons do not have an in-house copy service. Instructors may make their own photocopies using the library copier or use campus Copy & Print Services at the Bookstore in the Campus Center (CUBE).

Non-Library Materials

To keep track of reserve items, it is necessary for us to attach stickers to your items. We choose stickers that are designed to be removable with little residue left over.

The Corette Library is not responsible if students damage your personal or department-owned items. This includes writing in them.

Course Reserves Contacts

The library staff processes all course reserves. To submit course reserve forms, request rush processing, or ask questions regarding course reserves, please contact the library staff at or 406-447-4340.

The Corette Library is grateful for all offers of support. To make a financial contribution to the Corette Library, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement. 

We welcome donations of 

  • Materials relevant to the current Carroll College curriculum
  • Archival materials (e.g., Rare books, manuscripts, photographs, or papers) related to Carroll College

Please note that 

  • All donations are considered outright and unconditional gifts to be used at the Library’s discretion. A gift to the Library may not be reclaimed by the donor or their heirs.
  • The Library reserves the right to determine the retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to the use or disposition of all gifts.
  • All gifts to the Library may be used, sold, or disposed of in the best interest of the Library. Acceptance of a gift is not a commitment that the Library will permanently retain the donated item.
  • The Library cannot assess the value of a donation. Appraisals of items for tax deduction purposes must be secured independently by the donor.

We are unable to accept 

  • Photocopies
  • Items in poor condition
  • Outdated or superseded textbooks or science books
  • Artifacts, art, or other non-book or archival materials not related to Carroll College

Revised October 2021

General Practice

Semester Hours

Our hours are:
          Monday – Thursday: 7:45am – 10:00pm
          Friday: 7:45am – 4:30pm
          Saturday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
          Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

  • We are closed on Saturday and Sunday for the first two weeks of the semester.
  • We are closed for Monday and Campus holidays.

Finals Week Hours

When we are fully staffed, finals weekday hours are extended to 7:45am to midnight during finals week. 

Hours during Breaks

During breaks, our hours are: Monday - Friday: 7:45am – 4:30pm

Procedures for Setting and Approving Hours

  • The Library Director, with input from the Library staff, drafts hours for the semester and breaks.
  • The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs approves the hours.

Procedures for Posting and Announcing Hours

Notify the following individuals or offices of hours and changes to hours:

  • Facilities (Dan Byrd) – Facilities will set the card-swipe access
  • Security (Jason Grimmis)
  • Securitas – It is helpful for them to know our hours
  • Students - complete an  Event and Advertisement Form Request a TV slide and that the hours be included in campus-wide email announcements and in the Campus Life app in Okta.
  • Faculty - via email

Hours and Building Usage

Classes cannot be held in Library classrooms when the Library is closed. 

All current students, faculty and staff of Carroll College may use ILL services for free. Interlibrary loan services are not available to non-Carroll users. Please contact your local public library for interlibrary loan assistance.

What can I request through ILL?

Books, articles, dissertations, and book chapters are the most commonly requested items. Many libraries do not lend audiovisual materials, rare books, reference books, archival materials, or textbooks. We will, however, do our best to fulfill your request. Please note that we generally do not request the following items via ILL:

  • Items available in full text in our databases
  • Materials not related to research, such as textbooks

Placing an ILL Request or Renewal Request

ILL Requests

There are two ways to place ILL Requests:

  • If you find an item you need in Saints Search that Carroll College does not own, click the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” link, log into Tipasa via Okta, verify the information, add “needed before date,” and submit.
  • If you have a citation for an item Carroll College does not own, log into Tipasa to place the request.

ILL Renewals

To renew an item:

  1. Log in to your Tipasa account
  2. Click “Checked Out/Renew Items” (Under “View” in the left hand navigational menu)
  3. Click on the transaction number of the item you would like to renew
  4. Click “Renew Request”
  5. Check back to see if your request has been approved

Please place renewal requests before the due date. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution; some libraries will not allow renewals, or cannot renew because someone at their institution needs the item. Please return the item by the original due date if a renewal is not granted.

Receiving and Returning Materials

  • You will receive an email when your item(s) arrive.
    • Articles are usually sent to the email address you provided when completing the ILL form.
    • Books, periodicals, and other print materials may be picked up at the Corette Library circulation desk.
    • Items not picked up are subject to a handling fee of no more than $8.00.
  • Please return materials, including paperwork, to a library staff member by the due date.

We cannot guarantee the arrival date of an item. The time it takes to receive ILL materials is variable, due to factors such as the processing time of lending libraries, the distance of a lending library, shipping delays, etc.

Copyright Restrictions

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Fees and Fines

Most ILL materials are free. Occasionally, lending libraries charge additional fees. In these cases, Corette Library may ask you to absorb part of the cost. Corette Library will never accept charges on your behalf without your prior agreement.


  • Overdue ILL materials: $1.00 per item per day.
  • Handling fee (no more than $8.00 per item): This applies to items that are requested, but not picked up.
  • Lost or damaged items: We will charge you whatever the lending library deems appropriate, in addition to any fines you have accrued for the item. Fees are dependent upon the lending institution—some libraries charge flat rates, some charge replacement costs and processing fees.

Fines for returned items totaling over $5.00 will be sent to the Business Office at the end of each semester. If your fines for returned items total under $10.00 at the end of the academic year, they will be forgiven. We cannot forgive fines for items that have not been returned.


Email questions about interlibrary loan to

Please read the instructions below in their entirety.  Failure to follow the submission instructions correctly may delay acceptance of your thesis.

General Information

Students writing the thesis: you are required to grant Carroll College perpetual non-exclusive right to reproduce, copy, and distribute your thesis at the time of filing.

All required forms are located in MyCarroll under the Academic Documents area.

Due Date

December 1 (for fall semester graduates) and May 1 (for spring semester graduates) are the deadlines for submission of a Senior Thesis to the library.  Submissions must conform to the formatting guidelines listed below (including document margins).

The Library will need 3 completed documents (see A,B,C below) in order for your thesis to be accepted: 

A. Senior Theses are to be delivered to the library electronically by submitting a PDF file with "Thesis" and student's name in the subject line to by the deadline. In order to be accepted, a thesis must comply with the formatting requirements (see below) and include the following elements in a single PDF file:

  1. a title page including the author's name
  2. an abstract
  3. the thesis itself

B. In addition to the thesis, you must also include a PDF of the completed Reader Signature Form ("signature form instructions") with your submission to in order to receive approval for your thesis.  (This form shows that your readers approve your thesis).

C. You must also complete a departmental Final Approval Form (see "final approval form instructions" below) in addition to sending the signature form (B above). (This form shows that your department approves your thesis).

Thesis Formatting Requirements

  1. Top and bottom margins must be one (1) inch; left and right margins must be one and one-quarter (1.25) inches.
  2. Pages should be numbered.
  3. The thesis itself should be saved directly into electronic PDF format from your word processor (i.e. Microsoft Word). Scans of entire theses made from a physical printout will not be accepted (however, scans of any drawings, images, figures, or graphs are accepted; these must be merged into the PDF document in the correct order).
  4. The thesis must include an abstract (<250 words).
  5. The thesis should be formatted correctly according to your style manual.   Students should check with their directors regarding their department's required style manual.  
  6. Any drawings, figures, photographs, and audio files are acceptable.  Video files are also accepted; please see the Library staff in advance if your thesis includes a video file, so that we may make necessary accommodations.  
  7. Any scanned elements (including images) must be made using a high resolution, e.g. 300 dpi. 

Signature Form instructions

Student Begins the Process

  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta
  2. Navigate to the Signature form under Students->Senior Thesis  (
  3. Page 1: Fill in the necessary fields (thesis title, select readers and director)
  4. Page 2: Page 2 contains the unsigned fields for readers and directors (students cannot make changes to the signature fields)
  5. Scroll to the bottom and Save
  6. Upon submission, email notifications will be sent to your Director and Readers, prompting them to login and complete their signatures.

Director/Readers Sign

  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta
  2. Click the link provided in the notification email you received from your senior student
  3. Go to Page 2 of the form and complete your signature
  4. Save the submission.

Student Verifies Signatures

Students can check to see if their submissions have been signed by their Readers/Director.

  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta  
  2. Go to My Account ->Submissions (all webform submission created by the student will be located here)
  3. Find the signature page submission, click on it to view
  4. When your readers/director have signed, there will be a green check mark next to the names that have completed their signatures.

Once all the signatures have been completed, the student can print their submission to PDF.

Student: Print Submission to PDF

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above ( under Student Verifies Signatures)
  2. Find your signature page submission and click to view it
  3. Print the page, and select "Print to PDF" (how to here)
  4. Include the PDF signature page with your thesis submission email to the library
  5. Next, work on the departmental Final Approval Form (instructions below)

Final Approval Form Instructions

Once you have submitted your thesis to the library according to the instructions above, you are required to fill out a departmental final approval form online.

Student (kicks off final approval process):

  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta
  2. Navigate to Students -> Student Thesis -> Final Approval Form: 
  3. Complete all the required fields and submit the form
    1. Student: receives confirmation email 
    2. Director: receives notice to complete their signature on the director signature form  


  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta
  2. Director clicks the 'LOGIN TO SIGN' link in the notification email they received from the student (see above director email notification above)
  3. The Director Signature form will be prefilled with all fields except the director's signature field on page 2
  4. Click Next Page
  5. Sign the form and Submit
  6. Email Notifications will be sent to:
    1. Student: receives confirmation that the director has completed their signature 
    2. Dept Head: receives notice to complete the dept head signature form 

Dept Head

  1. Login to MyCarroll via Okta
  2. Dept Head clicks the 'LOGIN TO SIGN' link in the notification email they received from the director (see above dept head email notification above)
  3. Like the Director Signature, the Dept Head Signature form will be prefilled with all fields except the dept head signature field on page 2
  4. Dept Head completes the signature field and clicks Submit
  5. Email notifications are sent to:
    1. Student: receives confirmation that the dept head has completed their signature
    2. Library: receives notice to complete the librarian signature form

Library Approval Process

The student will be notified by email when the Library has reviewed and approved the PDF file.  The Library Staff will notify the Office of the Registrar in order for the student to receive credit for the thesis.

Copies of the Senior theses will be stored solely in electronic format and are publicly accessible from the college's institutional repository, Carroll Scholars.