- Community Cards
As has been repeatedly reported in the Because You Asked blog and elsewhere, City Manager Jim Spore feels stongly that employees should not receive any discounts that our citizens cannot receive as well. Therefore, non-resident staff members wishing to checkout VBPL materials or downloadables will need to purchase a non-resident card or use an agency card if the use is work-related. To reiterate, if a non-resident staff member has a TCC Community Card, they will only be able to checkout TCC owned materials at a TCC campus library and, even then, there are constraints on how the card may be used.
Additionally, Tidewater Community College has a policy (Number 5302) which prioritizes use of the library. At the Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake campus libraries, the College community has first priority for library services, resources and facilities in order to support their instruction, research, and study needs. Priority use of library computers is reserved for members of the College community engaged in education-related activities. The Library staff may ask a patron, who is not using the computer for educational purposes, to surrender the computer and Community Card holders are limited to one hour of use per day. Tables, study carrels, study rooms, equipment and services may be reserved for use only by members of the College community. The College may limit the number of community patrons in the building and may require that they present a government-issued photo identification to be in the building. Finally, children under the age of 16, who are not currently enrolled students, must in the company of and under the supervision of an adult while in the library.
In the spirit of seamless service, and the desire to provide reciprocity, the majority of these policy statements do not apply to the Virginia Beach Joint Use Library. All customers/patrons shall be permitted to use the computers two hours per day; all customers/patrons have access to study areas, rooms, tables, etc. Only children under the age of 12 must in the the company of an adult as long as they are well-behaved and are involved in the appropriate activity. TCC may revoke the library privileges of any patron (at any TCC library, including the JUL) who refused to present a TCC identification card or that of another VTC (Virginia Tidewater Consortium) institution, a Virginia Beach Public Library card, or a government-issued photo identification to library staff or campus security personnel if requested.