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Policies & Services

Computer and Internet/WWW Acceptable Use Policy
Palm Beach State College provides access to computers and the Internet/World Wide Web for purposes directly related to education, in an environment…

  • Where access to the resource is shared equitably among all Palm Beach State users.
  • Which is conducive to learning.
  • Which is free of illegal or malicious acts.
  • Which shows respect for others through proper network etiquette.
It is not acceptable to use the College's computers, or Internet/WWW Access
  • For any illegal purposes.
  • To transmit information containing harassing, threatening, obscene, discriminatory, indecent, lewd or lascivious material whether by email or other internet resources.
  • To access information containing obscene, indecent, lewd or lascivious material.
  • With a login account assigned to someone else. Forgery or attempted forgery of email messages is prohibited.
  • In such a way as to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or equipment.
  • To transmit any material in violation of any U.S. or state laws or regulations such as Copyright Law including plagiarism.

By using this resource, you agree to comply with the statements above. Failure to comply might result in disciplinary action.

Circulation Desk
Check out books, reserve materials, and a variety of resources through your campus Circulation Desk:
Belle Glade Circulation: (561) 993-1150
Boca Raton (FAU) Circulation: (561) 297-6911
Lake Worth Circulation: (561) 868-3710
Palm Beach Gardens Circulation: (561) 207-5800

Library Card
Your PantherCard is your library card and allows access to photocopiers and printers.

Loan Periods
Most books may be checked out for 21 days. Some high demand items have a 7 day loan period.

Overdue Fines
Late book returns (21 day loans) are charged 10 cents per day. 7 day loan books are 25 cents per day.

Reserve Items
Textbooks or materials that have been placed at the reserve desk by an instructor may be checked out for use in the library, for a period of 2 hours. Late returns are charged $1 per hour.

Renewing Books
Most books can be renewed twice, unless there is a hold or recall on them. Renewals can be done onsite, online via MyAccount, or by calling Circulation at the phone numbers above. Interlibrary loan books must be renewed by the ILL department.

  • Onsite renewals are done at the Circulation Desk.
  • Online renewals are done using MyAccount
  • Phone renewals only apply to books from the Lake Worth Campus.

The library owns over 20,000 ebook titles that can be accessed via our catalog. A valid PantherCard number and PIN is required to read the full text of ebooks.  The PantherCard number is located on the back of the card and begins with 24901.  The PIN is your 4 digit birth month and year (MMYY).

Borrowing iPads and Laptops
Library iPad & Laptop Lending Policy

Resource Guides (LibGuides)
The library publishes a variety of resource guides for e-learners using the LibGuides service.

Research Databases
The library subscribes to a variety of electronic resources, including ebooks, ejournals, article & reference databases, image & video collections and more. Remote access is available for currently enrolled students and staff:

PantherWeb Login (Students)
Login to PantherWeb. Click the Library Quick Link

EmployeeWeb Login (Faculty & Staff)
Login to EmployeeWeb. Click Miscellaneous. Select Library from the menu

LINCCWeb Borrower ID & PIN Login (All Users)
What is my borrower ID and PIN?

Reference Services
Ask a Librarian @ Palm Beach State offers reference services via FAQ, chat, e-mail, text, fax, telephone, and on-site research consultation are via the Ask a Librarian.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan enables students to borrow materials from a resource sharing network of libraries.

Library Card
Your PantherCard is your library card.

Renewing Books
Most books can be renewed twice unless is a hold placed. Interlibrary loans must be renewed by the ILL Dept.

  • Renew books through yAccount after signing in to the library via PantherWeb, EmployeeWeb, or LINCCWeb
  • Phone renewals call Lake Worth Campus (561) 868-3710.
  • Onsite renewals are done at the Circulation desk.

American Association of Community Colleges recognizes information literacy as a core value of general education. Read the AACC position statement on information literacy. (2008)

Palm Beach State College recognizes information literacy as an institutional learning outcome.

Palm Beach State College Library Information Literacy Mission Statement (2012; amended 2016)

The Library Information Literacy Program at Palm Beach State College supports the instructional mission of the College and its General Education program. Information literacy is one of the College's general institutional learning outcomes and is rooted in "the ability to find, evaluate, organize, and use information". This definition is consistent with educational outcomes for the State of Florida and text from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016).

The Library Information Literacy Program is an integrated, outcomes-based model of instruction that incorporates different forms of instruction at selective points in a student's academic career. The intent of the program is to achieve a tiered and coordinated approach to developing information literacy skills and a framework for lifelong learning. This approach incorporates information literacy and critical thinking with writing across the curriculum.

Specifically, the mission of the Library Information Literacy Program is to create an environment which:

  • Provides formal and informal instruction to individuals and classes and mentors research skill development in person and through distance learning
  • Offers students diverse learning opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Promotes the ethical use of library and information resources in all formats
  • Collaborates with colleagues from all departments and disciplines to integrate information literacy into academic programs
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of our methods and programs on an ongoing basis, while continually updating and reviewing our own knowledge and skills
  • Assesses a student's ability to locate, evaluate, organize, and use information through formal and information library and college-wide initiatives and measurements

PBCC Library Information Literacy Statement (2006)

PBCC Information Literacy Instruction Guidelines (2003)

American Library Association offers information literacy standards for student learning, resources for professional activities, and objectives for  information literacy instruction.

Information Literacy Tutorials, Course & Tools
Research Companion (ProQuest)
On Campus | Off Campus

ProQuest's new cloud-based information literacy solution, ProQuest® Research Companion, is a one-stop resource that guides high school, community college, and university students through research projects, helping them overcome typical barriers. Easy, intuitive, and informative, ProQuest Research Companion enables students to move through projects such as research papers efficiently, generating better research outcomes and reducing frustration.

Academic Library Research Tutorial (Palm Beach State College)

Faculty Resources for Information Literacy

Assessing Student Learning

Faculty & Staff
Use the forms below to schedule library instruction sessions for your classes:
Request Library Instruction @ Belle Glade, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens campuses
Request Library Instruction @ Boca Raton Campus - FAU Library
Request a Faculty Orientation @ Boca Raton Campus - FAU Library

Use the forms below to schedule a research consultation with a librarian:
Request a Research Consultation @ Lake Worth campus
Request a Research Consultation @ Boca Raton campus - FAU Library


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