Access and Service Policies
Government Documents Department
The Linus A. Sims Memorial Library is a depository for both federal and Louisiana state government publications. As such, the Library is required by law to provide free public access to materials in the depository collections. (Title 44, section 1911 of the United States Code requires Federal Depository Libraries to make documents "available for the free use of the general public." Title 25, section 124.1 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes requires State Depository Libraries to "make public documents accessible to the public, and to render free service in their use.")
Depository items received by the Library are housed in areas throughout the building. Any member of the public may access the materials during the hours that the Library is open. In accordance with Library policy, persons under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by an adult in order to utilize depository materials.
Some materials are designated as circulating and may be checked out by any person
with a valid Southeastern ID, by anyone who has purchased a Friends of the Library
card, or by validated LALINC borrowers.
Only current Southeastern faculty and staff may check out maps.
Many government publications are now available only online. Computers throughout the building offer free public access to the Internet. Due to a printing control system, Southeastern students are required to log in with their W# and password and guests are required to log in as "Guest."
Any member of the public may search the Internet on these computers during the hours that the Library is open. In accordance with Library policy, persons under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by an adult in order to search the Internet.
There is no fee for using documents, but there is a fee for copying. Photocopiers are available on most floors to make copies from print materials. Machines are available for viewing and copying microfiche and microfilm. Appropriate equipment is available to view, listen to, or search items in electronic formats.
Students are not required to pay an extra fee for printing from Library computers but guests must pay a fee of ten cents per page. Guests can purchase a print card from the Circulation Desk on the Library's first floor.