• How do you print in the Library?

    To print, you must purchase a print card. See below

    Our print card can be purchased from one of the print card dispensers located in the Library. Each print card is $1.00. When you purchase a print card, it is blank. You will need to bring $2.00 with you to purchase a card and to add credit to the card.

  • Does the print card dispenser take change?

    The print card dispenser only accepts bills. Please bring correct change with you. The Library is not able to provide change.

    Black and white copies are 10¢ a page. Color copies are 25¢ a page. To use the black and white copier, it is 15¢ a page.

  • Can I get a refund of the balance on my print card?

    The Library does not provide refunds on balances on your print card. Please be mindful of the amount of credit you place on your print card.

  • When is Freshman Library Orientation (ORI 101) offered?

    The Library conducts Freshman Library Orientation (ORI 101) every Tuesday and Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters.

    Library Orientation Locations and Times

    • Bessemer Campus: 8:45 AM-10:00 AM and 5:00 PM-6:15 PM (Library Computer Lab)
    • Birmingham Campus: 12:15 PM to 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM-6:15 PM (Ebony Classroom)
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Borrowing Books and Materials
  • Who can borrow books and other materials?

    Borrowing of all Library items - books, videos, reserves, etc. - is a privilege available to all Lawson State students, faculty and staff.

  • What do I need to check out books and other materials?

    You need your current Student Photo ID to check out books and other materials. Then, visit one of the Library's service desks to check out your materials.

    Other Important Information:

    If you do not have your Student Photo ID, you must go to:

    • Bessemer Campus: Bookstore Cashier’s Office
    • Birmingham Campus: Cashier’s Office.


    If you lose your Student Photo ID and someone else uses it, you are responsible for the materials checked out using your ID. If you lose your Student Photo ID, report it to the Library and the Lawson Police immediately.

  • How long is the check out period?

    Books are checked out for 2 weeks with the possibility of one renewal. DVD and other audiovisual materials are checked out for 1 week with the possibility of one renewal. Reserve materials (textbooks), Reference books, magazines, newspapers and some of our videos are for in-library use only.

    You can renew items checkout out on your card from our website using the My Account feature. If you wish to renew an item, you can bring it to one of our libraries (Birmingham or Bessemer)  or you can call Circulation Services at (205) 929-2068 (Birmingham) or (205) 929-3434 (Bessemer).

    If an item is overdue, you must bring it to one of our Libraries in-person to renew and pay any overdue fines.

  • Can I check out books through InterLibrary Loan (ILL)?

    At this time, the Lawson State Library does not does not provide Interlibrary Loan (ILL). However, at Lawson State you will need:

    1. Your current Student Photo ID to check out materials.
    2. Then, visit one of the Library's service desks to check out your materials.


  • What are reserved materials and where are they located?

    Reserves are items, including textbooks, that Lawson State instructors have placed for student use at the Circulation Desk in the Libraries. Reserve materials can include additional reading assignments, sample test questions, class notes, and other course related supplements. Reserve items are arranged by course number (located on your schedule or syllabus). You will need your Lawson State Student Photo ID Card to view any reserve materials located in the library.

    Reserve materials are checked out for two (2) hours at a time, and are "in-house-use", which means they are to be used only within the Libraries (Bessemer or Birmingham campus). Removing a reserve item from the Library will result in a student’s library privileges being blocked, i.e. the student will not be allowed access to any other reserve materials for any class for the rest of the semester.

    Any items not returned within the specified hours of checkout will result in the student being fined or charged with the replacement cost of the item.

  • Will I have fines?

    Books checked out from the circulating stacks area are fined $.25 per day to a cumulative maximum of $20.00 per book. Two (2) hour reserve materials are fined $1.00 per hour.

    Fines for reserve materials accrue even when the library is closed. If reserve materials are lost, the total cost of the materials plus a replacement fee will be charged.

  • How many items am I allowed to check out?

    You may check out up to four (4) books at one time.

  • What if I lose a book?

    If you lose any library material, you are responsible for the replacement cost and a processing fee of $5.00.

  • Where do I return items I checked out?

    Books may be returned to the staff at the Circulation Desk, or placed in the book return slot at the Circulation Desk. However, reserve materials must be physically returned to the staff at the Circulation Desk.

    Do not leave materials unattended on the counter of the Service Desk.

  • How can I renew a book?

    You may bring materials back to the library or login to your My Account online to renew them. You may renew regularly circulating items one time. Materials may be renewed by telephone.

  • To renew online, go to the library homepage.

    Your USER ID is your Lawson State College ID number. You must use a valid Lawson State College ID number to login. The PIN is generated upon request. Please go to the Circulation Desk at either Library to obtain a 4-digit PIN.

    Next, select the items you wish to renew. Once you have logged in, you may change your password, and place a hold on a book that is checked out.

    To change your password, select Edit My Account.

    NOTE: If you don't know your Lawson State ID number, or if you forget your password after you have changed it, ask at one of the Library's Service Desks.