Student & Alumni policies

Meyer Library circulation desk

Student Library Cards

New students can register for library privileges as soon as they get their CCA ID card. You must present your CCA ID card when checking out materials.

Students may checkout:

  • Books for 14 days
  • Videos and magazines for 7 days
  • Reserve items for 2-3 hours or 2 days
  • Materials Library Samples for 7 days

Checkout limits:

  • Undergraduates: 15 items
  • Graduates: 20 items
  • Videos and magazines: 5 out a time
  • Reserves: 2 at a time, no renewals
  • Materials Library Samples: 3 items

Patrons may renew most checked-out materials within 4 days of the due date. Items with holds may not be renewed.

Patrons may request most library materials to be sent from one campus library to the other, in addition to returning checked out material to either campus. The requests, or holds, can be placed from the online catalog and will be held for pickup at the circulation desk for up to 2 weeks.

Patrons may elect to use this procedure to schedule a "contactless" doorway checkout.

Hold limits:

  • Undergraduates: 6 at a time
  • Graduates: 10 at a time

It is each borrower's responsibility to know and honor due dates. Patrons will be charged late fines or fees for overdue materials. Borrowers are responsible for the replacement of items lost or damaged due to negligence.

Lost or damaged items will be charged a replacement fee equal to the the current cost of the item, a $20 processing fee, as well as accrued fines.

Inter-library loan materials may accrue additional fees if significantly overdue, damaged, or lost.

Scanning and Copying

The libraries are offering limited scanning services to students. Please email us with the book or article title you need scanned, including page numbers.

Pre-College & non-degree student privileges

Pre-College students have special privileges and may borrow up to five books and videos. All items are due on the Friday before the session ends. Non-degree students who are enrolled in one or more CCA course for credit, including those in fellows and certificate programs, have the same privileges as full-time students.

CCA Extension student privileges

CCA Extension students who are not enrolled in a CCA degree program or a CCA course for credit do not have library borrowing privileges, but they are welcome to use library resources and services on-site. This includes students in Summer Atelier and Young Artists Studio.

San Francisco Public Libraries

The San Francisco Public Library offers free library cards to California residents, giving access to academic databases, historical newspapers, and broad general interest collections. The San Francisco History Center contains maps and historic photographs of the City.

A card from SFPL also allows you to borrow books from participating libraries around California and Nevada.

Alumni Library Cards

Per CCA policy, campus access continues to be restricted to current students, faculty, and staff for the start of the Fall '21 semester.

Alumni will not be able to check out books or register for library cards until the campuses reopen to alumni. Exceptions may be made for recent graduates for curbside pickups or returns. Please email us to schedule any library appointments.

All alumni from the classes of 2019-2021 will receive a free year of alumni privileges once the campuses reopen to alumni.