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Resources for ESL and ELS Students

This research guide provides helpful information and tips for your time here at Florida Tech.

Getting and Using a Library Card

A library card is required if you wish to borrow library materials. You may obtain a library card in the follow ways:

Florida Tech students currently registered for classes: Your student ID also acts as your library card. Make sure you bring it with you when visiting the library!

ELS students: Please bring your ELS ID to the Service Desk on the first floor. We will make a library card for you.


Borrower Categoies Loan Period Number of Items

Florida Tech Undergraduate Student

14 days 20 items
Florida Tech Graduate Student 30 days 30 items
Florida Tech Community (ELS) 10 days 10 items


During library hours, all books should be returned to the book-drop at the Service Desk (on the first floor of the Library). After hours, books may be returned to the library book-drop, located in the Babcock Street parking area and also by the south-west Library entrance. DVDs, CDs, diskettes, microfiche, videotapes, other forms of media, and Interlibrary loan items must be returned to the Service Desk.

Items can be renewed if they are not on hold for another patron or needed for the Reserve Collection. Items may be renewed at the Service Desk, via telephone, or online provided the item is NOT overdue. A patron is allowed a maximum of 4 renewals and items must be returned after this time. Any renewals beyond the maximum of 4 is at the discretion of the Service Desk staff.

Library patrons are responsible for returning materials on time. Receipts provided at the time of check-out indicate the due date. The Library is not obligated to send overdue notices, but does so as a courtesy. Patrons must inform the Library of changes in address and other contact information.


Non-Reserve Materials

1-30 days overdue:  $.25 per item per day

Over 30 days overdue: $25 processing fee plus replacement cost.

Reserves Materials

$1.00 per item per hour for reserve materials

The borrower will be charged a processing fee of $25 and the replacement cost for lost or damaged materials. A hold will be placed on the student account (preventing registration, graduation, and sending of transcripts) for any unfulfilled library obligation.

The Reserve section of the Service Desk contains a collection of government documents, school catalogs, disks, textbooks, class supplements, Brevard and Indian River County topographical maps, instructors' personal files, books, supplies, and other materials that are in high demand.

Items in Reserves are for use in the Library and may be checked out for two-hour periods. Shortened loan period may be imposed during periods of high demand. Instructors’ Reserves and Library Reserve materials may not leave the Library. Videotapes may be checked out for one week.

In most cases, only one Reserve item may be checked out at one time. If the patron intends to make copies, then any two folders and/or notebooks containing an instructor's photocopies may be checked out. If two individual items must be used in conjunction, then the items may be checked out together, i.e. a solution manual and textbook.

All items are subject to recall for placement in the Reserve Collection. Recalls for Reserve materials are effective immediately.

Patrons may place routine holds on materials that are currently in use by other patrons. This can be done in writing or electronically through the Catalog.

Service Desk: (321) 674-8086


Services Available


The public access computers in the Evans Library are available for scholarly research and educational purposes only. They can be found on the first floor of the library. Florida Tech students may log in with their TRACKS account, while ELS students may request a temporary password at the Service Desk. The Applied Computing Center is also available on the second floor.



Printing, Copying, and Scanning

Printing and self-serve copying are available for $0.10 per page (black and white), while color printing is available in the Applied Computing Center on the second floor for $0.40 a page. Printing and copying may only be paid for using a Florida Tech ID or a public printing card.If you do not have a Florida Tech ID, you may purchase a printing card at the Service Desk for $1. Cash deposits to both cards can be made in the copy room on the first floor of the library, across from the stairwell. In addition to cash deposits, students, staff, and faculty may use a credit or debit card to add Panther Cash to their ID cards via the Campus Services Panther Access Account Deposits site.

Scanning is a free service offered by Evans Library. Two KIC scanners are available on the first floor near the Service Desk. Patrons may email scanned documents to themselves, or save documents to a USB storage device. Documents may be scanned in .pdf, .jpeg, or .png formats.

How to read a call number

Watch the video below to get an overview of how to find books at the Evans Library.