Library Policies

Library Circulation Policy

Who Can Borrow

Staff and Center members may use the library at no charge. A valid picture ID and proof of current mailing address is required.

Library Member Information Sheet

Community Members: Non-members, including current interns/volunteers who are not members, are free to view items at the Center. The SDAC Library catalog is available online. An appointment is recommended to view items.

Loan Periods for Center Members

Books: Circulating library books may be checked out for four weeks.
Journals and Magazines: Circulation of library journals and magazines is at the discretion of the Librarian with a loan period of one week.
Monographs: Circulation of library monographs is at the discretion of the Librarian with a loan period of one week.
Archaeological Reports: Do not circulate and are only available to qualified persons having filled out a Center Access Form. To be qualified a person must meet one of the following criteria: 1) Professionals who meet the Standards of the Secretary of the Interior, upon submittal of a curriculum vita, 2) Archaeology students conducting scientific research. The Center Director has final approval.
Maps and Reference Material: Do not circulate.

Limits: There is a maximum checkout of 5 books (no more than two of one subject), 2 journals/magazines, and/or 2 monographs.
Renewals: Books may be renewed for two weeks up to two times on-line or by phone. Journals/magazines, and monographs may be renewed one time. Items on hold may not be renewed.
Holds/Recalls Items may be requested by filling out the form at the top of the catalogue search results page and checking the box next to the item(s). Holds (recalls) may be placed on materials checked out by another person. All materials are subject to recall after two weeks of use. Recalled materials may not be renewed and are subject to fines if not returned by the prescribed date. You will receive a call when the item is available for pick up. You will then have one week to pick up your item.
Overdue Fees: Library users are responsible for the timely return of library materials. Materials not renewed or returned by the due date are considered overdue. Overdue fees will be $1 per day per item. Library privileges will be suspended until the material is returned. Center members will also have member benefits suspended (i.e., no discounts on workshops, events, etc.).
Losses/Damage: If an item is lost, the borrower will be charged for the cost of replacement, plus a $25 processing fee. Users who damage materials will be charged for the cost of repair.

Photocopy Facilities

A photocopy machine is available near the library for patron use at 15¢ a copy. Copyright restrictions are observed. Library staff may restrict the copying of sensitive information, fragile materials and oversize books.

Under copyright fair use laws, patrons may make single copies for scholarly research. Teachers may also make single copies for use in teaching or class preparation. In general copies should be restricted to:

  • One chapter of a book; not the entire work
  • One article from a periodical or newspaper, not the entire issue
  • One short story, short essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work
  • One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper

See more information on copyright laws.


No smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in the library. Users are reminded to exercise care in handling library materials, especially when photocopying. Users are also asked to not use sticky notes, paper clips, or other items to mark the pages.

Library Hours and Contact

Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm. The Library is closed weekends, and Federal holidays. Appointments are recommended. Please contact the Center Librarian Suzanne Moramarco at 760-291-0370, or email at or


Exhibitions Volunteers assist with the design, construction, and installation of Center Museum exhibits.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.


With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will use photogrammetry to prepare one or more archaeological collections for digital preservation, as well as create a virtual museum exhibit for our Public Archaeology department. Per approval, special projects of the intern’s choosing are also available. During the research and planning, the intern will receive guidance as appropriate to their selected project. Prospective interns should already be familiar with photogrammetric procedures, and Agisoft Metashape.

Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.

Development and Marketing

Under the direction of Center staff, the intern will support the department in various activities, including, but not limited to, fundraising and grant research; e-newsletter development; social media marketing; and website maintenance. This internship will give the intern valuable, real-world experience in non-profit fundraising and marketing.

Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology

Prospective Interns must have completed three courses: Introduction to GIS, GIS Database Management, and Intermediate/Advanced Methods in GIS. The intern will be assigned a project where they will create shapefiles and maps for curated archaeological collections, museum exhibits, and/or public outreach using ArcGIS 10.6. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological GIS laboratory procedures such as computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and database management.

Library Science

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will arrange and catalog materials in the Center’s library. During the course of the internship, the intern will take a leading role in the cataloging, sorting and storing of research files and creating user guides for these collections. Center staff will instruct the intern on archival procedures, computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Public Archaeology

Harness your passion for Public Archaeology and gain hands-on experience with K-12 museum field trips, lectures, and public outreach. Additional projects may include creating virtual museum exhibits and activities, assisting in the development and implementation of K-12 curricula programs, planning and presenting public facing content, or educational field trip content of your own design. Must be able to pass a Live Scan.