Exam Proctoring


The Reference Department of the Alameda Free Library provides proctoring services for written, open book examinations and certain online examinations. We are pleased to offer these services to distance learners as part of our commitment to the lifelong learning and continuing education needs of the community. Services are offered under the following guidelines:

  • Proctoring is only offered at the Main Library
  • The exam must be an open book exam 
  • Any professional librarian on duty at the time the student comes in may proctor the exam 
  • We can only proctor online exams on a limited basis.
    Students may use their personal laptops

The library will:

  • Receive a printed copy of the exam by U. S. mail, courier or email
  • Verify the student’s identification at the time of the test 
  • Provide a place near the Reference Desk to take the exam 
  • Record the time the student begins and finishes the exam 
  • Certify that the exam has been monitored under these conditions

The student is responsible for:

  • Contacting the library to arrange a time to take the exam
  • Providing a return envelope and postage for returning the exam

The library is unable to:

  • Accept exams by fax
  • Return exams by fax or email 
  • Return exams by FedEx, unless the student arranges for a pick up at the Library 
  • Monitor closed book exams 
  • Ensure a quiet testing area 
  • Check on student activity during the exam process 
  • Maintain time control over segments of a test 
  • Keep any exam left at the library longer than one month

To set up an appointment or for further information, please call the Reference Department at (510) 747-7713 during library open hours.