Need to Know Where to Start?
- Find a book or video — go to the Online Collection Catalog.
- Find a magazine or journal article — go to Databases.
- Find Internet research help and site guides — go to Internet Research.
- Find research tips and directions – go to Guides and Handouts. If you need help with deciding on a research topic idea — go to Topic Ideas.
- Find out about available services, checkout procedures, etc. — go to Library Services.
- Find a map of the Library & an overview of its services — go to Online Library Tour.
- Find a free workshop or credit course on library research skills — go to Library Instruction. Click on CLICS Tutorial to go directly to the Library’s Information Competency tutorial.
Library patrons (including CCC faculty and staff) need a bar-coded campus ID card for the current semester/year to check materials out of the library. Go to the Associated Students Union Office to obtain your campus ID card.
ALTERNATIVES: If a student does not have his/her student ID card at the time of checkout, the student may show a current photo ID (such as a driver’s license) PLUS a registration printout for the current semester. If the student does not have the printout or know his/her identification number, he/she will need to fill out a Student ID Number Verification Form.
Members of our local community may utilize library resources within the building, including reference assistance. Anyone wanted to borrow books for home use, may obtain borrowing privileges by joining the Friends of the Library. Please note that computer access is currently limited to one workstation; the others require login with student/employee name and ID number.
Disabled Student Services:
The Library provides specialized assistance and equipment for users who have a physical or learning disability that limits independent use of the library. See the DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES page for more information.
E-books are electronic editions of printed books. CCC owns over 5,000 electronic books, accessed via the link to “eBook Collection” on the DATABASES page (used to be named NetLibrary). These books are owned by a consortium of community college libraries in the state, so they may have limited “checkout” times; most are available for 2-day checkout, some for 7 days—or they can be read online. Viewing time is in 15-minute increments. Access from off-campus is limited to current students and college employees.
Some classes have a list of online resources to make it easier for students to do certain assignments. See the ELECTRONIC RESERVES page for links.
Legal Self-Help Collection:
The Library provides the local community with access to reference copies of the Nolo Press self-help law books, some computerized legal forms, and a list of law and legal self-help websites (select from drop-down menu on the CCC Site Guides page).
Library Privileges at CSU-East Bay:
Currently enrolled students at CCC, DVC, LMC and other Bay Area community colleges may obtain a library card to check out books from California State University, East Bay. Interested students will need to show a valid photo ID card from their community college and fill out a borrowers agreement. Books will not be sent via Interlibrary Loan – users will need to go to the CSU-East Bay Library to pick up and return books. Please note that some services may be restricted. See Library Privileges for CSU-East Bay for more information.
The Library provides audiovisual equipment for instructor use in the classrooms and maintains the instructional Media Lab where students may use videos and other non-print programs as directed by their instructors and/or research needs. See the MEDIA SERVICES page for more information.
The Library has digital rights to selected titles in its media collection. Click on Online Video Collections to see a list; note that off-campus users will be prompted to input their last name and student or employee ID number for authentication.
Librarians are available at the Reference Desk during the Library’s open hours They have expertise in research techniques, database searching and information sources; consult them when you need help. Some question may be answered over the phone; others may require in-person assistance. 510-215-4897.
See the Contra Costa College Library’s list of online reference sources on the CCC Site Guides page (choose Reference Shelf from the drop-down menu) for links to full-text quick-reference sources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, conversion tables, zip code directory, etc. If you can’t find what you need, use a search tool (such as Google) or consult a reference librarian.
Materials that document the history of the college are housed in L-119 (one of the group study rooms).
The Library provides access to the Internet (including wireless), email, word-processing, spreadsheets, and other basic software in the Information Commons (in the main area) and the LISC Computer Lab. Priority use of the computers goes to students doing library research and school-related assignments. Some uses are not permitted; see Computer Use Policies for more information.
Open lab hours in the LISC lab and other campus computer labs are on the Campus Computer Labs list. Please be aware that the LISC may be closed periodically for library orientations or other workshops.
Group Study Rooms:
There are 6 study rooms for groups of 3 – 8 students (rooms are different sizes). Schedule their use at the Reference Desk; please note that you may not schedule a group room for more than 3 hours per day or more than 3 times per week. You may check out erasers, chalk and dry erase markers from the Circulation Desk.A reservation will be cancelled if at least 3 members of a group have not appeared within the first 15 minutes of a scheduled start time. If your group is not going to use its reservation, please notify the Reference Desk 510-215-4897. A group that routinely fails to show up for its reservations may lose the privilege to make reservations.Just as in the rest of the Library, no food or drinks are allowed, except for CLEAR water in screw-top bottles.
The group rooms are to be used for studying only. They may not be used for tutoring, by clubs/organizations, or by faculty and staff for conferences or meetings. All tutors are encouraged to use the College Skills Center (just down the hall). See the policy sheet for more information.
Microform Reader/Printers (coin-operated)
Photocopiers: coin- or card-operated; 15 cents/page if use coin, 12 cents/page if use card.
Printing: card-operated; black & white 12 cents/page; color 35 cents/page. Remote printing is available from a laptop, home computer or mobile device; See remote printing directions for more information.
Quiet Study Room:
This room is ONLY for the use of individuals who need a quiet place to study.
Circulation Desk 510-215-4921
Library Coordinator 510-215-4999
Media Lab 510-215-4919
Reference Desk 510-215-4897