Library - About The Library
Library Mission Statement
The mission of LAMC Library is to provide our students, staff and faculty with access to organized collections and information, to support instruction, and in collaboration with other academic programs, to encourage and facilitate information competency and critical thinking skills in all students.
Library Service Area Outcomes
- The library provides a print and electronic collection that is current and useful for class assignments.
- Students are served by knowledgeable and helpful librarians and staff.
- Students utilize and are satisfied with library resources and services.
- Faculty collaborate with librarians on course and assignment resources.
Library code of conduct
Visitors may NOT:
- TALK on CELL PHONES
- EAT or DRINK (except capped water bottles)
- SLEEP (Sleeping by students beyond the usual short study nap is discouraged in the library. Community users are reminded that the library is open for research purposes, and sleeping is not allowed.)
- Leave CHILDREN unattended or allow children to engage in disruptive behavior.
- Have LOUD conversations.
- Use INAPPROPRIATE, ABUSIVE, THREATENING, or INSULTING LANGUAGE.
- HARRASS other patrons or library personnel.
- Be DRUNK, DISORDERLY, or engage in DISRUPTIVE or ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR.
- OBSTRUCT AISLES with belongings or leave belongings or packages unattended.
- Have very LARGE BAGS in the library. These must be left outside the building, and the library assumes no responsibility for them.
- Bring BICYCLES into the library.
- Use SKATES or SKATEBOARDS in the library.
- Bring ANIMALS into the building (except service animals).
- LOITER or SOLICIT.
- Have offensive BODY ODOR leading to complaints from other library users and/or staff.
- Enter the library with bare feet, without a shirt, or clothing that results in excessive exposure.
- Patrons must allow staff to search their belongings if they have set off the security alarm when attempting to exit or if staff have any reason to suspect they may have library items that were not properly checked out.
THE VIOLATION OF ANY ONE OF THESE RULES MAY SUBJECT THE INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED TO EXCLUSION FROM THE LIBRARY.
The Library collection includes more than 50,000 print books, 350,000 e-books (Ebsco e-books) and 1,500 reference e-books (Gale Virtual Reference Library). Newspaper, magazine and journal articles, and other resources, can be found at the Library Resources page.
Print books can be found using the catalog, and are in the following locations:
- Main Stacks: sorted by Library of Congress call numbers;
- Oversize: LC call number is preceded by an asterisk (*);
- Children's Literature: LC call number is preceded by an "X";
- Basic Skills: LC call number is preceded by a number sign (#);
- Paperback: sorted alphabetically by author's last name.
- Reserves: for 2-hour library use. Ask for them by title at the circulation counter.
Guides to Library of Congress call numbers can be found here: http://library.ucr.edu/?view=help/guides/callnumbers.html
If you would like the Library to consider acquiring a book, please use the Book Request Form. The library will not purchase items that are owned and currently checked out. We cannot guarantee that all items will be purchased nor can we guarantee how long an item will take to acquire. Library materials are acquired with the guidance of the collection development plan.
Book returns are located on the walkway outside the front entrance of the Instructional Building and in front of the Library on Hubbard Street so you can return books after-hours. There is a book drop at the Circulation counter, and another two just outside the doors to the Library.
Only currently employed faculty/staff and currently registered students are eligible to borrow materials. Your campus I.D. card is your library card. You must have it, or a picture ID and your student ID number, with you when you want to borrow materials.
Loan Periods and Renewals
Most material can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time, and can be renewed a maximum of 2 times. Renewals can be made over the telephone by calling Circulation at (818) 364-7600, x7106.
A maximum of 10 books can be checked out. Unreturned books will result in a block placed on registration. In addition to the cost of the book, there is a $10 processing fee.
Currently registered students from any LACCD campus can borrow regular circulating materials from any LACCD campus library. Students wanting books from other campus libraries can either do an ILL request at the reference desk, or go directly to the campus library they want to borrow from. Students must abide by the loan policies of the campus library they are borrowing from. This means:
- Fines and fees incurred by students must be paid at the library the items were borrowed from.
- Materials must be returned in person to the campus from which they were borrowed. If materials are accidentally returned to the wrong library, the patron will be contacted to retrieve the book and return it to the correct library.
- Reserve items cannot be checked out.
Copying Machines / Printers
Debit card and coin-operated copiers and printers are located in the Library for student use at 10 cents a page. Microfilm readers also make copies at 10 cents a copy. Debit cards cost $1 and come without funds; each $1 will provide 10 prints.
Lost and Found
Found items should be returned to the Circulation counter. Items are periodically taken to Campus Security.
Computers are available for research and include Internet access and Microsoft Office programs. Wireless access for equipped laptops is available to students and guests; if you are a guest, please see the Reference librarian to log into the network. Instructions for wireless connection with a PC are here.
Laptop computers are available for student use in the library for two hours. Please ask for assistance at the circulation desk. Borrower responsibilities are described here: laptop_borrowers_agreement_2-4-13.docx
Several study rooms are available for student use. Groups have priority over individuals, and rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis--no reservations.