Library - About The 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.
- Organize, maintain and expand access to information resources.
- Provide information-seeking, critical analysis skills to all students so that they become proficient users of information and information technology
- Make the Library an inviting, student-oriented place to work and learn
- Maintain a technical infrastructure that will support access requirements of students, faculty and staff
- Develop a human resources infrastructure in the LAMC Library to ensure effective functioning in the rapidly evolving information environment
Library materials are acquired with the guidance of the collection development plan.
LIBRARY Service Area Outcomes (SAO)
- The library has books that are current and useful for class assignments.
- Students are served by knowledgeable and helpful staff.
- Students utilize and are satisfied with library resources and services.
- Faculty engages with librarians on course and assignment resources.
The Library owns more than 50,000 print books, 300,000 e-books, 400 reference e-books, and subscribes to 35 databases for periodical, journal and encyclopedia articles. The Library's electronic catalog and digital resources are available from the Library home page.
Books are located 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.
Guides to Library of Congress call numbers can be found here:
To find items other than books, see the Library Resources page or consult with a reference librarian.
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.
Requesting a Book
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.
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.
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.
... is not allowed in the Library.
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.