About the Library
Library Mission Statement
The mission of LAMC Library is to provide our students, staff and faculty 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:
- Engage in DISRUPTIVE behavior (viewing obscene or pornographic material, having loud conversations or cell phone alerts, offensive body odor, etc).
- 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.
- OBSTRUCT AISLES with belongings or leave belongings or packages unattended.
- Bring LARGE BAGS into the library.
- Bring BICYCLES into the library.
- Bring ANIMALS into the library (except service animals).
- LOITER or SOLICIT.
- 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.
Computers are available for research and include Internet access and Microsoft Office programs. Wireless access for equipped laptops is available to students and guests.
Visitors can only:
- Use computers for college-related activities, such as enrollment or financial aid application
- Use the computer for no more than 1 hour daily.
District Administrative Regulation B-27, in part: “The Los Angeles Community College District provides computers, networks and computerized records (“computing facilities”), for use by students, faculty, staff and administrators. These resources are intended to facilitate education, research, academic development and service to the public. Each individual user of these facilities (“user”) is expected to exercise responsibility, use computing resources ethically and respect the rights and privacy of others.”
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 Databases 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 (*); taller than 28 cm.
- 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.
- Reference: sorted by Library of Congress call numbers; library use only.
Guides to Library of Congress call numbers can be found here: https://www.usg.edu/galileo/skills/unit03/libraries03_04.phtml
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.
An after-hour book return is located in front of the Library on Hubbard Street. 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 28 days at a time, and cannot be renewed.
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.
If a book or other item is currently checked out, patrons may place a hold on the item using the place hold feature in the book catalog. Once the item has been returned to the library, the library staff will call you to let you know the item is ready for pick-up. You have three days from the phone call to pick up the item. Please note that holds cannot be placed on Reserve Items.
Students not wanting to travel to a sister campus library may borrow books through an intralibrary loan request. A maximum of two books per library may be borrowed at one time. Books are checked out for 28 days, with no renewals. Requests may not be placed for reserve books, reference books or audio-video materials. Please see the reference librarian for assistance with placing a request. Mission College has no other borrowing agreements with other libraries.
- Fines and fees incurred by students must be paid at the library the items were borrowed from.
- Reserve items cannot be checked out.
Copying Machines / Printers
Students must visit the Business Office in order to load funds to their student print account. Account-operated copiers/printers are located in the Library for student use at 10 cents a page. Color printing is available for 40 cents a page.
Wireless printing is available by clicking here.
Lost and Found
Found items should be returned to the Circulation counter. Items are periodically taken to Campus Security.
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.