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Library Frequently Asked Questions

​For up-to-date district-wide COVID-19 information, please see this webpage​.​​​

Is the library building open?

The entire library building is open to current Santiago Canyon College credit and non-credit students for:

  • Computer use, including printing services
  • Use of study rooms
  • ​Use of study tables
  • Book check-out, including course reserve materials and books from the circulating collection on the second story. 

The operating hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The Ask A Librarian Reference Chat service is open remotely from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday.

Can I book a study room?

Yes! You can book a study room for up to three hours at a time, up to one week in advance, by clicking the study rooms​ link on the library homepage.

What policies are in place for use of library computers?

Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no time limit on computer use.

What policies are in place regarding the check-out of course reserve materials?

The checkout period of course reserve materials is usually 2 hours, with some 48 hour checkouts depending on the material. The late fee for course reserve materials is $5 per day, per item.

How can I search if my textbook is available in course reserves?

Course reserve materials are searchable from the search discovery system on the library homepage. They are searchable by course name (e.g., ENGL 101), title, or author.

Can I place course reserve materials on hold?

Course reserve materials cannot be placed on hold.

How can I request a hold on books from the circulating collection in the second floor stacks?

​Books from the circulating collection in the second floor stacks can be located in the search discovery system on the library homepage. Once you have found the book you would like to place on hold, sign in using your Web Advisor credentials.

Once you are signed in and have found the item you want the library to hold, click Request, select Santiago Canyon College Ramirez Library as the pickup location, and the date after which the item is not needed. Then send the request. Books will be set aside for you for one week.

​​​Can I check out a laptop?

Yes: information on the laptop loaner program can be found here. If you need access to a computer/laptop, please email Silvia Lopez at to schedule a pick-up appointment.

How do I return my library materials when the library is closed?​

Students may place materials in the Book Return Box located on the drive through/drop off lane in front of the E-Building. Please be aware that the Chapman entrance may be cornered off​​ on Fridays and weekends.

How am I able to access Noodle Tools for creating citations for my research paper?

A: You can access NoodleTools here​. You will need to create an account in NoodleTools if you do not already have one.

What options for library instruction are available?

Librarians offer self-paced workshops in Canvas; in-class workshops tailored to an assignment; and in-person workshops anyone can register for. Topics include Finding Articles, and Creating Citations in MLA and APA.​ Information on workshop topics and how to register can be found here​.

How do I ask for research help?

​​Please go to the Lorenzo A. Ramirez Library homepage and select the Ask A Librarian chat service on the right hand side. The Ask a Librarian chat service is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We are closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.​ You can also text a librarian during those same hours at 714-486-0999. And you can email a librarian anytime at ​​

Why is eating prohibited in the library?

Food attracts mice, rats, cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and other unwanted guests that not only destroy library materials, but also make for an unpleasant and unsanitary environment. By prohibiting food, we limit the chances of pest infestation, allowing custodial staff to keep the library clean.