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General Guide



Website (
The Library’s website is the electronic “front door” to the Library, available 24 hours a day.  The online book catalog, full-text resources, and much more are available from the Library’s homepage.

Appropriate Use of the Library
Acceptable standards of behavior are expected of all Library users.  Eating, drinking, smoking, and cell phone usage are not permitted.

Group Study Rooms
There are 12 group study rooms in the Library. 

Computers for student and staff use are located throughout the Library. Students can login with student IDs.  There are also two workstations dedicated for use by the disabled population.  The computers are for Library research and legitimate academic pursuits only.  Chat groups, games, downloading of software, and other inappropriate uses are not allowed. 

All the computers have Internet access and the Microsoft Office suite (Access, Excel, Front Page, InfoPath, Outlook Power Point, Publisher and Word). Printing is available in the Library for ten cents ($ .10) a page. Students need to purchase GoPrint card to pay for printing. The initial, one-time-only cost of the plastic card is $1.00 (.50 for the card, and five copies at .10 each=$1.00), Additional dollars may be added to the card as needed.  

Online Catalog
The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) or electronic book catalog lists all books, pamphlets, journals, magazines, newspapers, and non-print materials owned by the Santiago Canyon College Library. The OPAC is available from the Library’s webpage and may be searched 24 hours a day from any terminal with Internet access.

Online Databases
The Library has available a wide range of electronic databases to aid students, faculty, and staff in their research.  Many of the databases include full-text information (that is, the complete article or information is available), and users may print, download, or email their search results. Most the databases may also be searched from home through the Library’s proxy server. For assistance on which database to use and how to use it, also ask at the Reference Desk.

The Library provides two photocopiers and color copiers for public use. The cost is ten cents per b/w and fifty centes for color copy. Change may be made at the Circulation Desk (nothing larger than a $10.00 bill). 

Reserve Materials
Textbooks, readings, videos, CDs, audiotapes, and other materials set aside by instructors for student use are available at the Circulation or Check-out Desk near the Library entrance.  The loan period is set by the instructor and may range from 2 hours to 7 days.  All materials on reserve are listed under the “Course Reserve” option on the Library’s online book catalog.  Library users may search for reserve materials by name of instructor or course name and number.

Reference Materials
The Library has a growing array of reference books, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, statistical handbooks, atlases, and directories, designed to assist users with their research.  Reference books do not check out and must be used only in the Library.

Borrowing Privileges and Limits
To borrow materials, students, faculty, and staff must show a picture or photo ID at the Circulation or Check-out Desk.  Community members living or working within district boundaries may apply for a community member card by providing three separate types of identification.  RSCCD students have borrowing privileges at both college libraries.  Students and staff may borrow 15 items total per ID card with a limit of 5 items per subject.  The typical loan period for books is three weeks, with three, one-week renewals available.  For loan periods for other items, inquire at the Circulation or Check-out Desk, or access the information through the library’s homepage by clicking on the “library information” icon.

Inter-College Loans
All circulating items located in the Santa Ana College Library are accessible via inter-college loan.  Request inter-college loans at the Reference Desk.  Allow two working days for van delivery.  Items borrowed from the Santa Ana College Library must be returned at the Santiago Canyon College Library, or library from which item was checked out. 

Fines and Overdues
Materials returned late are subject to overdue fines as follows:  twenty-five cents ($ .25) per day for books and magazines; twenty-five cents ($ .25) per hour for reserve items; two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per day for reserve texts, and fifty cents ($ .50) per day for Best Sellers, CDs, and videos.

Reference and Research Assistance
Professional reference librarians are available all hours that the Library is open.  The librarians will answer reference questions and provide in-depth assistance with research assignments and projects.

Periodicals (Magazines, Journals, Newspapers) Assistance
Older or back issues of magazines, journals, and newspapers are requested, checked out, and returned to the Circulation or Check-out Desk near the Library entrance.  Current years issues of periodicals are available in the periodicals reading room.  Some older issues of periodicals are also available on microfilm or microfiche.  Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance in using online periodical databases, such as InfoTrac Web, EBSCOHost, Newsbank and  Literature Resource Center.

Circulation and Reserve Assistance
Library materials may be checked out and returned at the Circulation or Check-out Desk near the Library entrance.  Reserve items are also kept at this service Desk. Two bookdrops are located on campus; one is located at the Chapman Avenue entrance, and the second is located in front of the T Building.

Instructional Services
Librarians are available for class instruction sessions.  Faculty requests for bibliographic instruction are to be forwarded to the BI Coordinator at A-204 or (714) 628-5017 (628-5000 during summer sessions), who will schedule sessions based upon room and staff availability.  A one week notice is required.