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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Library open?

The Library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on Saturday. The Library is closed on Sunday and on all legal and College holidays. Shorter hours are in effect during winter and summer sessions.

Who may use the Library?

While any member of the public (18 or older) may visit the Library, only currently enrolled CEC/ECC students may check out materials, use reserve books, or access the computer lab.

How do I get a library card?

Your current student ID card is your library card. The first time you check out a book, please show a government-issued picture ID. Library staff will need to input your card into our computer system.

I brought back a book after the due date? Is there a fine? What if I lose a book?

The Library does not normally charge for overdue books.  However, if you check out a book and do not return it, you will have to pay for the entire cost of the book. If you have paid for a book and then find it, you will be able to have your payment refunded as long as you return the book and it is in satisfactory condition. Please note that if you have overdue books you will not be able to check out new books from the Library and may not be able to enroll in new classes.

Are there photocopy machines available for student use?

The Library has three photocopy machines for student use. Each copy costs 10 cents.

Are there computers available for student use?

The Library has a small computer lab containing ten computers. This lab is used for orientations and students taking online classes. Additional computer labs are located on the upper floor of the Library-Student Success Center and in the Voc-Tech building.

How do I search for a book?

Use the online catalog. In the search box, type the author or subject you are looking for. The call number (highlighted) shows where the book will be located on the shelf.

How do I search for a magazine or journal article?

Use the online databases at [database page]. Academic Search Premier or Proquest Research Library are good places to start. Please ask library staff for assistance.

My instructor wants me to get information from scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journals. How do I find them?

Again, use the online databases. Most of them have a box you can check to limit your search to scholarly journals.

Other questions?

The members of the Library Staff are here to help you. If you have a question which is not covered in these pages, please do not hesitate to ask. That's why we are here, to serve you!

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