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Getting Started Using the Library (Support during COVID-19) : Home
  

This guide will help you learn how to access library resources during the COVID-19 disruption.

The Physical Library is closed until further notice. 

Take advantage of all our virtual library has to offer! 

UPDATES

Due Dates for Library Books

If you have library books due, please do not come to campus to return them. The library will forgive all fines accrued on books due until campus reopens. Please ignore any overdue notices you receive, as our system sends those out automatically.  When the campus reopens, please return your books and we will adjust your library account accordingly.

Request Scanned Chapters of Textbooks on Reserve

You can now request a chapter of a textbook on reserve to be scanned and emailed to you, if a textbook on reserve is not available freely online. To place a request, click on Search the Library to get started, and then sign in (located in the upper right corner) with your OCC username and password.  For more details and step-by-step instructions, visit the Requesting Books & Scanned Chapters page.

Request Books to be Mailed to You

You can now request physical books in the library collection to be mailed to your home. To place a request, click on Search the Library to get started, and then sign in (located in the upper right corner) with your OCC username and password.  For more details and step-by-step instructions, visit the Requesting Books & Scanned Chapters page.  (Note: oversize book requests potentially may be cancelled due to packaging limitations)

Going Forward

When the situation changes, we will update this site and put a notice on the website.  Stay safe and healthy! 

Is My Textbook Free Online?

There are a lot of options for online access to textbooks right now.  Follow these steps to see if your textbook is available online:

  1. Check the library catalog or free textbook list. Use the "Available Online" filter to see online books in the library search.
  2. If your textbook is NOT available online here, look for the title of the book in both of the lists of FREELY available textbooks (linked below). To do this you can use Control + F to search for the title of the textbook. Many of the textbooks that were available physically in the library are on these lists.  

Textbooks in VitalSource         Textbooks in RedShelf

  1. If your textbook is listed on the Vital Source list. You will need to use your OCC email to sign up for an account.  From there, search the site for the title of the textbooks. Directions are here.  Note: The VitalSource Helps program allows you to download some textbooks free of charge, due to COVID-19 difficulties.  
  2. If your textbook is listed on the Red Shelf list. Search for the title of the textbook in RedShelf for free access.

Need Research Help? 

 Chat with a librarian by clicking on the speech bubble below.  

Available: Monday - Thursday: 8am-9pm, Friday: 8am-3pm, and Saturday: 10am-3pm.

  Schedule a research appointment with a librarian.  

15 and 45 minute research appointments are available throughout the week.
This is a great opportunity to get help finding articles, ebooks, or other online resources for papers and projects.  

 Email your question to: lcassidy@occ.cccd.edu