The Reader

Are you looking for your book soul mate? Will it be a mystery, romance or science fiction? The second floor of the library has some possibilities for you! All of the books are wrapped. You just choose the genre, check out the book, and see if love blossoms.
Blind Date with a Book display

If things don’t work out between you and your blind date, just return the book without any hurt feelings.

Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, first-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a more wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.

Both courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.

Join the Library for a special celebration in honor of our Centennial. During the first two weeks of December, “100 Years of SCC Moments and Mementos,” a collection of objects from the Library archives, will be on display in the LRC Lobby.

To commemorate the occasion, on Thursday, December 8 from 2 to 4 pm, the Library will host a reception in the LRC lobby with refreshments and a 3 pm musical performance by SCC’s VOCALe.

Please stop by the LRC lobby to check out the display, and we hope to see you at the reception on December 8!

View of Library from Quad, 1974

Then (1974)

View of LRC from fountain

Now, and Forward!

International Games Day @ Your Library
The SCC Library and the Games Club are taking part in International Games Day @ Your Library on Thursday, November 17, from 1pm to 5pm in LR105. Students, faculty and staff are invited to come and join in on the fun! Feel free to bring your own tabletop games to play or you can play one of ours.

New to this year’s International Games Day: Mini sessions of Dungeons and Dragons, and a video game console set up to play Mario Kart.

See you Thursday!

Very frequently, articles from subject-specific encyclopedias provide a great starting point for research. OneSearch provides some of these as “Research Starters” that pop up for certain searches.

We’ve now enhanced and expanded that feature by pulling in content from one of our other databases, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), which provides loads of useful reference articles. Do a simple search and, if we’ve got an article in GVRL that matches, up to three such articles will appear at the top of the screen under the heading Topic Overviews.

Search for Nativism brings three results from different encyclopedias

We’ll be tracking the number of clicks on these items and otherwise assessing how this new feature is being used. We’re very happy to have the opportunity to develop OneSearch in student-friendly ways. If you’ve got thoughts on how it could be better, contact a librarian and let us know!

Los Rios Chancellor Brian King has repeatedly recommended this book as a resource for illuminating problems and finding solutions. We’re happy to say it is now available as an ebook to all Los Rios students and employees.
Book jacket - Redesigning America's Community Colleges

You can view the ebook online or, if you’ve got the patience, download it in part or in full. We have a guide to EBSCO ebooks that walks you through the options.

We’ve also got it in print! If the SCC copy is currently checked out or on hold, feel free to request a copy from one of the other college libraries.

The Library has published a guide to this year’s election. Find out about voter registration, the presidential election and California’s 17 (!) ballot measures. Our guide gives you links to the best sites and also provides starters for researching some of the issues at stake on November 8.

Election guide home page, showing three sections: Voting, Presidential Election, and California Propositions

Also be sure to visit the election-themed display on the 2nd floor of the LRC. Which literary characters would you vote for? Who said it: Trump or Clinton? Which issues do you think are most important this year?

Board asking what the most important issue is; attach a piece of paper to the column of your choiceBoard asks, what if your favorite literary character ran for president. Who would you vote for?Board asks, Who said it? Donald Trump or Hillary ClintonBoard provides information on California Propositions

We’ve also got a book display on presidential elections and politics. You’ll find a list of all books in the display in the election guide.