Go to the LIBRARY already!

For some students, the thought of spending time in the library just doesn’t seem cool enough.  But, they’ve got it all wrong…

…the SCC Library is one of the coolest places on campus. The Library is so popular that it is even open for a few hours on Saturday…and students actually show up!

For one thing, the Library is definitely a place to study. As you all have experienced, trying to study at home doesn’t always work out. As soon as you sit at your desk the distractions start to come from all different directions: your cell phone rings, you decide to log onto Facebook (which then turns into an online chat party with your friends), your favorite reality television show is on, your children/siblings/parents/neighbors/pets suddenly need your attention, and your hungry tummy tells you to make a sandwich for extra study fuel.

When this happens, the best thing to do is to grab your study materials and head to the LIBRARY.

Aside from the many tables and chairs that you can use, there are four study rooms that you can reserve for groups. This will allow you to meet with a few of your classmates to discuss your assignments. Or, if simply just want peace and quiet (and who doesn’t???), the third floor of the Library is designated for individual study…and that means NO TALKING allowed! So, shhhhhhh, please!

Here are 5 other reasons to visit the Library:

The Librarians: the librarians – along with the rest of the staff – are some of the nicest people on campus. They help students find materials related to their studies, they keep the library organized so that things are easy to locate, and they genuinely care about the success of SCC students. You can easily find a librarian sitting at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor or you can communicate with a librarian through the online library chat, by posting a question on the library website, by texting a librarian, or calling the Reference Desk.

The reserve collection: Purchasing textbooks is a key to success, but, for many students, it is a big financial commitment. Many students have to wait until their next paycheck or financial aid disbursement to get their textbooks. In these situations, the Library has a reserve collection of textbooks that students can use (for two hours at a time) to read their chapters and to complete their homework assignments so that they don’t fall behind. The librarians work very closely with instructors to collect textbooks and materials for students to use.

There’s computer access: There are computers on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Library. Students can search the library catalog, use the electronic databases, and access the internet. The computers on the 2nd floor are primarily for students to use for research, but they can also be used to log onto D2L, for registration (such as checking eServices), for financial aid access, and for checking your Gmail account.

The diverse selection of library materials: No, the books in the library aren’t so ancient that the pages peel off with each turn! In fact, the library constantly updates its materials to reflect what is popular and what is going on in the world today. Every semester, the librarians send out an email to faculty, staff, and administrators asking for suggestions on new books, videos, journals, and magazines. Also, the books in the library aren’t just for academics; students borrow books to read outside of their assignments.

Online orientations and workshops are available: The 3-story brick building is beautiful, but it can be intimidating to some students. However, once you complete an online orientation or attend a workshop, you will soon feel like a library pro!  You will know which online databases are available, where to find materials, and how to do research on the computer. The online orientation and workshop schedules are located on the library website.

So, as you can see, the Library is a great source of great resources!

Quick tips for using the Library:

1.  Bring small bills or change with you, especially if you plan to use the copy machines.

2.  Bring your Student Access Card.  In case you didn’t know it, your Student Access Card also serves as your library card.  You can deposit funds into your Student Access Card which will allow you to print or make photocopies at any “GoPrint” station in the Library.

3.  As in all situations, be careful of your belongings.  Don’t leave your bags, books, or laptop unattended.

4.  Plan to study in the Library!  Students take their education seriously and the Library is not the place for socializing or hanging out.

Reminder:  And, if you plan to study in the library, bring all of your materials with you.  For example, don’t leave your calculator in your car if you are planning to study for math.  That means that you will have to re-pack your things, walk to the parking garage, and then walk ALL THE WAY back to the library.  By the time that you return, you’ve lost 15 minutes of study time!

5.  Pay your Library fees; if you owe money for lost books or late returns, you will have a hold on your records and will not be able to enroll into classes.

6.  Do not bring food or drinks inside the Library; that’s what the City Cafe is for!  The last thing that you want to do is to spill your soda or drop greasy french fries on a computer.  The computers are used by all students, so take care of the equipment and be gentle with the keyboards!

7.  Using the Library takes time, so don’t rush yourself!  If you are going to the Library to do research, plan on being there for more than 10 minutes.  (It takes 10 minutes just to get your backpack unpacked and to organize your tasks!)  Not only do you need the time to research the online databases (the Library subscribes to over 50 databases!), you will also need to locate the materials, make copies if needed, and officially check out the books.

8.  Check out the cool Library classes that are offered!  The Library offers courses every semester to help students gain an in-depth understanding of how research is completed (Library 318) and how to use the internet to do research (Library 325).  These courses can be used as transferable electives!

Click here to visit the SCC Library website.