Library Survival Guide
Questions about your library account or about borrowing books? Send an e-mail message email@example.com. For account enquiries, include your name and the barcode number on your ID Card.
New to OTC? The library is located in the main building called the Joseph Kennedy Building. When you enter the front entrance, turn left. Go down the hall past the auditorium, past the bookstore, and the library will be on your right in room 348.
The library is open 7am-9:30pm Monday through Thursday during the quarter. The hours may vary between quarters.
Present your ID-card to borrow materials. You are the only person who's authorized to use your card and since you're responsible for all library transactions made with it.
Loan periods and due dates
Items may normally be borrowed by students for 14 days, and renewed up to a maximum of six times unless requested by another borrower. You can have up to 5 items signed out at any time.
Finding and borrowing items "on reserve"
Course materials "on reserve" have a short loan period (such as a couple of hours or days), and are placed in a separate location in the libraries for student use, at the request of instructors. Items taken out on reserve loan may not be renewed.
The book is in the library catalogue, but doesn’t seem to be available…
When in doubt, ask a research/reference librarian, who can check the situation for you. You can arrange to request the item.
Hold/Recall Item – You can place a hold on an item if it is currently checked out so that you can be the next person to borrow it.
Inter-Campus Borrowing – You can ask that books be brought between the campuses for you to pick up at the campus of your choice.
In Process/On Order – Books may show up in the card catalog as are either in process or still on order. Once again, ask the librarian to check the status for you.
And what if the OTC Library doesn’t have that book?
Borrow directly from another local library – OTC students can borrow books from the libraries of GSU and the Regional Library. The librarian can request a book for you.
Request an inter-library loan – Being a member of OCLC allows us to request books and articles not currently in the OTC Library from another library. To request materials from Interlibrary Loan, complete the online Interlibrary Loan Request form at the following links: Book Request Form, Article Request Form.
Request that the library acquire an item for the library – Let us know of any books (or other items) that you think we should order for our library collections.
As an OTC borrower, you may renew library materials (excluding reserves) if an item has not been requested by another borrower, and if you have not reached your renewal limit (six times for two-week loans).You can renew library items in two ways:
Returning library materials
Library materials must be returned on or before the date and/or time due. Library materials may be returned to the circulation desk or dropped in the metal book return container near the circulation desk.
Now you have more ways than ever to get answers!
To find books and other library materials, search the library catalog. You can search in several ways:
And if you can't find something you're looking for in the library catalogue, ask a librarian!
Help is available when using the library resources. Check out the powerpoint on using the library resources. It will provide you with a tour of the library catalog, using ebooks, and GALILEO.
The Libraries are very busy places and can be a bit noisy at times.
Need a quiet place to study? The OTC library has a room with study carrels that is a quiet room.
The Library’s' website is your key to a vast array of licensed electronic information resources (eResources). These are online resources you won't find on the free internet. eResources include such things as eJournals, indexes, databases, or eBooks through GALILEO. This academic material will be important for many of your course assignments. Links under RESOURCES on the Library homepage allow you to:
Try using the Libraries' online resources by programs to find out about resources in your program area. To use library eResources (like GALILEO, NetLibrary, Ebrary,Encyclopedia Britannica) from home, you must be a registered OTC student. You will need to get the password from the library or your instructor each quarter.
OTC has several computers and a lot of students wanting to use them at busy times. So, make sure when you are using them, you are doing OTC work. The library has 1 large computer lab, one small computer lab, and 4 computers in the Tutoring area. All computers may be used if not in use by a class.
Library computer etiquette
Since the library computers are often in very heavy demand for research and writing, please be considerate of others and …
The OTC wireless network covers the whole library. When you bring your own notebook computer to the library, you have access to the wireless network.
Print, scan and copy
Free scanning is available. The scanner is located in the small lab.
Photocopiers are located in the library. Copies are 5 cents. It has a coin/dollar machine attached to it. And please respect copyright laws!
Help us keep your Library a clean and pleasant place to spend those long hours!