Library

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Ask a Librarian Course Reserves Journal List



Welcome to the HCC Library! Our services for students include: help with your research, use of HCC library computers, the ability to check out library materials, and access to library databases for journal and magazine articles.

Ask the Librarian & Online Tutorials

Do you need help with your research? Are you having trouble searching the databases or the online catalog? We are here to help! Check out the Tutorials & Help page.

Use of HCC Library Computers

All patrons must abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy, also printed in the HCC Student Handbook. HCC students, faculty, and staff have preferred access to library computers when the library is busy. All patrons are asked to be considerate of other users during busy times and limit their search sessions to 45 minutes. If you wish to print at the library, please ask for assistance.

Check Out Library Materials

Please bring your active HCC student photo I.D. to check out library materials. You must present your student I.D. each time you borrow or renew library material. You may not use your public library card. If you lose your photo I.D., you may obtain a replacement card from the Assessment Center in Frost 271. 

Course Reserves

Some of our faculty have placed their course materials on reserve at the library for students to check out for a limited time. These materials can range from a 2-hour to a one-week loan period. The faculty member chooses the loan period. These materials are not renewable online. 

Access Materials from Massachusetts Libraries

Can't find what you are looking for at HCC library? Holyoke Community College is a participating member of C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network), which expands the resources of the HCC Library by providing online access to the collections of over 140 academic and public libraries. HCC community members may borrow from all C/W MARS libraries. You can request items from these libraries and pick them up at our library circulation desk. Please note that it may take awhile for an item to come. Available items generally take about a week. Popular items such as new releases could take much longer.

Access to Online Databases

Students may access our online databases from both on and off campus. Visit our databases and journals page and select a subject or discipline area. Choose a database. If you are on campus, you will now be in the database. If you are off campus, you will need to log in first. You will use the barcode on the back of your I.D. and your last name in ALL CAPS. Contact the reference desk at 413.552.2424 with questions, or if you have difficulties logging in.

ONLINE STUDENTS

Our goal is to ensure that online students have access to resources and services that mirror those that are available to students enrolled in traditional courses at HCC. Access to traditional resources and services including, but not limited to, magazine articles, books, and course reserves are available to online students through these links.

Online Databases

We provide HCC students with remote access (from your home or other computer) to our databases which include journal articles, e-books, and streaming videos. To access these resources, just log in with your HCC e-mail username and password. 

Research Assistance

If you need research assistance, see Tutorials & Help for information, including a way to ask librarians questions through your computer 24 hours a day!

Welcome to HCC Library! Below is a listing of services available to faculty.

Library Instruction

We regularly schedule Information Literacy classes throughout each academic semester and the summer session. You may schedule a session online, by email, or by contacting the reference desk at 413.552.2424. Please schedule your classes at least a week ahead of time, and provide us with a current class assignment and examples of possible topics so we can tailor our instruction to meet your class' research needs. Faculty are required to be with their students for the entire class. To provide your students with additional research time, you may use the instruction classroom (Room 306) up to two times for a follow-up to your Information Literacy class.

Check Out Library Materials

Please allow a few extra minutes on your first visit to the library and bring your HCC faculty photo I.D. to register. You must present your faculty I.D. each time you borrow or renew library material. You may not use your public library card. If you lose your photo I.D., you may obtain a replacement card from the Assessment Center in Frost 271.

Reserves

Instructors should bring material for course reserve (personal or library owned) to the circulation desk where they will complete the Course Reserve Form. The library will accept a limit of three copies of any one title. Instructors may want to consider using online articles from the library database or online journal subscriptions, which students may access on or off campus anytime. Materials are processed in the order in which they are received. We ask that three days is allowed for processing.

Access to Online Databases

Faculty may access our online databases from both on and off campus. You will need to come in and be registered with the library before you can access the databases from off campus. If you only teach online, you can also apply for a card online using the form below. Go to our journals and databases page and select a subject or discipline area. Choose a database. If you are on campus you will now be in the database. If you are off campus, you will need to log in first. You will use the barcode on the back of your I.D. and your last name. Contact the reference desk at 413.552.2424 with questions.

Recommend for Purchase

Recommendations for books to be purchased by the Library can be made using the Recommend for Purchase Form

Use of Library Computers

All patrons must abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy. HCC students, faculty, and staff have preferred access to library computers when the library is busy. All patrons are asked to be considerate of other users during busy times and limit their search sessions to 45 minutes. If you wish to print at the library, you will need your faculty I.D. card. Please ask for assistance.

Also of Interest to Faculty

 

Welcome to the HCC Library! Our services for HCC staff include: use of HCC library computers, the ability to check out library materials, and access to library databases for journal and magazine articles. 

Use of HCC Library Computers

All patrons must abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy. Patrons are asked to be considerate of other users during busy times and limit their search sessions to 45 minutes. Printing in the library is administrated through the campus-wide GoPrint service. Please ask for assistance.

Check Out Library Materials

Please allow a few extra minutes on your first visit to the library and bring your HCC staff photo I.D. to register. You must present your staff I.D. each time you borrow or renew library material. You may not use your public library card. If you lose your photo I.D., you may obtain a replacement card from Frost 271.

Access Materials from Neighboring Massachusetts Libraries

Can't find what you are looking for at the HCC Library? Holyoke Community College is a participating member of C/W MARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network), which expands the resources of the HCC Library by providing online access to the collections of over 140 academic and public libraries. HCC community members may borrow from all C/W MARS libraries. 

Access to Online Databases

Staff may access our online databases from both on and off campus. You will need to be registered with the library before you can access the databases from off campus. You will use the barcode on the back of your I.D. and your last name in ALL CAPS. Contact the reference desk at 413.552.2424 with questions.

Community members are welcome to use Holyoke Community College Library. Our services include: use of HCC library computers, the ability to check out library materials, and access to selected library databases for journal and magazine articles.

Use of HCC Library Computers

Community members are allowed to use HCC Library computers. All patrons must abide by the Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy. HCC students, faculty, and staff members have preferred access to library computers when the library is busy. All patrons are asked to be considerate of other users during busy times and limit their search sessions to 45 minutes. If you wish to print at the library, you will need an HCC library resident card. Please ask for assistance at the circulation desk.

Check Out Library Materials

Please bring a current form of identification with an address (such as a driver's license) when you apply for a card. You will be issued a library card, which you must present each time you borrow or renew library material. You may not use your public library card. There is a $3.00 fee for replacing a lost card.

Access to Online Databases

Outside the library:
There is a selected group of databases, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which residents may access outside the library. Search these databases.

Within the library:
Due to our vendor contracts, only HCC students, faculty, and administrators are able to access many of our databases from outside the library. Within the library, residents are welcome to use all of them. To access these databases from the library, go to our journals and databases page.

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