About the Library

Overhead library pictureThe Holyoke Community College Library provides students with the assistance and resources to fulfill their classroom assignments and expand their education beyond the classroom into their daily lives. The research strategies acquired while learning to use the Library effectively will provide students with lifelong learning skills to assist them in finding appropriate information, evaluating it critically, and synthesizing it into knowledge.

The library's knowledgeable staff is available to work with students both one-on-one, in teams, and in the classroom. Library services can be accessed in person at our service desks or by phone, email, or text message.  Located in the center of the College complex, the Library offers two computer labs, three photocopiers with scan-to-email abilities, two group study rooms, and a deep quiet study room. Students have access to 75,000 print books, 38,000 electronic books, 32,000 online periodicals, and 20,000 streaming educational videos. HCC faculty may place course material on reserve at the circulation desk for student use. The online catalog and online databases are accessible from both in the Library and from off campus. Easy remote access to the Library's electronic collection means that the Library is always open when you need it.

Holyoke Community College is a participating member of C/WMARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network) which augments the resources of the HCC Library by providing online access to the collections of over 140 academic and public libraries. Students at HCC may borrow from all C/WMARS libraries by either visiting the libraries themselves or requesting material to be delivered to the HCC Library.

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