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Library Hours

Summer Session I

June 12, 2017 - July 14. 2017


Monday - Thursday:

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Closed Friday - Sunday and College holidays

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General Library Information


Faculty Guide to the Library

Spring 2017 Hours

Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sundays and holidays closed

Meet Your Friendly Librarians!


From left to right: Xiao Liu-Behlendorf, Meghan Gaynor Cason, Mike FitzGerald, Dora Esten, and Cynthia Cohen.

Borrowing Books

Faculty may check out books by obtaining a library card, available at the circulation desk. Books circulate for two months, but are due at the end of each semester. They may be renewed. Faculty are not subject to fines, but are held responsible for lost materials and must keep their records current. 

Reserve Books

As the Library does not buy textbooks, instructors are encouraged to put their own extra copies of the texts they are using on reserve. To put a book on reserve, simply complete this form and bring it to the library (if you are requesting the Library buy a book, you must order it the semester before you wish to use it to allow for processing time). Books will be kept on reserve until you take them off. Other materials such as photocopies, past tests, and journal issues may also be placed on reserve.

Databases and Off-Campus Access

See what's available here.

To access our databases off-campus, you must login with your UIA (sometimes called "academic") account. This is different from your administrative account, which correlates to your LAVC computer and email login. If you don't know your UIA credentials, check with IT at x2489.

Requesting and Discarding Books

Recommendations for specific titles may be made to our Collection Development Librarian, Xiao Liu-Behlendorf, via email. Or stop by the reference desk and make your request in person. We encourage faculty members to review the collection in their discipline for possible discarding (weeding) of dated or obsolete materials. Additionally, professional development credit is given for “review and assessment of library holdings in your discipline.”

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Books from other libraries may be obtained through ILL. Be aware that this is a time consuming process, taking anywhere from 2-6 weeks and libraries limit ILL loans to two weeks. ILL requests may be made through a librarian. Stop by the reference desk, or call x2764 for assistance. Faculty are responsible for any fees charged by the lending library.

Library Assignments

A well-designed course-related library assignment is an effective way to introduce students to research. It relates to some aspect of course subject material or learning objectives leading to an increased understanding of a subject or the process of locating information related to a subject. A library assignment that meets these criteria is an excellent teaching tool and builds research skills. These guidelines are meant to ensure students of a positive library experience and reinforce library use as a means of learning.

Library Science 101

In order for your students to take advantage of all the Library’s resources and to help them develop critical thinking skills, please encourage your students to enroll in this course.


Contact Us

Our staff includes five professional librarians:

Cynthia Cohen Information Literacy Instruction & Reference     ext  2766
Dora Esten Department Chair
Cataloging. Reference,
ext. 2761
Mike FitzGerald Information Literacy Instruction & Reference ext. 5783
Xiao Liu-Behlendorf Reference, Collection Development & Acquisitions ext. 2762
Meghan Gaynor Cason Digital Resources, Reference & Instruction ext. 7261


We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about our services.