Q: What do I need to borrow a book?
A: Just your LAVC ID (or an ID from another LACCD campus). You must be a currently registered student, employee or member of the Alumni & Friends Association.
Q: But I forgot/lost/don't have my student ID! Can I just use my driver's license?
Q: How long can I keep my book?
A: For most books, two weeks at a time, but you can renew your book up to three times for a total of eight weeks. Read more about our circulation policies here.
Q: My instructor placed our textbook on reserve, so I can only use it for two hours at a time in the library. Why can't I take it home with me?
A: Reserve textbooks are very much in demand. These books are limited to two-hour checkouts so your classmates will have access to these materials too.
Q: The book I want is checked out. What can I do?
A: You can place a hold through the library's OPAC. Search for the item, click the title to open the record, and click the "place hold" button. Your user ID is your student ID and your PIN is your 4-digit date of birth. Placing a hold prevents the book from being renewed, and you will receive a notification upon its return to the library.
Q: I need articles. Where do I go?
A: Our complete list of article databases is here. If you're not sure how to use an article database, or you don't know which database to choose for your topic, read this guide.
Q: Am I able to access databases from home?
A: Sure! Read these instructions.
Q: Another school in the LACCD system has a book I want (e.g. Pierce, Mission, LA City, etc.). Can I go there to borrow it?
A. Go for it. Just make sure to bring your LAVC ID. Another option is to have the book sent to LAVC via the intra-library loan process, which can take a week. If you're interested in having a book sent to the LAVC Library, speak with a reference librarian.
Q: I'm a student at another school in the LACCD system (e.g. Pierce, Mission, LA City, etc.). Can I borrow a book from your library in person?
A. Sure. Just bring your college ID with you, and be aware that you can only borrow books from our circulating collection. Students from other campuses cannot borrow reserve books or use LAVC study rooms.
Another option is to have the book sent to your campus via the intra-library loan process, which can take a week. If you're interested in having a book sent to your library, you must speak to a librarian at your college.
Q: I have books I'd like to donate to the library. Will you take them?
A: It depends. Our books are selected to support student research and faculty instruction. If your donation fits our collection development criteria, we may accept your gift. If you're interested in donating books, please contact Xiao Liu-Behlendorf, our collection development librarian.