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Frequently Asked Questions




How do I find a book?

You can find out if the library owns a book by checking the online catalog. Once you find the book you are looking for in the catalog, you need to write down the call number and location of the book. This information will help you locate the book. All circulating books are located on the second floor of the library. The Opens in PDF library map can help you find where the book is located.

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How do I view online journals, magazines and books from home?

All online material can be viewed from home by logging in with your student ID in this format (1234-5678) and your last name. Please go to the Instructions page for further information.

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How do I find out if the library owns a periodical?

You can check on our Journal and Magazine Title List. On this page, you can find out whether we have the title in print, microfilm or online.

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What is peer-review and how do I find peer-reviewed journals?

Peer-review is an editing process used by most academic journals. In peer-review, a group of professors or experts in the field review an article before it's published to make sure it follows discipline standards and norms. You can find peer-reviewed articles in the library's online databases. Many databases have an option to search for only peer-reviewed sources. The method varies by database, so you may need to consult the database's Help section or a librarian.

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Where can I get help researching my paper?

You can call the Reference Librarian at 714-432-5900 whenever the library is open. You can also submit a question by email using the Ask a Librarian service.

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Where can I return my library materials?

There are two return bins located at the Circulation and Media Desks. There are two exterior return bins located near the front entrance of the building and in Parking Lot E. Please return materials to the Circulation or Media Desks if you want to check out additional materials that day.

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How do I renew my books?

Items may be renewed at the Circulation Desk in the library, by phone during library business hours (714-432-5885 X26062) or by logging into your library account through the online catalog. Voicemail renewals will not be accepted.

Circulating books, audio books, and ESL materials may be renewed one time for an additional three weeks, if there are no holds on the item. The item must be renewed before or on the due date. Overdue items may not be renewed. The overdue item must be returned and any fines must be paid. It can be checked out again after 24 hours. Circulating reserves or media materials can't be renewed.

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I have a fine. What do I do?

Please see our Policies page for complete information on paying fines.

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Can I place a hold on a book?

Please see our Policies page for complete information on placing holds.

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Can I renew my books, view my fines, and place holds online?

Yes. To do so, you will need to log in to your library account in the online catalog (Opens in Adobe PDF Instructions).

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How do I get a library card?

A student's library card is his or her OCC photo ID card. Please go to Watson Hall to get this card. OCC and Cal-West Consortium faculty and staff can obtain an OCC library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of employment.

All other patrons need to fill out an application and take it to the Circulation Desk. Community members at least 18 years of age or OCC alumni who wish to have a library card must pay a fee of $20 a year. Current members of the OCC Friends of the Library can get a library card for no extra charge. A library card allows these groups to check out circulating materials. A library card does not entitle the bearer to computer lab privileges. Please see Circulation staff for further details.

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Can I check out a copy of my textbook?

Maybe. The library purchases many textbooks, funded by the OCC Foundation, with a generous bequest from a former OCC faculty member, Shirley Brooke. Textbooks and course reserves are available at the Circulation Desk. These items are for in-library use only. Reserve materials that are removed from the facility are immediately subject to fines and replacement costs.

An OCC student photo ID is required to check out reserve items. You must know the call number of the item you want to check out (Opens in Adobe PDFInstructions). Reserves are restricted to current OCC students and faculty only. For more information, please check our Policy page.

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When is the library open?

The library's hours vary depending on the semester and current levels of funding. The library is closed during all school holidays, including breaks between semesters. Current hours can be found on the Hours and Location page.

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Where can I study in the library?

The library offers a variety of places for students to study in the library, including open areas, lounge areas, and individual carrels, as well as group study rooms, and a large open study area. The quietest areas are on the second floor. Group discussion should take place in either the group study rooms or the open study room. For more information about the group study rooms, check our Policy page.

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Where can I charge my laptop?

The study carrels and tables on the first and second floors have power outlets to charge laptops and other portable devices.

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Does the library have copiers or scanners?

Yes. The copiers are located on the first floor, next to the Periodicals section (Opens in Adobe PDFMap). Copies cost $.10 a page; payment can be made with coins, one dollar bills, and print cards. The copiers can't make double-sided copies. There are two scanners in the lab for student use. All machines are first-come, first-served.

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How do I log in to the lab computers? How do I get wireless access?

Every student has a default login for lab computers and wireless access. Both use the same login. Your username is your student ID number (no C or -). Your password is the first initial of your first name in CAPS, the first initial of your last name in lowercase, and your date of birth in this format: MMDDYY. For example, if your name is John Doe and you were born January 2, 1982, your password would be Jd010282.

Only OCC students, faculty and staff may use the lab computers in the library or access the wireless. If you are having technical issues with the wireless, go to the IT department's wireless page.

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Can I access MyOCC in the library?

Yes. You can use the lab computers to access all MyOCC functions. The library also has three quick access computers next to the Reference Desk. These computers have limited MyOCC access. You can't use them to access Blackboard or your email. Please use the lab computers for those functions.

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Do you have Macs in the library?

The library computer lab has a limited number of Macs for student use. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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How do I print my paper in the library?

To print from the lab computers, you must first log in. Next, you need to pull up your document and select the print option. The print job is sent to a computer against the wall. To release the print job, you must put in a print card in a box next to the print release computer. Then, you will select your print job from the computer screen. Your job is identifiable by your student ID number. After you follow the prompts, money will be deducted from your card and the job will print.

Print cards may be purchased from machines located in the computer lab and next to the photocopiers. A one dollar bill is required to purchase a card. Each card comes with a $.50 balance. The other $.50 is the cost of the card. Additional money can be added to the same card later.

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How do I get a group study room?

Group study rooms are available to current OCC students for 3 hours of use at a time. Students may sign up for a study room at the Circulation Desk. Space is limited so reserving a room is highly recommended. Reservations can be made in person up to 30 days in advance. Reservations are held for 15 minutes. A student photo ID from one member of the group is required to use a room. You must have at least two students present to use the group study rooms. Groups need to check out of their room 15 minutes prior to closing. No food or drink is allowed in the study rooms. Some study rooms are equipped with computers: please let Circulation staff know if you need to use of these rooms. Please see the Policies page for complete information.

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Can I use a cell phone in the library?

Patrons who are talking on a cell phone or wireless device may be asked to take their call outside. Please silence your cell phone while you are in the building.

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Can I take photos or film in the library?

Yes, under certain conditions, with permission from the Library Dean. Please read our filming policies for more information.

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Can I eat or drink in the library?

Drinks in spill proof containers are allowed in the open study areas; however, food is not permitted in the library. Food and drink are not allowed in the computer lab, lecture lab, group study rooms, archives, or media viewing areas. Patrons caught with food and/or drinks in these areas are subject to loss of privileges.

Spill kits are available at the Reference Desk, Circulation Desk, and Media Desk. If you spill your drink in the library, please go to one of these desks and ask for a kit.

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Where do I buy or rent my textbooks?

You will need to visit the OCC bookstore to purchase your textbooks.

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