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proquest national newspapers L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post and Wall Streed Journal

Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2005) Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2005)

ProQuest Psychology Journals ProQuest Psychology Journals

books in print

Book Index with Reviews

Salem Press History Database

Salem Press Magill's Literary Annual

Country Watch

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LAVC Library General Information

LAVC Library Policies

General Information

  • The Library offers campus and community users access to a collection of over 125,000 books, 360 periodical and newspaper subscriptions and thousands of pamphlets and microforms. Access is also provided to electronic resources such as magazine and newspaper indexes, and full-text journal and magazine article databases. Library facilities offer both individual and group study space, a periodicals reading room and easy access to coin-op typewriters, photocopiers and microform reader-printers.
  • Library Hours:

    • Monday - Thursday, 8 A.M. - 8:45 P.M.
    • Friday, 8 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

    Phone Numbers:

    • Main Number 818-947-2425
    • Circulation Desk: 818-947-2756
    • Reference Desk: 818-947-2763 or 818-947-2764
    • Periodicals Dept.: 818-947-2428
    • FAX: 818-947-2751

    Library Faculty:

    • Georgianna Sampler, Library Department Chairperson and Director of Library Services; Reference and Collection Development Librarian
    • Dora Esten, Catalog and Reference Librarian
    • Dana Lubow, Electronic Resources, Public Services and Instruction Librarian
    • Xiaoyang Liu, Reference and Instruction Librarian
    • Adjunct Part-time Faculty:

    • Karen Knotts
    • David May
    • William O'Connell
    • Marlene Wulff
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    Library Policies:

  • Circulation Desks: The Library has two circulation desks, the Main Circulation Desk located at the entrance to the Library and the Periodicals Circulation Desk, located in the Periodicals Reading Room. The Main Desk circulates books from the main collection and books from the Reserve Book Room. The Periodicals Desk circulates periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, maps and reserved periodicals and instructor reserve folders. Both desks close 15 minutes before the Library's posted closing time. All materials must be checked out 15 minutes before the Library closes. 

  • Instructor Reserves: The Library maintains a reserve collection, primarily instructor's copies of textbooks and other materials placed on reserve for their courses (review material, past tests, periodical issues, photocopies, etc.). The Library does not maintain a full collection of the texts used in courses taught at the college. Instructors are encouraged to place their own copies of texts on reserve. Books on reserve can be requested at the Main Circulation Desk. Other material placed on reserve can be requested from the Periodicals Circulation Desk. Reserve material circulates for two-hour periods and may not be taken out of the library. 

  • Loan Periods:
Books: 2 weeks
Periodicals, Newspapers and Pamphlets: 1 week
Reserve materials: 2 hours, in library use only
  • Renewals: Books or periodicals must be returned to the library for renewal (No telephone renewals), or books can be renewed online. To renew your library books online, go to the library's web page at Select "Catalog" and click on the MY ACCOUNT label. Choose "Renew My Materials." Enter your student ID number and PIN. Your PIN is "CHANGEME" until you change it. Press the ENTER key and select the items to renew. If items were reneweable, the new due date will appear.  Write this on the Date Due Slip inside the front cover of the book. Limit of 3 renewals per book or Periodical Dept. item. Reserve materials may be renewed in the library if no one else has requested the item. 

  • Library Cards: Library materials circulate to students enrolled in the current semester and to college employees. The Library does not issue individual cards to students. All students are expected to obtain a validated LAVC Student ID Card. Cards can be obtained from the College's Admissions Office. Students must show a validated ID card or an ID card with a current registration/fee receipt to obtain library materials. College employees must complete a LAVC Library Card Application and show a valid LACCD employee ID card and a photo ID in order to obtain a library card. 

  • Overdue Fines: Library materials kept past their due date are subject to the following fine schedule:
Books--$.10 per day up to the cost of the item.
Periodicals, Newspapers, Pamphlets and Maps--$.20 per day up to the cost of the item.
Reserve materials--$.50 per hour (or fraction thereof) up to the cost of the item.
  • Lost materials: All library users are responsible for lost library materials. The replacement policy is: Books--regular books--$40 (specialized materials such as textbooks and art books have a significantly higher replacement cost), plus a $10.00 processing fee. Periodicals, Newspapers, Pamphlets--The cover price of the issue plus a $10.00 processing fee. Reserve material--The current price of the item plus a $10.00 processing fee.  

  • Damaged materials: Items the Library judges to have been damaged by the borrower shall be evaluated by the circulation department and repair or replacement fees will be assessed based on the extent of the damage. 

  • Library Holds: Students with outstanding fines will not be allowed library circulation privileges. If fines are not paid, students' records will be placed on hold, and this will prevent any Admissions Office processing, including, but not limited to, future registration, issuing of grades or transcripts, and graduation from the college.
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  • Please refer comments, suggestions or questions to:

    Georgianna Sampler, Library Director


    Last updated: February 27, 2012