BOOKS cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic.
Libraries organize and store their book collections on shelves called "stacks." But books also come in electronic form. The library purchases these “ebooks,” which are available via the web.
The online catalog is a database of books and other materials including magazines, journals, streaming video, and newspaper articles held by the library.
What is a Call Number?
The Call Number is a series of letters and numbers located at the bottom of the spine of the book. Each book has a unique call number making it easy to find on the shelf. At the end of every shelf, an alphabetical range is given to help you easily locate your book.
When selecting materials for the general collection, priority is given to those materials that support curricular needs. We also provide electronic access to thousands of E-books titles in our databases.
Our collection is cataloged and organized using the Library of Congress Call Number System.
Books or articles not owned by RCCC can usually be borrowed from other libraries by the Interlibrary Loan Department. You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request in person or online.
“Pick It Up” enables patrons to request books to be delivered to the campus of their choice for pickup. The materials need not be in the RCCC libraries; we will borrow them from other libraries if we don't have them. There are no charges for these services
Searching for books using the library's catalog is easy.
Some helpful steps to follow when searching the library's catalog include:
Knowing the Library of Congress (LOC) classification system will allow you to “read” the information in a call number. This will be useful because each part of the call number gives you an important clue about the work it identifies, which can help you determine whether the item you have found will actually useful.