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Where do I get a library card?

Your student ID (commonly called the Cub Card) acts as a library card.

How many items can I check out?

20 items can be checked out at once.

Up to 5 of the 20 may be non-books.   Students may use "Faculty Use Only" media materials in the library only.

How long can I keep items that I check out?

Books– 28 days | Non-books - 7 days

Generally, 1 renewal is allowed.
Some materials (course reserve, faculty use only, journals, newspapers) are in library use.

How do I renew items?

Material may be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone (602-285-7473), or online.  To renew online, connect to the Library Catalog and select My Account. 

A valid Phoenix College ID card is required.

Renewals are not allowed if another patron has placed a hold on the item or if your library account has an overdue status or has unpaid overdue fines.

What are the overdue fines

  • Course Reserves: $.50 per hour per item up to $50.00. Fines begin immediately after the due time. Material will be considered lost 2 days after the overdue. The cost of the item and $10.00 processing fee will be added to your library account and student record.
  • Books 28 days past the due date and Non-books 14 days past the due date will be considered lost.  Cost of the item and $10.00 processing fee will be added to library account and student record.
  • Interlibrary Loan: $.10 per day minimum, amount may vary depending on the Lending Library's policy.
  • Students, Alumni and Community Borrowers may not check material out of the library if they owe $5.00 or more in Course Reserve Fines, processing fees, or have lost material.

Payment for lost material and processing fees may be made at the Cashier's Office or online in the Student Center


Where do I return materials?

A bookdrop is located near the Circulation Desk.  2 bookdrops are also available outside of the library.

How do I find books and other materials that I need?

Use the online LIBRARY CATALOG.  You can search by subject, keyword, title, or author. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.

Does the library have videos?

There is a wide selection of videos, including subjects such as Mathematics and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Entertainment videos and foreign language videos are also available.  Private viewing rooms to watch videos are located on the main and 2nd floors of the library.

What other materials does the library have?

In addition to books and videos, the library also has magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, audiotapes, sheet music, scores, DVDs, CDs, reference materials, and databases of information.  The library houses various types of collections including: American Sign Language, Career & College, ESL & Foreign Language, Juvenile Books, Leisure Reading, Legal, Paperbacks, and Special/Historical.

How do I find materials that my instructor placed “on reserve”?

Reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk.  They are available for current Phoenix College students to use in the library.  They are placed under the instructor’s name, subject code, and course number.  Most reserve materials cannot be taken out of the library.  You can search the Library Catalog to see what has been placed on reserve. Simply click on the tab marked Course Reserves, and enter you instructor name or course number. 

Do I need a Student Account to use the computers?

You don't need to create an account.  Just login to the computers using your My.Maricopa username and password (MEID/Password).  You may only be logged in to one computer at a time.

How can I search the Internet? Where can I type my paper?

The library has computers with access to the Internet.  Priority is given to students doing class related research.  Computers in both the library and the Learning Commons have the entire Microsoft Office Suite: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Publisher.

How do I print?

The Library and Learning Commons use a pay-for printing system with a cost of 10¢ per printed page. You pay for prints by adding money to your account using your Cub Card and then logging in at the print station.  Coin-op printers are also available in the library.

There is a color printer available on the main floor.  The cost for color prints is $1.00 a page.   The library also has scanners available for student use. 

Is there wireless access?

The library now has wireless internet access! You can use your own laptop or checkout one of 3 laptops available for use in the library. For more info, visit the circulation desk.

Are there any quiet places to study in the library?

Some of the smaller study rooms can be used for quiet study if no one needs them for viewing videos.  Group and individual study rooms are also available on the 2nd floor. Study rooms equipped with computers will need to be reserved. 

Where can I get help?

Visit the Reference Desk.  There is a librarian available at all times to help. You can also call the Reference Desk (602-285-7470) or the Circulation Desk (602-285-7473), or Chat with a Librarian 24/7 via our online reference service available from the library homepage. 

What is available on the Library’s website?

The library’s website provides access to the Library Catalog, online databases, reference resources and Internet search tools.  You will also find a collection of research guides and tutorials, and additional information about the Library’s collections.