… @ WCC Library
Welcome to the Library! This Guide will give you an overview of the Whatcom Community College Library and the services we offer. Explore the tabs below.
The WCC Library is in the Heiner Building, located at the corner of Cordata Parkway and West Kellogg Road. The Library is on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
If you need a map of campus, the college has a bird’s-eye-view illustration online.
Library Floor Plan
There’s a map for that.
Most of the items in our collection can be checked out, including everything in the “Stacks” (Stacks is the name of our main collection, located upstairs). The normal loan period for most items is two weeks; you can renew once. There are, of course, exceptions, and lots more details.
Computers & Printing
The IT Dept. maintains around 50 computers in the library, primarily on the main floor near the Reference Desk and in the Library Instruction Room. The computers in the library print to either of two black & white printers on the main floor. Printing is 10 cents per side, automatically deducted from students’ ORCA card account. Click here for more information.
Two black & white copiers are available. Copying is 10 cents per side. An ORCA card or Guest Card is needed to use them. Click here for more information.
Supplies for students — paid for through student fees — are on the counters near the copiers:
- paper cutter
- 3-hole punch
- correction fluid
- paper clips
Two rooms are available for group study; one of them can be booked (201a). Booking ahead isn’t always necessary, but it is a good idea. Call the Circulation Desk at 360-383-3300, or visit the desk in person, to reserve one. The other is drop-in only, and multiple groups may use it simultaneously.
We also have a silent study room, 301b.
There’s a page with more details.
We group the things we own into several collections, noted in the online catalog as Location.
On the main floor. These are items you wouldn’t want to curl up in bed with — dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the like. They stay in the library, but you may make copies of the pages you wish.
On the top floor. Our biggest collection, and you can check out any of the books, DVDs, flashcards, maps, musical scores, sheet music, pamphlets, reports, software, and everything else. CDs and children’s books have moved to the main floor, and VHS tapes are all found in room 301c.
Reserves & Open Reserves
Behind the Circulation Desk on the main floor. These are items that instructors have asked us to make available to everyone in a class. Most can be borrowed for 2 hours at a time, and have to stay in the library. A few items can go home overnight. Some Reserves items are now self-serve — the Open Reserves are on the main floor, along the wall near the stairs.
Scattered about, tucked here and there. While the vast majority of our collection is found in the three collections mentioned above, there are smaller collections of items such as Flat Maps, Rolled Maps, Periodicals, Running Start Textbooks, and some items at the Reference Desk. You may see these Locations noted in the records of some items when you search our library catalog.
To find out what we have in our collection (i.e. what we own), search our library catalog. It’s available to anyone and everyone, both off campus and on.
Search the Library Catalog
We subscribe to many databases that provide access to periodicals, books, art, music, etc. Access them from http://library.whatcom.ctc.edu/guide/databases/
If you wish to access our databases through your smartphone or tablet we have several mobile apps and interfaces for you. Access them from http://library.whatcom.ctc.edu/guide/databases/mobile/
We have a comprehensive set of online library instruction tutorials: IRIS 4-2 http://library.whatcom.ctc.edu/iris/. IRIS offers many bite-sized chunks of information on how to do research. We highly recommend them!
We have great people here at WCC Library. Ask questions of the Librarians at the Reference Desk by visiting the desk in person, by calling 383-3285, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. When we’re closed, direct questions to the 24/7/365 chat service we belong to.