You can search for books by keyword, author, title, or subject in the Library catalog. Click on the record of the book you want to view the call number (the alphanumeric string used to locate books on the shelves).
How do I renew my books?
Go to the Library catalog and login using your Blackboard username; if you have trouble logging in, contact the Library via chat. You will be able to view your checked out items and renew all or select specific ones to renew. You may also call or stop by the Library desk to renew your books.
Why isn’t the book on the shelf?
If you cannot find a book on the shelf it may be checked out to another patron. You can verify this by looking at the book's record in the Library catalog - it will say "checked out" if this is the case. If the record doesn't say this, you should speak with a Library staff member. Sometimes books are misshelved and it can be helpful to have someone else double-check the shelves for you. If Library staff determine it is lost, they may decide to purchase another copy.
What should I do if the book I need is already checked out?
If the record in the Library catalog says the item is checked out, speak to a Library staff member and they can assist you in placing a hold on the item through the catalog. When the material is returned, it will be put aside for you and you will be notified via email that it is available.
Can I request books online for pick up at either Library?
When you find an item in the catalog that you want, simply click "Place Hold" on the item’s record page. You can place holds on items that are available but that you want pulled, or on material another patron has checked out. After selecting "Place Hold," you will be prompted to login. After you have logged in, you can select whether you would like to pick it up at the Main Library ("College for Creative Studies") or the Color & Materials Library. If the item is available and not checked out, there is a 24-hour turn-around before your hold will be ready. For all holds, you will be sent an email once the item is available for you to pick up; ask for it at the desk after receiving the email.
Can I return books taken out from one CCS Library to the other CCS Library?
Yes, Library staff will send the book to its proper home upon check in.
What if I need a book or DVD that isn't in the collection?
You can suggest a purchase by filling out this online form.
How do I login to Library databases?
You should use your CCS Blackboard ID to login to databases (see the full list here).
How do I use the Library’s online resources if I am offsite?
You can access the Library’s online resources via the Library website. Search for eBooks in our eBook databases, as well as in the Library catalog. Images and journal articles are also available via our numerous research databases. Click here to access our database page on the Library website.
Can members of the public use the Library?
Yes, members of the public are able to visit the Library. Visitors will need to use the buzzer on the front door speaker (to the left of the doors) and ask to be let into the building. Guest access to the Library is limited to viewing our print collection (i.e. books and periodicals) within the Library. Guests do not have access to our computers but are able to access the guest wifi from their personal devices. See the "Computer & Printing Information" tab.
How do I get in the building?
Students, staff, and faculty may use their CCS ID to gain entry through the front doors of the Manoogian Visual Resource Center off Frederick Douglass. CCS community members may also use the tunnel system. Members of the public or CCS community who have forgotten their ID will need to use the buzzer to the left of the main doors to request access to the building.
Can alumni check out books?
Yes! Stop by the desk and speak with a staff member to update your account to alumni status. Alumni patrons can check out up to ten books for two weeks at a time.
Will you watch my things?
You are responsible for your own belongings. Library staff are not able to oversee or store patron belongings, nor should patrons leave their belongings unattended for long periods of time (i.e. to go to lunch, class, etc.) to save their space or computer.