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Library Resources & Services 2022

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Book Checkouts | Library Resources | Remote Access GuidelinesTechnology Support & CheckoutsTeaching Resources | Canvas Helplines | OER 

Book Checkouts


See our Borrowing/Loans page for more information on how to check out print books. 

Library Resources & Services Spring 2022

Library resources available online:

  • Live Chat 24/7 has librarians available online for research assistance anytime. Research help is always available on LibChat, but City librarians will also be online some times.
  • Research appointments Need help with research for a paper or project? Book a 30 minute individual or small group Zoom appointment with a librarian. 
  • See also our research guides, including:
  • E-book collections use SDCCD Books+ and 
    • do limit your results list by Available Online but do not limit to City College since that seems to eliminate books to which you have access;
    • OR go to A-Z Databases page and click dropdown for Filter by Type > ebooks.
  • A-Z Databases for a list of all available online collections, including articles, ebooks, Flipster digital magazines, and videos.
  • Video collections for streaming video you can watch on your computer/device.

**Remote Access Guidelines

Access to Library Resources from Off-Campus Locations

How the login system works: You are automatically eligible only if you are currently taking a class or teaching a class.

  • Students: When you click on a database link or an e-book, you will be prompted for your 10-digit student ID number and last name. Type in your last name exactly the way you are registered for classes (usually how it appears on your student ID card). You must be currently taking at least one City College class and have fully paid your tuition and fees in order to log in. If you are having problems with your login, please email

  • Staff: You are not automatically added to the system from PeopleSoft. To request a login, or if you are having problems logging in, email

  • Faculty: You are automatically added to the system from PeopleSoft if you are teaching in the current semester/session. If your status is different, or you are having problems with your login, please email

Common issues: 

  • Some databases require that your browser be set to accept all cookies.

  • Security software may interfere with a database's user authentication protocol. You may have to temporarily disable it in order to connect to a database.

Technology Support, Checkouts & Returns


Contact the SDCC Independent Learning Center (ILC) remote support services at

For additional online student resources and FAQS on Canvas and Zoom, see this link:


Need a laptop? Our loaner program allows selected San Diego City College students to borrow from our limited supply of refurbished Chromebook devices at least until the end of the current semester. Borrowers are expected to use these resources for the purpose of academic study. These limited resources will be provided on a first come, first served basis, so please follow the instructions below:

  1. Fill out the San Diego City College Chromebook Loaner Program survey and click the Submit button. This survey is required so we may understand your need for access to computers.
  2. You will get an automatic email response that your survey responses have been received (this is not a guarantee that you will receive a device).
  3. Check your email regularly for a message to confirm a device reservation and instructions for picking up the device. Additional information regarding the use of loaned device will also be provided. If you have further questions about the loner program please contact Daniel Gonzalez, Library Circulation Supervisor, at


If you are faculty, you can request a 6-month extension by contacting Majeda Nasrawi at

Returning a Device? Students participating in San Diego City College’s Chromebook Loaner Program may return a loaned Chromebook by placing the device and its accessories (AC Adapter) in a protective bag and gently depositing the gear into the Learning Resources Center’s Library Book Return slot, located to the right of the yellow entrance doors (see photo below). You may return devices to the book return slot on any day, or give it to a Library staff member at the LRC's front entrance doors during regular operating hours. No appointment is needed to return items, though if you wish to make one or have further questions about the loner program please contact Daniel Gonzalez, Library Circulation Supervisor, at

***If you have checked out a Coolpad Snap (flip phone) hotspot from City College Library, it was deactivated and removed from your library account on 6/1/2022. It no longer needs to be returned to the library. Please appropriately recycle or dispose of the hotspot.***

Teaching Resources During Campus Closure

BOOK SCANNING SERVICE:  SDCC faculty can request to have up to 20% (to check Fair Use, see this evaluation tool) of a book from the Library’s collection scanned and emailed to them. Scans for class distribution must be placed on a platform that restricts access to a single class (i.e. Canvas).  See request form for further information and instructions.


Canvas Helplines

Help within Canvas
Once you have logged into Canvas, click the Help icon in the left column of the screen to open up a large menu of help options.

Support by phone
Instructure 24/7 phone support for City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education is available through the following numbers:

  • Students: 1 (844) 612-7421
  • Faculty: 1 (844) 612-7422

Online Canvas how-to guides
Instructure also provides hundreds of how-to guides for Canvas. If you are wondering how a certain feature works, or would just like simple instructions on how to use a certain area of Canvas, the guides are a great place to start!

Open Educational Resources (OER)

NOTE to faculty: please be aware that even if you are using OER or other free materials in your course you still need to inform the Bookstore what you are using, and in a timely manner. The information will be used in the course schedule so students can make informed decisions about classes, and will be used by DSPS to make accommodations for students who need them. 

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