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Resources & Services During Campus Closure

The Library (in the R building) is physically closed, but many Library collections and services are available to you online. See below. 

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 with our new service. 

Library Use Only materials (course reserves and textbooks) are not available because the Library building is still closed due to COVID-19.

Library Resources & Services During Campus Closure

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 at these times during the Fall and Spring semesters (not Summer):
    • Monday and Tuesday from 8 am - 2 pm
    • Wednesday and Thursday from 12 pm - 6 pm
  • 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 or wifi device? Click links below for more information:


Returning a Device? Students participating in San DiegoCity College’s Chromebook Loaner Program may return a loaned Chromebook and/or Hotspot 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. No appointment is needed to return items.

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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