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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 | Technology Support & CheckoutsTeaching Resources | Canvas | OER


Book Checkouts


Update 9/21/20: Books checked out before the COVID-19 campus closure in March were due Oct 15th. They will no longer be renewed, so please return them: You can do so anytime via the book-drop slot next to the Library's front entrance door OR come to the Library in-person on Mondays between 11am-1pm when the campus is open. The library will be closed between December 15 and January 3.


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

Library Resources & Services During Campus Closure

Welcome video link

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 semester:
    • 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.

Technology Support & Checkouts


The San Diego City College’s Independent Learning Center (ILC) is offering remote support services!

ZOOM: Live, drop-in Zoom support for our College Community Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM – to 1:00 PM.  Sessions are designed to facilitate the sharing of technology related inquiries associated with remote-computing and software support.


 EMAIL: You may also send an email to


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 between 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon on Mondays.

Teaching Resources During Campus Closure

NEW: BOOK SCANNING SERVICE:  SDCC faculty can request to have up to 20% 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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