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Book Scanning Service for Faculty

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.

Course Reserve Requests

The Course Reserves collection is a special collection comprised of materials assigned by instructors. Reserve materials may include supplemental class readings, photocopied articles, videos and audio files, and sample tests. Reserve materials are kept behind the Circulation Center desk.

How to put an item on Reserve (Faculty):

  • Provide your own personal copy of an item or select an item from the Library's collection. 
  • Use the reserve request form (see below): print it out, complete it, sign it, and deliver it with the materials to the Circulation Center in the Library, located on the entrance level of the Learning Resource Center.
  • Notify your students the item is on Reserve -- but please note that processing may take several days from when you drop off materials until the material is actually available for students.

How to request to see an item on Reserve (Students): 

  • Find the call number for the Reserve item in the Library's online catalog under the Course Reserves tab.
  • Bring that call number to the Circulation Center staff so they can retrieve the item for you from behind the desk.

Research Sessions for Classes; Tours

Research Sessions for Classes (Library Instruction)

Faculty in all disciplines are encouraged to schedule a research session for their classes. These 90 minute +/- sessions cover the basics of research and include librarian-directed hands-on experience. Peer reviewed research has shown that attendance in these sessions 3-5 times has a positive impact on grades. With the input of the classroom faculty, each session is tailored to best fit the class assignments. Sessions may be scheduled for on-campus or online.

On-Campus Library Research Sessions

The Library's instruction classroom is located on the main level of the Learning Resource Center, Room R209. To schedule a research session, please fill out and submit an Instruction Request form for each class at least two weeks in advance. Feel free to send it via email to or drop it off in person at the Information Desk in the LRC. Instructors (not substitutes) must accompany their classes to the instruction session.

Zoom Library Research Sessions

Online research sessions cover the basics of research with a librarian who is ready to answer questions.  Depending on the arrangements with you, the instructor, these sessions can be modified in terms of length and hands-on opportunity for the students. To schedule a research session, please fill out and submit an Instruction Request form (see below) for each class at least two weeks in advance. Feel free to send it via email to, or with the subject line “research session request”.  Instructors, not substitutes, are required to attend the Zoom session.

Please contact Carol Withers (619-388-3871) with any questions.

Library Tours

Library tours for students are normally given on a drop-in basis the second and third weeks of class, advertised in a posted schedule here. If you would like to give your students extra credit for attending a tour, we can provide them a stamped tour schedule as proof of attendance after the tour.

Library tours for an entire class must be scheduled in advance so we may schedule an adequate number of librarians to conduct the session to a large group. Please call 619-388-3288 to schedule a tour for your class.


Subject Area Liaisons

Faculty librarians are available to develop and maintain subject collections to support the college curriculum. How can we help you? Let us know.

*Note: Sandra Pesce is on reduced load and will not be here in the spring semesters.  If you would like a librarian to contact you between January to June, please email


Department Disciplines Librarian Liaison
AODS & Behavioral Sciences Alcohol & Other Drug Studies, Admin. of Justice, Anthropology, Conflict Resolutions, Future Studies, Gender Studies, Global Dev.Stud., Human Services, Peace Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology Carol Withers (x3871)
Black Studies   Carol Withers (x3871)
Business Studies Accounting, Business, Consumer Studies, Economics, Marketing, Small Bus. Entrepreneurship Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Chicana/o Studies   Carol Withers (x3871)
Communication Studies Communications, Digital Journalism, Digital Media Production, KSDS Radio, Radio/Television/Film  Leann Mulholland (x3056)
Consumer & Family Studies Child Development, Education Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Cosmetology   Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Disability Studies   Carol Withers (x3871)
Engineering & Technology Electricity, Electronic Systems, Engineering, Environmental Control Technology (AIRE), Machine Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Technical Illustration Leann Mulholland (x3056)
English & Humanities ELAC, English, Humanities, Labor Studies, Philosophy Leann Mulholland (x3056)
Foreign Languages & ASL American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish Barbara Ring (x3319)
Health & Exercise Science Exercise Science, Fitness Center, Fitness Specialist, Health Education, Nutrition Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
History & Political Sciences History Barbara Ring (x3319)
History & Political Sciences Political Science Leann Mulholland (x3056)
Information Technology Computer Business Technology, Computer Information Systems, Information, Network & Web Technologies Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Life Sciences Agriculture, Biology, Other Life Science, Sustainability Leann Mulholland (x3056)
Nursing Education Health Sciences, Nursing Education Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Mathematics Mathematics Barbara Ring (x3319)
Personal Growth Personal Growth Sandra Pesce (x3245)*
Physical Sciences Astronomy, Chemistry, Geographic Info Sys, Geography, Geology, Other Physical Sciences, Physics Barbara Ring (x3319)
Visual & Performing Arts Dance, Dramatic Arts/Theater, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Music, Photography Carol Withers (x3871)


For more information, download the Library's Collection Management Guidelines:

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Textbook Affordability

OER logo link

This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Interested in lowering textbook costs for your students? Click this link to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER) at City College and in our district. 

Video Collections for Instruction

Several video collections are available for instructional (and student) use. Please see our Videos page for information about performance rights outside the classroom.

Library Search Platform

Get a quick overview of the Library's search platform (OneSearch) in just a few slides! Full screen and speaker notes/descriptive text available behind the three vertical dots in the control bar.

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