Doyle Library Virtual Tour | Part 2

This tour introduces you to the services and materials the library offers and where to find them. Use the navigation carousel below the main picture to proceed through the tour.

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  • In addition to the features that are on each floor of the library, the second floor's services and features include the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and Collection, the Periodicals Desk and Collection, Doyle Cafe, and the Quiet Study Room.

  • The Circulation Desk (707.527.4550) is located to the left just as you enter the library. At the Circulation Desk you may check books out of the library and borrow laptops and ipads for in-building use. The loan period is three weeks, with a limit of twelve items. Overdue fines for books are 25 cents per day and there are fees for lost and damaged books. All fees must be paid at the SRJC Accounting Office (707.527.4973) in Bailey Hall.

  • If you can't find a book on the shelf, come to the Circulation Desk for assistance. You may request books that are checked out or are at Mahoney Library via the library catalog.

  • There are also display cases and a plasma screen in the entry hallway. These exhibits change throughout the year.

  • The Reference Desk (707.527.4548) is the place to ask for research help in the library. A reference librarian is always on duty when the library is open.

    Reference books have information on many topics. Most reference books, such as atlases, dictionaries and encyclopedias, are not meant to be read cover to cover, but instead to provide specific pieces of information. They may not be checked out of the library.

  • Why use print reference sources? Several reasons! 1) The sources are trustworthy. 2) It's easier to browse by topic, both within specific reference books and on the shelf in your subject area. 3) Print reference books are a great way to start your research and get overviews on your topic.

  • The Atlas Case contains specialized atlases, which are usually bound volumes of maps. Atlases can also contain information on a wide variety of subjects. These books are separated into several broad categories such as World, Regions of the World and Historical and Natural Sciences. Because of their size, atlases require special shelving, so they are in a case at the back of the Reference Collection.

  • The Leisure Reading and New Books are located on the shelves at the end of the Reference Collection.

  • Doyle Cafe is on the right of the main entrance to the library. It is a great place to get a snack and read popular newspapers and magazines. Eating and drinking is discouraged in the library, so please do it in the cafe.

  • The Periodicals Desk (707.521.6073) is just past the Rotunda and to the left. Periodicals are publications, such as magazines, newspapers, or professional and scholarly journals, that come out on a daily, monthly or other regular basis. In Periodicals you can browse current issues of periodicals, check out back issues of periodicals for library use only, find microform versions of periodicals, check out an iPod audio tour of the library and explore the library in person, and, get help using the second floor Print & Copy Center.

  • The Current Display Shelves to the right of the Periodicals Desk, at the north side of the Periodicals Reading Room, contain the most recent issues of over 300 popular, scholarly and scientific magazines and journals, such as The Economist, JAMA, Time, Vogue and Sports Illustrated, arranged alphabetically by title.

  • Behind the Current Periodicals Display shelves is the large, open Periodicals Reading Room, with comfortable chairs by the windows and study tables equipped with electrical outlets and task lights.

  • The shelves bordering the east side of the Periodicals Reading Room and across from the Print & Copy Center contain the Bound Periodicals Collection. These are older, print issues, bound in book form, of periodicals with important graphics and photos, or of historical significance.

  • The black file cabinets along the back wall of the Periodicals Desk contain older issues of magazines and newspapers on microform. One section of these cabinets contains microfilm, the other section contains microfiche.

    There is a microform reader and printer near the Periodicals Desk. There is a fee for prints made at the microform printer. See the Periodicals Desk for help with the microform reader and printer.

  • Microform comes in two formats, microfilm and microfiche. Microfilm is a long strip of film on a roll, and microfiche is a small sheet of film, about the size of a postcard. You read both formats on the microform reader, where you can also make printouts.

  • The Print & Copy Center on the second floor is on the south side of the building (to the left when you enter the building), past the Periodicals Desk and the Bound Periodicals shelving.

    Go to the Periodicals Desk for assistance using this Print & Copy Center.

  • These are the glass doors that enclose the large Quiet Study Room. This room is located on the west side of the library and is the only completely quiet space in the library. The Quiet Study Room is sometimes reserved for classes.

  • The third floor is home to Circulating Books A-F, the Faculty Center for New Media, the Special Collections Room, and a Reading Balcony. It also has, just like the second floor, computer workstations, study tables, group study rooms, restrooms, and a Print & Copy Center. There is no public service desk on this floor. If you need assistance, go to the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor, or the Periodicals Desk on the second floor.

  • The shelves on the third floor are the beginning of the library's Circulating Book Collection. These books can be checked out of the library at the Circulation Desk on the second floor. The letters posted on the end of each shelf match the letters for the subject areas in the Library of Congress (LC) system.

  • The Library of Congress System assigns letters for general subject areas. Books in the library are organized by subject using these letters. Please go to the library's Library of Congress Classification Guide for further explanation. This section of circulating books includes these general subject areas: A - General books; B - Philosophy, Religion and Psychology; C - Archeology, Genealogy and Biography; D - General and Old World History (World History and History of Specific European Countries); E - American History.

  • These subject letters combine with numbers to make up a Call Number, which is found on each book. Each Call Number is unique, like a street address. Ask the reference librarians on the second floor for help whenever you cannot locate a section of books.

  • The Special Collections Room is located at the end of the first section of circulating book shelving. This locked room contains our California Collection and the Lewis & Clark Collection. To check out a book from this location (for use in the library only), ask at the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor.

  • There is a large Reading Room on the north end of the library, with views over Emeritus and Race Halls. A large oak tree sculpture leads to the Reading Room.

  • The shelves in the northeast part of the floor, to the right of the Special Collections Room, continue the Circulating Book Collection. The subject areas include:

    E - American History; F - History of the Americas; G - Geography, Anthropology, Folklore and Sports; H - Social Sciences such as Statistics and Economics; J - Political Science; K - Law; L - Education; M - Music

  • The Print & Copy Center on the third floor is to the right of the elevator hallway and the stairs. This Print & Copy Center has all the equipment that the others do, except for a print card vending machine. You may purchase a print card from the machine in the fourth floor Print & Copy Center. Go to the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor for assistance using this Print & Copy Center.

  • On the west side of the Library (to the left and through the Rotunda as you exit the stairs or elevators) are glass doors leading to the outdoor Reading Balcony. This is a great place to take a break.

  • In the south corner of the third floor is the distinctive curved glass wall of the Center for New Media. This is a high-tech computer lab where faculty and staff can develop creative multimedia course materials. Click here to go to Part 3 and complete the tour.


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