The SRJC Libraries provide a collection of approximately 154,000 printed books that support instruction and learning at SRJC. Reference materials, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases, are books that we refer to for quick information. They generally do not need to be read cover-to-cover, and they must be used inside the buildings. However, most of the books circulate, and they can be borrowed for home use.
In addition to the printed book collection, the libraries offer access to nearly 210,000 electronic books on a wide variety of topics. Some of these are reference books that may be searched via the online databases.
The SRJC Libraries offer a collection of approximately 400 current magazine, journal, and newspaper subscriptions in paper and/or microform format. These periodicals are listed by title in the catalog and also in the printed "Periodicals Holdings" list, which can be found in both of the college Libraries. In addition to the paper and microform periodicals, the periodicals collection is greatly enhanced by a rich collection of online databases, bringing the total collection of periodicals to over 9,300 magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals.
The SRJC Libraries offer a complete periodicals list online. This list tells which periodicals are in any of the collections, and whether they are found in paper or microform format or in one of the online databases. Consult the periodicals list also to find out which databases contain a specific periodical title you need or to see a list of periodicals available in a particular subject area. Older issues of some of the periodicals are available only in microform format. Microfilm and microfiche collections in the Doyle Library are housed just south of the Periodicals Desk area. A microform reader/printer is located near the Doyle Library Periodicals Desk. Microforms in the Mahoney Library are kept at the Circulation Desk.
The SRJC Libraries offer students, faculty, and staff free access to over 40 online databases that contain millions of articles from magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, statistical sources, and sets of standard reference books that specialize in the subject areas of art, literature, science, and more. Use the databases also to identify articles on a particular topic in many of the printed magazines and newspapers subscribed to by the SRJC Libraries. SRJC students and staff may use the databases from on campus or off. Off-campus use requires a User Name and PIN.
Looking for good Web sites on a particular topic? A collection of Internet resources lists hundreds of Web sites selected for use in answering questions received from SRJC's students and faculty.
A collection of music CDs, both classical and popular, may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk at the Mahoney Library and through the Media Services Department at the Doyle Library. CDs are listed in the catalog. Use the catalog's "Search Limits" feature to limit your search to the "medium:" "Sound Recording," then enter your search terms.
Materials that an instructor wants an entire class to read are put on "course reserve" in the Libraries. These include articles, pamphlets, sample tests, and papers from previous classes, instructors' copies of some SRJC textbooks, and more. Reserve materials are usually limited to use in the Libraries only so that all students in the class get a chance to use them.
While most books in the SRJC Libraries are selected to support the SRJC curriculum, a very small collection of books for recreational or leisure reading is often displayed. Some of these books are eventually added to the regular book collections; others are returned to the supplier. Leisure reading books are listed in the catalog, but are not given a call number unless they later become added to the regular book collections. In the Doyle Library, they are shelved in the second floor Reference Desk area, at the very end of the call number sequence (i.e., after call numbers that begin with the letter "Z").
A collection of articles, photographs, notes, college yearbooks, student newspapers, and other documents related to Santa Rosa Junior College and its history is housed in the Doyle Library. A smaller collection of Petaluma Campus-specific materials can be found in the Mahoney Library archives. Ask at the Reference Desk of each library for further information.
Copies of Patrin, the SRJC yearbook, are shelved on the second floor of the Doyle Library in the Reference Desk area. (Patrin ceased publication after 1969.) Patrin volumes may be used inside the building only.
The Special Collections room, on the third floor of the Doyle Library, is home to hundreds of old and rare books, dating as far back as the early 1800s. The California Collection, housed there, contains many books on California, Bay Area, and Sonoma County history. Searches in the catalog can be limited to the California Collection if you'd like to see the range of books in the collection. The Special Collections room is locked; to access items located there, take the call numbers for the books you need to the Reserve Desk on the fourth floor. You may use three items at a time.
A globe is located outside the third floor reading room in Doyle Library.