Library FAQs

SCC Library FAQ

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What do I need to check out books?

Your student ID card! Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff can check out circulating materials with a valid SCC ID card. You can access our official loan policy here


How do I print in the library?

When you are at your computer just hit print like you normally would. Once you are ready to print, go to the computer next to the printers (the "Print Release Station") and type your login ID (the first part of your email address - everything BEFORE the @my.stchas.edu) in the box on the screen. The jobs you sent to the printer will be displayed. Put your money in the coin box (it will take one and five dollar bills as well as silver coins) and then hit the "print" link next to your jobs. It costs $.10 a page and $.15 if it is double-sided. Ask at the reference desk if you need any assistance. 

Why can't I log into the databases?

The two most common reasons for login errors are:

1. You are not registered for the current semester
2. You tried to login using your Canvas/SCC Connection ID instead of your student ID.

Only currently registered students, faculty, and staff are allowed to use the databases off campus and you must use your Student ID number (or Faculty/Staff ID number) with "sc" at the end.  

For students it should look like this:  0213685sc
For employees it should look like this:  0123456sc

If you are still having problems, call the Reference Desk and we can verify the number we have for your account. Call 636-922-8620. 

What hours are you open?

Fall and Spring semesters:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday

Summer semester:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
 
Intersession Hours (in-between semesters and spring break) - Academic Calendar
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday

How do I find scholarly articles?

When your professor says you need to use scholarly articles, what they mean is that the article has to be written by a scholar. You can find articles written by scholars on the Internet but many times those articles can't be viewed without paying for them.

Luckily the library already pays for access to these types of articles in the library databases! You can access the databases from our home page by clicking on "Search for Articles-Databases."  

All of the library databases contain scholarly articles but a good one to start with is Academic Search Premier because it has a large number of articles on almost any topic. We also have subject-specific databases for programs like nursing (CINAHL) and education (ERIC). If you need articles about literature (novels, short stories, plays, or poems) use our literature database (Gale Literary Sources).  

For more information on the difference between popular and scholarly sources watch this 3 minute video.  

What is MOBIUS?

MOBIUS is a consortium of Missouri libraries that work together to provide residents with books from libraries all over the state in 3 to 4 business days. MOBIUS includes ALL of the college and university libraries in the state along with a few public libraries. When you combine all those libraries you have access to over 25 million items! You can search MOBIUS libraries here, and when you request a book it will be sent to SCC in just a few days!   

If you do request a book to be sent to SCC, you will be notified of arrival through your CougarMail. You can check the book out for 3 weeks and return it to the SCC Library when you are done. 

Click here for more information about our MOBIUS policies and procedures.

Is there a quiet study area?

The study area on the second floor of the library is the quiet study area. No cell phone usage is allowed in this area and no group study. It is usually the quietest place on campus!

We also have study rooms on the second floor. Keys to the study rooms can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. These rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis. Rooms check out for three hours at a time.


Does your library have ebooks?

Yes we do! You can access our ebooks collections here. We have about 140,000 through EBSCO we have some online reference books through Gale Virtual Reference Library and we have some nursing ebooks through Ovid.   

What do I owe if I am late returning a book?

We know that sometimes things happen that prevent you from returning your books on time. We don't have any late fees for our library books so as soon as they are returned your record is clean! However, if you have overdue books a hold is placed on your account until the item is returned. This means you won't be able to register for classes, get grades, or request a transcript - so you want to make sure you return all the library materials you check out :) We'll let you know an item is overdue by sending an email to your CougarMail - that way you can either try and renew the item or return it in a timely fashion.

If you check out an item that has been placed on Reserve there are late fees that accrue simply because of the high turnover and the likelihood that another student is waiting to use the same material. If the item checked out is a two-hour Reserve item the late fees are 50 cents/hour. If the item is a 7-day Reserve item the late fee is $1/day.

Where is your fiction section?

Because of the way our library is set up there isn't necessarily a "fiction section" like you would find in a bookstore or at the public library. There are a few different locations you can go to find fiction titles in our collection. The first place is on the first floor of the library on the shelves closest to the library entrance. Here you will find two different bookshelves. One is for "Popular Books" and has a range of current titles with an emphasis on mysteries/thrillers and romance. The second highlights our "New Books" and you can find fiction titles in the "P" section located on the side of the bookshelf facing the windows.

We also have fiction interspersed in the library's circulating collection. If you go upstairs to the second floor of the library and enter the Stacks (the room beyond the double doors where quiet study happens) look in the P section - you'll find fiction titles in the PG-PT call number range, depending on what your literary interests are. You can also check out our Juvenile collection which is located in the very first row of bookshelves farthest to the right when you enter the Stacks. Here you'll find children's books including Newbery and Caldecott award winners and various Young Adult titles.

One last way you can access fiction titles is by checking out one of the library's 6 Color Nooks  These are preloaded with popular fiction and nonfiction titles and they can be checked out for one week at a time.  

What kind of help can I get from the librarians?

The Reference Librarians at SCC are here to help you with all of your information needs. Whether it is choosing the right search tool, finding the best sources, or citing them appropriately, the librarians will help you navigate the research process. You can come by the Reference Desk any time the library is open or you can use the menu at the right to call, chat, or text us.  

My instructor told me to use EBSCO, what's that?

EBSCO is a company that produces online databases and we pay for access to many of their different databases. If your instructor said to use EBSCO they probably meant to use Academic Search Premier which is the largest EBSCO database we have. Still confused? Watch this video to find out more about accessing articles through our website.

How do I get books and articles that you don't have in the library?

You can use MOBIUSThe SCC Library is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium of more than 60 academic libraries in the state of Missouri and a few surrounding states. Currently-enrolled SCC students, faculty and staff can request books from any MOBIUS library. Requested books typically arrive in 3-4 business days, and you are notified via email when they are available for pickup. If it is not convenient for you to pick up your books at SCC, you may request for books to be sent to any library in MOBIUS though "Pickup Anywhere." "Pickup Anywhere" is great for students, faculty and staff who live in Missouri but reside a significant distance from SCC. "Pickup Anywhere" allows you to request, pick up, and return items at any MOBIUS member library. 
 
For more information on requesting material see our requesting material policy page.  

Interlibrary Loan

Research materials which are not found in the MOBIUS online catalogs or cannot be accessed via our full-text online databases can be obtained from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) process. Articles usually arrive in 1-3 days, but some materials may take 1-2 weeks to arrive depending on the lending library. Use this form to request material not available through MOBIUS. Email ill@stchas.edu for assistance.

MOBIUS and interlibrary loan are not available to community users.


How do I renew my books?

If you need to renew your books there are a couple different ways to do it. The first, and easiest way, is to go to the library website and click on the "Access Your Account" option (located in the middle of the page). Once there you will enter your name and your SCC ID number (followed by the letters "SC") to get into your account. You will then see all the items you have checked out. You can select those items you wish to renew and click on the "Renew Marked" button (or "Renew All" if you'd like to renew everything you have checked out). If the items are renewable you will see a new due date appear. If an item isn't renewable it will let you know and the item will need to be returned.

You can also call the Circulation Desk for assistance with renewing books. The Circulation Desk number is 636.922.8434. Just be prepared with your SCC ID number. 

Do you have videos I can check out?

Yes we have DVD and VHS formats that you can check out for 7 days if the video isn't on reserve for a class. You can look at a browsable list of our videos or search for a title in the catalog. The DVDs we have available for checkout are on the first floor of the library. You can browse the titles by looking on the first shelf leading into our Reference Book collection.

You can also access streaming videos online through Films on Demand.   

Do you have any videos available online?

Yes we do!  

The library pays for access to a selection of videos from Films for the Humanities and Sciences called Films on Demand. You can access this off campus if you are a current student, faculty, or staff.  

Can we have study groups in the library?

Yes, the library is a great place to meet with your study group!  

Study rooms are available on the second floor (keys checked out at the circulation desk) for groups. Each room has a white board, TV, and VCR/DVD player. Rooms can be checked out for 3 hours to students with a valid student ID card.  

We also have space in the back of the library (the Information Commons) that is set up for collaborative learning with adjustable furniture.  

If you are a group of 4 or less, the tables on the first floor of the library can be used as well (if the study session is a pretty quiet one). The only place you can't study and talk is the quiet study area on the second floor (the stacks). That area should always stay silent for individual study needs.   

 

How much does it cost to print in the library?

The library's Pay-for-Print system costs 10 cents a page if you print single-sided and 15 cents for a double-sided page. The computers default to printing double-sided in an attempt to save you money as well as saving paper, but this can easily be changed when you go to print. If you're not sure how to change this setting come see a librarian at the Reference Desk - they're happy to help!

As a friendly reminder, the library printers only print in black and white. If you need to print in color you can go to the ACE Center Computer Lab in the SSB. Color printing is available for 30 cents a page. 

My instructor put a book/video/CD on reserve. Where do I get it?

If your instructor has placed something for you on Reserve you'll need to go to the Circulation Desk to check the material out. Make sure you have your SCC ID with you in order to get the material.

When an item is placed on Reserve that means that your instructor wants the material to be easily accessible for the whole class. Typically items are only available for in-library use, meaning you'll have to read/watch the material in the library. The standard check-out time for Reserve material is 2 hours, though if the check-out time is different we'll be sure to let you know.

What is the best database to use to find literature criticism?

We have several databases devoted to literature criticism. The best one to start with is Gale Literary Sources because it covers all types of literature (novels, short stories, poems, etc.) and all time periods. But we have a few more that can help as well: Choose "Literature" in the dropdown box on our database page for a full list of our literature offerings.  

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