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Library Collections

Hartnell College Library is committed to providing the highest quality of library services and resources to enrolled students, faculty, and staff of the Hartnell College community.

Public seating in the college library is available for 763 users. The library's book collection consists of approximately 60,000 volumes. Books are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. The reference collection is located near Reference Services. Photocopiers are available for library users.

From the library's home web page, library users may access the online catalog. The online catalog lists all the books, periodicals, videos, and other media contained in the library's collection. Computers throughout the library offer access to the Internet and Microsoft Office applications.

Periodicals and newspapers comprise an integral part of the library's collection. The library subscribes to about 300 periodicals. The titles, holdings, and locations are included in the Hartnell College Library Periodicals List, which is updated and printed annually. Microfilm and print back files of selected periodicals make up a portion of the library's periodicals collection. A microform reader-scanner is available for copying articles. Each spring an annual review of the library's subscriptions is conducted. Faculty recommendations are always welcome. The library subscribes to more than two dozen electronic databases, that provide full-text articles in magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference sources to assist students and faculty with their research needs. Off-campus access for students, and faculty is available for most of these resources.

The O.P. Silliman Memorial Library collection includes volumes relating to ornithology and the natural history of the Pacific coast. Access for researchers is by appointment.

Through memberships in the library networks of OCLC and the Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System (MOBAC), the Hartnell library staff can locate materials in other libraries and provide interlibrary loan services.