Five things you didn’t know about the ARC library

ARC student Victor Villarreal, biology major, using the library’s laptop to do his anthropology class homework. Laptops at the library are available for check out for two hours at a time.

Services often overlooked by students are available all year long

The library has more to offer students than just a quiet place. Their services are constantly being updated and are offered to help students reach their full potential. Here are five things that you may not have known about the library that you may want to take full advantage of.

Laptops: Need a computer as soon as possible? Instead of walking around the computer area like a zombie for 30 minutes, you can checkout a laptop. All you need is your student ID card. If a laptop is in stock, you can check it out for two hours. This is great for students who don’t need a printer.

Books On Reserve: At the circulation desk, there are textbooks that you can checkout for two hours. To check out a textbook overnight, you need to do so two hours before the library closes. The books are then due back the next day at 8:00 a.m. If you check out a textbook on Saturday, it is due back Monday at 8:00 a.m., because the library is closed on Sundays.

Request a Book: Need a book but it’s not on campus? You can go to the ARC website, click on “About the library,” scroll down to “request,” and follow the directions. You can order a book from the local colleges or from anywhere in the United Sates.

Research Appointments: Need help finding new sources and don’t know where to start? You can make an appointment to have a librarian’s undivided attention for 25 minutes. During this time, you get help with things like MLA and APA citation styles, and navigate around the Library Catalog and Research Databases.

Databases: If you need more accurate sources than just Google searches, then the ARC databases might just save your grade. Through the database, you can locate magazine, newspaper, and journal articles that give you exact citations. You can find sections such as general, arts, basic skills, e-books, etc.

Remember that there are always more things to a library than meets the eye. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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