- Your student or WCC employee ID is your library card.
The One Card program lets non-affiliated local residents use other local library cards to check out items from WCC Library.
Community members without another local library card need to show picture ID.
Instructors put textbooks and other materials on reserve so that they are available for all students in the class. Other types of items placed on reserve are samples of student work, such as tests and research papers.
The reserves section is at the circulation desk, where you first enter the library.
Items are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. Most reserve items are limited to in-library use for a period of two hours. Some reserves items may be checked out overnight, and some for three days.
Although the library does not purchase textbooks for classes, instructors often put their own copies on reserve. OneSearch allows for searching materials on reserve with a tab for searching just the reserves.
Sometimes the library will also accept donations of older textbooks; these can be found in the stacks.
The college bookstore has a list of texts for the current quarter and related textbook information.
The library has several TVs with VCR and DVD players connected. These are located upstairs near room 301B. Some of the computers in the library can also be used for DVD viewing. You may borrow headphones from the circulation desk.
Loan period information is available under policies.
There are three ways to renew materials you have checked-out from the WCC Library:
- In person at the circulation desk
- By phone - call the circulation desk at 360.383.3300
- Online - go to OneSearch. You must first Sign In. The system can show what you have out (and your recently returned items) under My Account, as well as saved queries and saved results.
No, the library does not have enough staff to support this service. We do allow holds to be placed on items that are checked out. You will be contacted once the item is returned to the library so that you may come in for it.
Whatcom students may check out materials from Western Washington University and most of the other libraries in the county via the One Card program. Items checked out from a participating library may be returned to any participating library.
The Bellingham and Whatcom County public library systems will deliver materials to the WCC library for their patrons. Select items from their combined online catalog and choose "Community College" for the location when placing a hold (you will need your public library card number). They will alert you when your item has been delivered to WCC. Items are placed on the cart near the self check-out station, found across from our circulation desk. You need your public library card to use the station, and WCC library circulation staff are not available to help with checkout of public library materials.
Our library catalog is called OneSearch and can be used to search for physical materials (books, dvds, music cds) as well as a select amount of online journals and eBooks.
For links to other regional library catalogs, see the Whatcom One Card information at the bottom of our Borrowing Privileges page.
These are collections of articles from journals and magazines that are in electronic, searchable format. Often the full text of the articles is available and fully searchable. In some cases, only the citation information is available, such as the titles of the article and journal, the author, and a brief summary (aka abstract). The databases provide access to information that is not otherwise available on the web.
The library pays subscription or licensing fees and the terms require that only valid patrons access the databases. When on campus, the database providers rely on Internet Protocol addresses to determine if you are an authorized user.
When off-campus, clicking a database or vendor link will take you to a login page. Use your WCC network username and password to log in, and you’ll be authenticated and passed through to the database. You may also use remote access using VMware Client software. Both methods are limited to use by WCC students, faculty, and staff.
Access our online databases.
Current issues of periodicals are kept on flip-up shelves along the north wall of the main floor. Back files of most titles are kept for one year. The periodical back files are shelved below each periodical--flip up the shelf to find the old issues.
If you are doing research, search some of our online databases for articles.
- The library is accessible to the mobility impaired. An elevator provides access between floors.
Restrooms are located on the main floor of the Heiner Center. Exit the library, and look to the right of the stair rails and tables. There are also bathrooms on the lowest level.
This library term refers to ranges of open shelves. In our library, it refers to the shelves on the top floor where materials available for check-out are located. Our reference collection is on the main floor, and these are not available for check-out. Our online catalog notes the location where an item is found, and also if it is available.
Yes. The wi-fi network on campus may be used by those who have a network account.
To print from the wi-fi network, you must use the VMware client (login to MyWCC for more information). You can also log on to one of the campus computers to print.
Yes, if you have a MyWCC account. Specialized software may be available to you depending on the courses for which you are registered.
Nearly all of the computers in the library have Microsoft Office on them (three stand-up-use-only computers are reserved for short-term use and do not have Office). In addition to the computers in the main library area, there are computers in the library instruction room -- these may be used when a class is not in session. A calendar showing classes is posted to the left of the instruction room door.
- Yes. You may need to save them to the computer (or campus server space) first.
If you tried double-clicking on the file name, try opening the associated program (Word, Excel, etc.) and then using the File>Open dialog box to access the file. If you don't see your file, make sure all types of files will display by setting the 'Files of Type' drop-down at the bottom of the dialog box to All Files (*.*). If you have a word processing program other than Word, saving your files in Rich Text Format (.rtf) will maximize portability between programs.
If the file will not open properly, it is likely that your file is in an incompatible format.
No, but the Student Computer Lab on the lowest level of Heiner has one. You can elect to print to it from the library but you would still need to go downstairs to get it. The cost for printing color is more than black+white printing.