Library Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When is the Library open?
    • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sunday: CLOSED
    The Library is closed on all legal and Compton College holidays. Shorter hours are in effect during winter and summer sessions. Visit the Library homepage for the most current schedule of hours.
  • Who may use the Library?

    While any member of the public (18 and older) may visit the Library, only currently enrolled Compton College students may check out materials from the circulating and Reserves collections, access the databases, borrow a study room, and use the computer lab.

  • How do I get a library card?

    Your current Compton College student ID card is your library card. The first time you checkout a book, please show a government-issued picture ID to staff at the Circulation Desk. Library staff will need to input your card into the computer system.

  • How many books may I checkout?

    Up to six books (print or electronic) may be checked out.

  • How long may I borrow books?

    Circulating books may be checked out for two weeks and renewed once. Textbooks may be checked out for one hour, limited to in-library use.

  • Is there a fine for overdue books? What happens if I lose a book?

    The Library does not normally charge for overdue books. However, if you checkout a book and do not return it, you will have to pay for the entire cost of the book. If you have paid for a book and then find it, return the book in satisfactory condition for a refund.

    NOTE: If you have overdue books you will not be able to checkout new books from the Library and may not be able to enroll in new classes.

  • Are there photocopiers available for student use?

    The Library has three photocopiers for student use. Black and white copies cost 10 cents each. Color copies cost 25 cents each.

  • Are there printers available for student use?

    The Library has one printer for student use. To use the printer, documents must be in PDF format and saved on a flash drive. Black and white pages cost 10 cents each. Color pages cost 50 cents each.

    Limited free printing is available to students on the second floor of the Library-Student Success Center (L-SSC) building, inside the Computer Lab.

  • Are there computers available for student use?

    The Library has a small computer lab containing eighteen computers. This lab is restricted to use for library orientations, library 101, and students taking online classes. Additional computer labs are located on the second floor of the Library-Student Success Center (L-SSC) building, and in the Vocational-Technology (VTEC) building.

  • Is there WiFi in the Library? How do I use it?
    WiFi is available inside the Library and all across campus.

    To connect to the WiFi:
    1. Open your WiFi networks and select the network labeled  "CC-Students." 
    2. When prompted, use your MyCompton email address (without the and password to log into the network.
  • How do I search for a book?

    Use the Library's online catalog to find print and electronic books. In the search box, type the title, author, subject or ISBN you are looking for. The call number shows where the book will be located on the shelf. Please ask a librarian for help at the Reference Desk if needed.

  • How do I search for a magazine, newspaper, or journal article?

    Use the Library's online databases to find articles from magazines, newspapers and journals. Academic Search Complete or ProQuest Research Library are recommended for those new to database research. When accessing the databases off-campus or from a personal device, your MyCompton username and password is required. Please ask a librarian for database help if needed.

  • My instructor wants me to get information from scholarly journals. How do I find them?

    Use the Library's online databases to locate information from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Most databases have search options you can select to limit your search to scholarly journals. Please ask a librarian for help if needed. Video tutorials showing how to access and navigate the databases are also available on the Databases page

  • What is the donation policy?
    Criteria for Donation
    The Library welcomes donations in the form of:
    • textbooks newer than five years old
    • print books newer than five years old
    • Compton College yearbooks.
    Materials NOT accepted:
    • advanced reader copies and galley proofs
    • periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals)
    • Encyclopedias and reference book collections 
    • yearbooks from other institutions
    • audiovisual materials (CDs, DVDs, VHS)
    • items of a personal nature
    Materials must be clean and good repair without major physical damage, including rips, tears, cracks, loose binding, mold, bugs, and stains.

    The Library reserves the right to use all donations as it sees fit, including addition into the collection, giveaway of items, and disposal.
  • How do I donate items?
    1. Check that your items satisfy the criteria for donation specified in the Library's donation policy.
    2. Bring your item(s) to the Circulation Desk for consideration.
    A receipt for tax purposes is available from the Circulation Desk upon request. The Library cannot assign a monetary value to any donations.


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