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Information on books and ebooks

The JSCC Libraries collectively house over 50,000 print volumes organized according to the Library of Congress Classification.

Students, faculty, and staff may borrow items from any campus library and return those items to any campus library.  To check out items, simply bring your items to the main [circulation] desk at any campus library.  

Library staff can request items from other campuses on your behalf and have the item(s) delivered to your campus via the college's courier service.  Please inquire at the circulation desk to take advantage of this service.

To locate books in print, use the Search everything option from the tabbed search box or use search box found on the Research page.  Either option will locate print books found in any of the four campus library locations. From the results page, limit your results to "Catalog only":

Image of Limiters to Catalog Only

The following search results used the keyword philosophy as search term; results limited to Catalog only provide the Location, Shelf Number, and Status of each item.  [Shelf numbers are explained below.]

Shelf Numbers Explained

The JSCC Libraries use Library of Congress Classification to organize our print collections.  This system simply arranges materials on the shelves by subject.  A series of letters and numbers make up the shelf number or call number and these are based on the subject, specialty, and additional information such as author, title, and date of publication.  This number is then placed on the spine of the book.  See the image below:

Image of Call Numbers


The call number is explained in more detail below:

Image showing call number detail

The JSCC Libraries provide access to over 200,000 electronic books via several collections.  Use the search box to find only those books that can be accessed electronically or search one of the resource databases below.

Searching via the "ebooks" only option will retrieve electronic books from different sources, therefore, access may be different depending upon the source.  See the graphic below for the options in accessing electronic books.